If it seems like I’ve been absent a lot lately, that’s probably because I have been. But not because I’ve given up or quit blogging. Absolutely not! I’ve been busy with two really big projects.
I’ll tell you about one today and I’ll save the other for another day.
So, what have I been up to?
Drum roll, please…
Pacific Games 2019– Triathlon
In January, I participated in a Sprint length Tri, here in American Samoa. With about a month’s training, I gave it everything my poor, untrained body had and made it across the finish line.
Well, it turns out, that race was a qualifier for the Pacific Games, coming later this year, in July, in Samoa (Western Samoa, as it’s commonly referred to here), and I had qualified!
Full disclosure, I was the only female competitor to finish the race, which kind of felt like I was cheating at first. As I’ve been training though, I’ve realized that as long as I’m putting in equal work and effort, I really am earning my right to be there, to represent American Samoa.
And the more I train, the more I think I might have a fighting chance at the Games.
I don’t know that I’ll be bringing home the gold, but looking at results from previous Games and seeing my times improving, I think I might be able to finish in the Top 10.
Or at least that’s the goal I’m shooting for, right now.
Next week, I’ll be hopping over the 50 miles of ocean, in a plane only big enough for myself, the pilot, and 5 of my closest friends (not emotionally close, rather we’ll be packed into the plane like sardines, haha), to compete in the Samoan Championships! My last Tri race before the Games.
Wondering what training for a triathlon looks like?
Swim. Bike. Run. Repeat.
It’s pretty simple in theory, but actually, I have a whole schedule of training and eating. I have my distance training. I have sprints at the track, on the bike, and in the pool. Block workouts happen on Saturdays and recovery workouts on Sundays.
I track everything I eat, all my calories and macro-nutrients (carbs, protein, and fats). Every bite I put in my mouth is accounted for in an attempt to give my body exactly what it needs, to get it to it’s optimal shape. And don’t even ask how much water I’m drinking everyday!
Why am I putting myself through all this?
Because I’m so grateful to be blessed with this chance of a lifetime! I’ve always been a runner, and even done a few Tri’s, but I’ve never been a front of the pack kind of girl.
Making Dreams Come True
When I was a kid, I dreamed of going to the Olympics. While this is still a far cry from the Olympic arena, I find myself with the opportunity to compete at an international event with world-class athletes.
And I’ve got to tell you, it feels like a dream come true!
Who would have thought this 35 y/o mom of three, could find herself in this place?
I think, around the time I had my first baby, is when I said my final goodbyes to those dreams.
Now, we’re living on a remote island in the middle of the South Pacific, where modern conveniences can be scarce. I’m training in tropical heat and humidity and traversing pot-holed, dog-guarded streets that make it even more complicated.
Yet here I am.
And so, I’ve been putting my heart and soul and body into my training and preparations. When friends ask what we’ve been up to, Nate’s favorite answer is something like, “Melinda’s been training.” haha
In all honesty though, Nate’s been incredibly supportive. He’s been my biggest cheerleader and, more than once, helped me remember my why, at times when I’ve lost sight of the goal.
But it has been taking a lot of my time and energy, as well as our family time, too. And while, I’m looking forward to simplifying our lives again, after the Games, for now, I’m going to keep pushing myself until I can confidently say that I’ve given it my all!
Next week, I’ll share the other big project that has been keeping me from blogging. And it’s another biggie!
I do miss blogging, though. So, I’ve made myself a promise to get back to posting regularly, weekly, but I have a favor to ask of you…
Will you let me know what you’re looking for? Do you prefer these personal, what’s going on in our lives posts? Or do you like the more structured lists and informative posts? Do you like to see a combination of the two? Are you interested in island life, here in American Samoa? Do you want updates on my training or a report of how it goes at the Pacific Games this Summer?
I have a list of posts I’ve been wanting to write but haven’t made time for lately, which gives me a path forward, but Traveling Outside-the-Box is not just an outlet for me to write my thoughts, it’s a platform I created to facilitate helping other individuals and families who want to make travel happen and to live life on their terms.
So, please, let me know how I can help you. Comment below or shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.