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!
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.
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!
Yes, yes it is.
Here’s this week’s workout schedule:
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.
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
Saturday: 1.5 hour CT class at Endure It! Naperville
Sunday: 1 hour swim + 4 mile run
Can’t. Stop. Sharing. Motivational. Quotes. They’re just too good not to share!
Hope you have a good week! XO
Ain’t that the truth. Let’s kick some butt this week, friends. XO