I saw a meme somewhere, FB? Instagram? somewhere...that said "Do one thing everyday that scares you." No, wait, it was on the side of a Lululemon bag. Anyway, I'm about to do something that will scare me everyday for 16 weeks. I just registered for a sprint triathalon.
Historically, me signing up for events like this has had the exact opposite intended effect. The intended effect is for me to have a goal to work towards, something that is outside my current comfort level that will require extra training/dicipline. The idea is that the event will be something looming over my head that will give me that extra push in my daily workouts, and when the event comes, I will be so fulfilled by all my hard work and preparation. Not to mention be in the best shape ever, and have a banging body. Amiright?
Instead... shortly after registering for an event, I tend to procrastinate, put things off, and then panic one week out from said event. In 2009 I signed up for a 1/2 marathon with my friend. It was February, 1/2 marathon was in June. Plenty of time! I went for a few runs in those 4 months, but never followed a proper training schedule. I was also at my heaviest adult weight. The race was not pretty. I signed up in 2010 to redeem myself, but ended up backing out at the last minute because I didn't train enough, and I didn't want to just slog through again. There have been other instances of similar behavior for 5K's, 10K's and other events. The outcome has always been that instead of ramping up my training, I seem to do the exact opposite. Kind of like when anyone tells me to do something...I am my biggest obstacle.
Lately I've been really into forgiving myself, and NOT letting history repeat itself. Just because I used to eat a whole lot of food out of boredom/sadness/celebration/whatever doesn't mean I still have to do that. Just because I've tried a few times in the past to be motivated by signing up for events and failed at preparing doesn't mean it will happen again. I have it in me to be the change, to set new precedents...I just have to get up one more time then I fall down.
The event is roughly 16 weeks away, it is an all female sprint triathalon. The swim is 1/3 mile, followed by a 12 mile bike, and then a 3 mile run. I know I can go out today and bike 12 miles. I know I could go out tomorrow and run 3 miles. I'm pretty out of the loop on swimming. There was a time I was a good swimmer, I just haven't been in the pool regularly in years. That is priority #1. I acquired a jogging stroller yesterday, so that will be my new best friend. I have been taking the kiddo on tons of walks, so I'm just going to turn those into jogs/ runs/ runs and walks. I'm going to train with my current bike (mountain bike) but will have to get or borrow a road bike for the event. My plan is to train for the run and bike with as much resistance as possible (pushing a jogging stroller, pulling a bike trailer) and get into the pool as much as I can between now and summer. When summer hits, I'm going to need to incorporate some lake swims, since the 1/3 mile is in the lake.
Phew. Yeah. In 16 weeks, I'm going to be participating in an event that involves wearing a swimsuit. I'm a little scared.
Oh, weigh in today- blah. Up one pound- not surprising, had family in town for holiday weekend, ate all the good things around town. Back at it today. 9lbs to go. :( doesn't sound as good as 8lbs...