Day One – Stop making excuses

I’m sick or “pretend” injured…

I’m tired….

I don’t have time…

I’ve tried and I’m still not as good as _____…

The gym is too far away…

It’s too cold outside, or its raining…

I could keep going with this list, but I’m guessing you get the point. So often my training gets derailed by my own inner dialogue I have with myself, that I am… truly my own worst enemy in the training department. So often I miss just one day of training and then I pack up the trunk…the show is over!

When I look in the mirror I’m not who I once was. Don’t get me wrong, and don’t worry I do not have self esteem issues, but my body has taken a vacation on me. And not the kind that gets all sun kissed and sandy… no… my body is not as muscular as it once was. I miss that…

I used to run 6 miles per day, and swim and bike nearly every day as well. I was in a cycling club that logged 80-100 miles per weekend, I was completely “in shape”.

I’ve tried over the past few years to get motivated, and get back on the fitness horse, but I haven’t really gotten on. Sure I’ve ridden side saddle, but I want to ride western style again like i’m in a wild wild west movie. I’m getting back on with low running mileage and two sports I really love and adore…swimming and biking.

I’m not planning anything really crazy this year, unless you think that 6-8 triathlons this year is “crazy”. Nothing will be over an olympic distance, because again… i’m learning to ride a horse again… not try and ride 8 seconds on a wild bull. (what’s up with the western theme..seriously?)

So… here it is… laid out for all to see. I’m about to stop making excuses and just do… or just TRY for Pete’s sake.

I’m doing 4 indoor triathlons this year at various Life Time Fitness locations around the metro. Why four? Because if I do 4 I get this super nifty transition bag and I can look cool when I show up to my other races!

I’m also planning to do some open water/outdoor triathlons as well.

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Today… was day one…

Since Jason’s been home with Kirra all day the girl doesn’t get out much and see people her own size. Because I have grown to hate this winter I’d much rather workout inside than outside… plus if I’m going to be training for a a triathlon and swim its kind of hard to swim in frozen lakes, and bike on icy streets. Besides that… there is a great kids area at the gym so she can get some kiddo time.

So! We went… Because i’m on the huge Triathlon kick, and since my first one is in 6 weeks I thought I better get training. Today – was a “see where I’m at”, backwards triathlon.

Run
Bike
Swim

RUN:
Ran 20 minutes on the treadmill. This is the time that you have to run for the indoor tri. You’re scored based on mileage. I started out walking for 5 minutes and ran about 13 minutes, and then took a 2-3 minute cool down slow run and walk. I made it a whopping 1.5 miles!

Bike:
Walked over to the bikes, adjusted my seat and off I went. After doing a quick heart rate check I had to slow down. My bike seat was all goofy and kept twisting and shifting on me, so that was just a real treat of a ride… also the seat raises and lowers in levels not exactly my height… so it was kind of a sucky ride. I think in the future I’m just going to do spin class where you can adjust your seat exactly and wear your cycling shoes which makes such a HUGE difference… but I kept it above 90 RPMs and biked for 30 minutes which is the time that you’re supposed to bike. I made it a whole 7.4 miles! Woot! I think I could go faster on a spin bike which I get to be on for the tri.

Swim:
Jumped in the pool and started out with my tried and true = breaststroke. I used some tips from my co-worker Quinn for better technique and “drills”. My co-worker is/was a competitive swimmer so I feel like I can utilize her expertise and get some help. We were talking about how silly it is that I do breastroke for triathlons when freestyle will help me go a lot faster and probably conserves more energy.

The reason I don’t do freestyle is that my breathing always gets jacked up, and my arms get super tired… but I thought, ah what the heck and gave it a try. To be honest… I think with some practice the freestyle stroke is going to be the one I utilize this season. It felt better, and was surprised that it worked. When I tried to go too fast I barely made it 25 yards, but once I slowed down…regulated my breathing it worked out great! Speed will come later. For now… i’m working on technique and not drowning…. If I had to guess I’d say I went 300-400 yards.

All in all it felt good! Kirra had a blast playing with people her own size.. when I told her it was time to go this was our dialogue as she was climbing in the slide area:

Me: Kirra its time to go
Kirra: No… not yet
Me: Kirra, I want to go home
Kirra: Well… I don’t

Eventually I bribed her out with Dora.

She had to go potty, so our conversation continued:

Kirra: um. Mommy? Did you have a nice swim?
Me: Yes Kirra. I ran and biked and swam actually.
Kirra: Yeah, I have to run and bike and swim tonight too. I’m going to be so busy and pooped out!

All in all I’d say it was a great workout. I’m excited to do it again!

Until Next time….

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