Before the twins arrived, I was a runner. That’s not to say I’m not a runner anymore, but previously I basically ran, and ran and ran some more, with very little cross training.
Then I hurt my back, and my chiropractor recommended amping up the cross training. More specifically, swimming and biking. Bryan bought me a hybrid bike for my birthday last year and I’ve enjoyed the occasional ride, but I’m really not much of swimmer. In fact, prior to about 6 weeks ago I can count the number of times I swam for exercise on one hand.
Interestingly, I’m finding that I really enjoy more frequent cross training because it helps me avoid burnout. I look forward to my workouts more now that I’m doing different things. In fact, I’ve even started to enjoy swimming and even swam a whole mile (!) last week. I’ve secretly been doing brick workouts (swim/bike, bike/run etc) once a week for the last several weeks.
So of course, you know what this means.
It’s time to try a sprint triathlon. It’s been on my mind for several weeks and I’ve finally decided I’m going to register.
This particular race consists of
- .3 mile swim (yes, point three)
- 12 mile bike ride
I know I won’t place, but I know I can finish. If the contact lenses I ordered show up in enough time I’m going to jump in on the race next Sunday, otherwise I’ll race on August 10 (because you know, being able to see for the whole thing would be nice).
July 21, 2014 at 12:47 am
Good luck! Triathlons are fun!
July 21, 2014 at 5:26 am
Wowsers – that’s impressive, especially so soon after babies! Well done you – keep us posted!
July 21, 2014 at 3:57 pm
Good for you! Even if your contacts don’t show up in time I’d recommend going to the first race as a spectator so that you can see how people handle the transitions and everything. You’re going to love it!
July 21, 2014 at 8:43 pm
Good for you! I still have yet to do a tri. I want to, but haven’t signed up for one yet.
July 23, 2014 at 12:25 pm
Best of luck to you! It was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life, Cate
July 23, 2014 at 4:27 pm
Lol. I love your updates even about “secretly training.” I think we “think” very similarly and process life during exercise. Some of the ivf and pregnancy months when I couldn’t really exercise were so hard! Anyway, so excited for your new cross training habits. Like you, biking and swimming have never been in my list of favorites, but maybe I should revisit them…
July 24, 2014 at 3:13 pm
You’re amazing. I could never do a triathlon! You go girl.
July 26, 2014 at 2:54 pm
So cool! Way to go girl! I cannot wait to read about it!