As I mentioned earlier, I had an ambitious plan for August, a plan that included the Boulder race which would quickly be followed by a trip to Nicaragua, and I felt somewhat trepidatious about the outcomes of both of these experiences. As I reported earlier, the race in Boulder went really really well, and I was more or less on a good high for about 24 hours. Despite being tired, my body did not ache terribly, and I seemed to bounce back from the race without too many issues (could have pushed it a bit more, obviously). I was, however, a bit concerned about traveling to Nicaragua after only one day of rest, and when I left Denver on Tuesday morning, I also felt somewhat resentful that I had to interrupt my post-race celebration by heading to the developing world to actually work!
Looking back, however, I believe that it may have been one of the best decisions that I made. While the Boulder race experience was awesome, it was a completely selfish endeavor. I don´t think that selfishness is necessarily bad, but I spent plenty of time this summer (and in the spring) prioritizing my schedule and my "needs". Being here in Nicaragua is not relaxing, although I am certainly not working out (unless physical labor counts as a workout), but it has allowed me to shift gears and to focus on different goals and to put other people´s needs and schedules above my own. Even better, I have thoroughly enjoyed the country and am beginning to make plans to return on my own next summer to see and experience more of Nicaragua and its people and culture.
I must confess, however, that I am looking forward to the weekend. We´ve principally been in the Managua area, and we head to the Pacific coast this weekend to a resort. I´ve never been to an all-inclusive resort and have no idea whether I will like the experience or not. I am, however, excited to be close to a beautiful beach and also enjoy what is supposedly the largest pool in Central America! I also hope that they make a good mojito because I have visions of myself drinking several of them...
This might be my "true" recovery, not just from Boulder 70.3 but from the past 10 days or so!