Monday, February 13, 2012

What's Next For Me?

It's not a secret I've been struggling with losing weight lately. And by lately, I mean since October which is when I got down to around 241 and then proceeded to gain and lose the same 2 pounds over and over and over.

But through the roller coaster, I've continued to exercise 3-4 times a week. Even the week after the half marathon last month, I made it to the gym twice. At this point, my exercise routine is just that, very routine. And I love that. As I was running my 8 miles yesterday, I realized I may weigh the same as I did 4 months ago, but I AM FIT. I can run 8 miles. I can do a 60 minute yoga class. I can ride my bike 10 miles at a time. And pretty soon, I will find out if I can swim.

I like goals to keep me on task. Even though my exercise routine is second nature at this point, if I don't have something to work towards I start to skip workouts.

So I signed up for my 4th half marathon.

Yep, I am crazy. There is a big Rock n Roll race in Nashville every April. This is the event I did my first half marathon at and hated it. Hate. Hate. Hate. So, I have a lot of anxiety and negative feelings towards this race. The hills are unforgiving on this course and the weather in Nashville can be brutal (it was 85 and sunny when I did it 3 years ago and 2 years ago there were severe storms and they had to cut off the marathon). But I am going to conquer it this year.

But there's more...

For awhile now, I've wanted to change up the half marathon running. It just gets to be monotonous to keep training and running 13.1 miles in my book. SO - after a Twitter conversation with Skinny Emmie, I picked up Slow, Fat Triathlete and was sold on doing a sprint triathlon this summer.

A sprint triathlon is usually about a 1/2 mile swim (750 yards), 12.5 mile (20K) bike ride, and 3.1 mile (5K) run. And I plan to do this in 2012.

I am targeting the Innsbrook, MO Octomax Triathlon on June 23, 2012.

Which, would mean serious triathlon training would begin at the end of March so for four weeks between the end of March and the end of April I will be training for both a half marathon AND sprint triathlon AT THE SAME TIME.

I feel a little crazy, but invigorated. It's a new challenge, it's something I've never done before, and it's exciting. It is also majorly scary because these thoughts are going through my mind:

- I haven't even gotten in a pool to swim laps in 20 years.
- I've never ridden more than 10 miles on my bike at once.
- I don't own a road bike.
- I have no idea what to wear.

But I will figure it out, because I want to be a triathlete!


Anonymous said...

I think it's awesome that you're going for it! It sounds like fun and something that is well within your capabilities to train for. I am so afraid of the swimming portion that I'm not sure I'll ever be brave enough to do a tri. Does that race feature an open-water swim or a pool start?

marisol said...

Holy moly! I think you can totally do this. It's good to set short term goals because it gives keeps you going.

Emmie said...

1. You're crazy.
2. I love it.

We still need to do a tri together when my ankle heals!

Brittany said...

You are freaking amazing! And i love you for it!

Anonymous said...

I am SO glad I found your blog! I know exactly what it's like to struggle for months with those same few pounds and it can get so frustrating but the fact that you aren't giving up is incredibly inspiring! For that very reason I know you are going to reach all of your goals!

Also! I'm not able to run right now because I'm pregnant but reading through all of your posts really has me motivated to pick it back up after my little guy arrives in May. You rock and you are going to kick butt with the training! Keep up the amazing work, you look great!

Anonymous said...

Wow - that sounds like a great way to mix it up!

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