Ahh time is flying by isn’t it?! It’s already fall and today marks ONE MONTH till my 1st half Ironman – Ironman 70.3 Miami! I cannot freaking wait. Well maybe my body can ha…
So many people have asked if I feel ready. The short answer is NO! Yes, I have been training but it still doesn’t seem like enough when you put the whole event together. It really overwhelms me. I am mainly feeling a bit hesitant because my hip is really hurting me. This same injury started flaring up when training for my 1st full marathon, Grandma’s Marathon, this past June. As soon as I start increasing my miles in training it comes back.
But then I sit back and ask myself why I am doing this in the first place. My number one reason is for FUN. This has got to remain fun or I am OUT.
|Yes, I’m a nerd. Yes, I have fun while training.|
Secondary reasons are to push my body to levels I never thought possible. Taking on the next step in endurance sports. Devoting myself to a healthier lifestyle. Taking chances. Traveling. Being a proud Coeur Sports Ambassador.
Between swimming, biking, and running (and working full-time)…there just isn’t a lot of free time! Please let me know when you figure out how to clone yourself 😉
I have stuck by the Training Peaks plan presented to me and feel proud of myself for that.
This is definitely me newest area. I feel as though I am a strong swimmer – without any technique what-so-ever HA. I have never taken a real lesson or been coached on how to swim. Sooo I’ve just kinda been wingin it! I have also never swam in an indoor pool lap-style. What kinda triathlete AM I?! The one who lives in Minnesota and jumps in a local lake or preferably at my cabin!
Actually my weakest sport. You’d think I’d be stronger because of those soccer legs, but not so much. But I’ve definitely put more miles on my bike this year then ever before and FINALLY got clip-ins. And for that I’m proud.
I am loving exploring new trails and areas around me. It’s amazing how “lost” you can get. I learn something new on each ride. And I smile
Sooo I guess there’s more than 3 “sports” involved in triathlon training. We gotta be strong too, right?
I have included a ton of strength training into my workouts kinda by accident! Not only do I teach at Studio ME Fitness, but I also sub at The Shed Fitness, and teach classes at my apartment. I have been taking on a lot lately but it has actually benefited my training (2 birds right?!).
The HIIT and BOSU classes I teach at my apartment are total body workouts that allow me to get in essential core, lower, and upper body exercises. If I wasn’t teaching these type of classes a few times a week I’m not sure that I would make the time for it. Very thankful for my side-gig!
|Ready to teach HIIT in my bright clothes!|
Major component and focus. This year I have taken a huge step when it comes to my nutrition. I was always the girl who ate whatever I want whenever I want. Blah! Ever since I made nutrition a priority I’ve seen big changes in my athletic ability. It’s nice not carrying around the extra weight and I do NOT miss that bloated feeling!
|Farmer’s Market Gooooods|
|Veggies, brown rice, chicken = standard|
|Lots of GREEN smoothies MMM!|
Discipline ~ Commitment
Absolute essentials to training for a triathlon. I have had to say NO to many fun things and YES to many healthy decisions. For that I am proud. Need to stay focused and on target to cross that finish line.
Making Time for Fun
Yes, I am proud of my discipline and training but that doesn’t mean I still don’t make ANY time for fun. I like to consider myself well-rounded and young at heart. My birthday weekend was FILLED with adventure. I must be 30-something 😉
|Horseback Riding and Skydiving!|
|MN Vikings game – SKOL!|