Why We Tri

I cried the first time I swam in Lake Michigan. Literally. The waves were huge, and that shit is scary. I stood on the beach- wetsuit on, arms crossed, debating if I should quit this whole triathlon thing before I start.

Daniel came across this pic tonight. I wasn't lying, guys!

Daniel came across this pic tonight. I wasn’t lying, guys!

Two triathlons later, I’m signed up for 4 new races. (The first is in 3 weeks!) It’s hard to imagine life without the sport.

IRONMAN and Women for Tri recently launched the WHY campaign, which is “aimed at focusing on what triathlon adds to your life, not its perceived “barriers.” Source

In short, IRONMAN and Women for Tri want to know the reasons WHY women compete.

I seriously dig a good marketing campaign, and long bike rides give me a significant amount of time to talk to myself reflect. Here’s my WHY:

It’s a ‘face your fears’ kind of thing. I feel empowered by accomplishing training goals that once seemed unrealistic. I’m getting stronger each week and becoming a more confident version of myself. Triathlon has sparked new goals and dreams and a passion that gets me out of bed in the morning.

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” Oprah

Loving life at the Chicago Triathlon.

Loving life at the Chicago Triathlon.

XO

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Monday Motivation on Wednesday?

Oy vey! Sometimes 8 hour workdays become 12 hour workdays and Monday motivations become Wednesday motivations. I’m still trying to squeeze in workouts before or after the fun long days. Busy days have left me even more excited for tomorrow’s run!

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Yes, yes it is.

Here’s this week’s workout schedule:

Monday:  Rest

Tuesday:  1 hour spin class

Wednesday:  Dream- 40 minutes cycling. Reality- Nada, nothing, 0 miles, big ole’ goose egg. Can’t win ’em all, right?

Thursday:  850m swim + 4 mile run

Friday:  1000m swim

Saturday:  1.5 hour CT class

Sunday:  6 mile run + strength

To end on a happy note, I’m so pumped that it’s supposed to be 40 degrees next week! If you live in the burbs, don’t be alarmed if you see a gal running in her swimsuit. Just kidding. Kinda.

XO

Monday Motivation: Time to Train

How is it already Monday? You sneaky weekend!

Although half Ironman training doesn’t officially begin until March, I’m starting to step up my training game. It would be a real shame to croak during my first official week of training due to poor preparation. I’ve decided to begin sharing my weekly workout schedule because A) If nobody knows, it didn’t happen B) I might need each of you to hold me accountable for my claims C) Some of these plans may help you meet your own training goals.

Monday:  1 hour CT class at Endure It! Naperville

Tuesday:  Strength + 4 mile run (Daniel’s plans for my strength training torture are still TBD. Chest and tris were part of Sunday’s workout, so we will focus on back, bis and abs.)

Wednesday:  1 hour swim (I pull my swim workouts from this wonderful blog. She hasn’t posted lately, but there are a million archived workouts to try.)

Thursday:  5 mile run

Friday:  REST!

Saturday:  1.5 hour CT class at Endure It! Naperville

Sunday:  1 hour swim + 4 mile run

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Can’t. Stop. Sharing. Motivational. Quotes. They’re just too good not to share!

Hope you have a good week! XO