Quilter’s Block

Enter now into the creative void.  I’m stuck.  I think it is because the weather has turned so amazing that I no longer want to spend hours in my basement like fungi, sewing.  I’m in between projects and feel a little uninspired creatively and more inspired physically.  I’ve had my bike out lots and have started to prepare for my next running race (the Toronto 10 Miler).  I’m a bit excited about my fitness level this season.  I feel really strong after the marathon in both running and oddly enough, cycling too.  I’m really looking forward to seeing what I can crank out this race season.

Perhaps what I need is to buy some new fabric … ?  I should be using this great weather as a push to make myself some new summer threads since I apparently have NOTHING worth donning in my closet.  What in the hell did I wear last summer?  Every year it’s the same question isn’t it?  Although last summer I had a new born and the summer before I was pregnant so I’m thinking I wasn’t the picture of style two years running.  Maybe some new fabric could help with that.  Visions of pretty skirts and tops are taking shape….   hmm…. maybe there’s some inspiration there afterall.

Here we go Again!

When I started this blog I thought I would be focusing all my content on sewing/quilting/creating things.  As I’ve navigated my way thru this far, I realise that I can’t limit my creative energy to only “material things”.  A huge part of who I am is linked to endurance sport.  Until I started this, it hadn’t occurred to me how many comparisons and metaphors there are between the two things.  For example, when you make a 5 month commitment to training for a marathon, it’s not hard to see how you could take on the making of a king-sized houndstooth quilt.  The devil is in the details really – every day you accomplish a little bit and then at some point you look back and see your hard work all coming together. 

Having just finished the Mississauga Marathon, I’m doing some reflecting on the experience and thinking ahead to my next goal.  Maybe I’m never satisfied…. entirely possible. Any how, I planned on finally beating 4 hrs and for the 3rd time, the mark eludes me.  I’m slowly chiseling away at my time (literally minutes at a time) but still wind up short (or too long as it is) of my goal.  I could come up with a number of “reasons” for why I didn’t make the cut: i was on antibiotics for a sinus infection, I had a sick baby keeping me up the week before, I tapered too soon, I should have run more – all true but in the end it just doesn’t matter.  I didn’t do it and the goal is still hanging over me.  So what am I going to do about it?

Move on to the next one.  I’m considering the Toronto Waterfront Marathon again.  I ran it several years ago (my first) and have done the half there twice.  I am familiar with the course and it literally goes thru my neighbourhood.  The real question is: do I want to take on the huge training again?  Intellectually I do but i am afraid a month or so in that i will get bored of it.  The reason I became interested in triathlon was exactly that.  How could you get bored of 3 sports?   I’m also considering another cycling event.  I feel lost if i don’t have a significant goal to work towards so whatever I choose has to be of substantial difficulty to me.  

I’m thinking I’ll get back in the pool and hit the road on my favorite ride and see what grabs me.  I have my sights on a sprint tri in August (it’s actually 1k/33k/7k) so that feels like enough of a challenge at this point considering I haven’t done one in 3 years.  After that there is a local 10 miler Ive been wanting to give a shot.  It’s a perfect tune up race for the marathon should i choose to go ahead with it.  Meanwhile, marathon training will start june 17 so that gives me some time to see how I’m feeling about doing another or perhaps a long course cycling event.    Oh and I have to return to work from mat leave in september so I guess I shouldn’t pick a race for the fall that’s going to kill me.

What a shame to have so many options…. life is good:))