Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sleep When You're Tired, Not When You're Dead

Training for a triathlon has already taught me a lot about myself and I'm *technically* only 3 weeks in. But one of the best things it's taught me is how truly great I am at sleeping. Why don't we have races for that? Whoever falls asleep fastest gets a free tshirt, medal and footie pajamas. They say it takes the average person like 7 minutes of laying still to fall asleep. I'd say it takes me about a minute and a half...and I'm still moving to get comfortable. Maybe I have a disorder. But I think that would be called triathleitis which is greek for "one who trains to perfect 3 sports at once...and is insane." I've *almost* always been an outstanding sleeper but I've really learned in my old age how important sleep really is. It helps me lose weight, train smart and successfully, remain patient and less agitated, controls my anxiety and most of all makes every day awesome! What's funny is that I've been typing this for way too long because I'm yawning and losing focus. Must be time for the curtain call. Night night friends!

 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Eagle Creek Sprint Tri

Yesterday Tyler and I went to Indianapolis to volunteer at the Eagle Creek Sprint Triathlon. This was the first race of a summer sprint tri series and was at the same place I'll be doing my tri in August so I thought this was a great opportunity to check things out. We were working in the transition area and I was really excited about that because it's an important part of the race and the part I wanted to get some pointers on. It was so much fun! The only other tri I've been to is the Ironman Louisville where I was a production assistant for Ironman Live. Incredible, yes. But a totally different league so I was definitely excited to see how "real" people transitioned. Surprisingly, they transition an awful lot like Ironmen. I'm definitely nervous about the open water swimming but I think I can survive...hopefully. Here are some pictures for your enjoyment...

[caption id="attachment_434" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The reservoir where the swim takes place.[/caption]




[caption id="attachment_436" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Transition area[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_437" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Transition setup samples for me to take notes on...[/caption]



 

 

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Bumblebee

Aerodynamically, the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly. But the bumblebee doesn't know it, so it goes on flying anyway.

This is one of my favorite quotes of all time. I heard it for the first time when I was working at The Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies and it's just really stuck with me these years. As a woman who weighs nearly 200lbs (woo hoo! I don't weigh 200lbs anymore!!!!) I shouldn't be able to complete a 5k, 10k or 10 miler. I shouldn't be able to ride my bike for any miles let alone 5 without being winded. I shouldn't even be in the position to CONSIDER completing a triathlon. But I'm doing it anyway. I wish that we could all be like the bumblebee. We have no idea what we're capable of so why do we limit ourselves? If we never knew there were things we couldn't do would they become things we could do?

Enough of my philosophy for now...on the schedule for yesterday was a 200m swim. I did it after my initial CrossFit evaluation (which I loved!) and since I can't find my goggles from the move decided to swim blind and practice going in a straight line. It's amazing how hard that is to do! Anyhow, today was a rest day so all I've done is ride my bike to and from my mom's house (about a mile and a quarter away). Tomorrow calls for a run and Sunday a bike ride. Hopefully I'll keep this up!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Exercise or Die

I know, I know, I suck at blogging. But for once I have a great excuse. I'm officially training for a triathlon! I'm pretty sure anyone who actually reads this already knows that but I thought I'd tell all of cyberspace. The biggest problem with training is that I'm so sleepy by the time I sit down for the day! I get up early (around 5:30 or 6am), workout, go to work all day, home by 5:30 or 6, cook dinner, attempt to spend time with the kiddos and Tyler and fall asleep by like 9. I know, it's pitiful, pathetic even! But I just can't keep my eyes open by the time I eat dinner and sit down.

On the bright side, I've lost 15 pounds (almost 16) since I've started my real eat right and exercise lifestyle changes! I've lost inches here and there and am down to a size 12 (was wearing a 16 at my highest) and I really am proud of myself. But g-damn is it frustrating! Sometimes I just feel like I'm the only one in the world who used to be skinny. Like I'm the only one who gained a bazillion pounds after college. Obviously, I know that's not true but doesn't mean I don't have my bad days.

So for the past month I've been pre-training for the triathlon and this week started the first full week of training. Monday was a rest day which is good because after just moving over the weekend, I didn't feel like doing anything! Yesterday was a 15 minute run which I did once in the morning at the gym (p.s. I hate gyms) then went with my sister for another 15. And, like a true workout junkie I rode my bike to the park where I'd be meeting my sister then rode home just to get in a little extra practice on the bike. Today was a 5 mile bike ride which was going really well until my handlebars totally came loose and almost killed me. Shortly after my back brakes gave out. How did I get bad bike karma already?! But all is well, the bike went to the doctor and is all better now. As a side note, how crazy is it that I bought a bike and signed up for a tri without knowing how to ride said bike? When I was little my dad only got as far as taking my training wheels off before he got sick with cancer. He never got a chance to teach me to ride other than once (when I fell off and decided I was a lost cause) but luckily this time around I had my big sister to help me. THANK YOU ALEXIS FOR HELPING ME LEARN TO RIDE A BIKE!

Anyway, this is as long as I can last. So sleepy of course. Tomorrow calls for a 200 yard swim...andyogaandcrossfit...ugh, I'm such an addict!