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Thoughts On Training & Transformation

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Monday, October 01, 2012

For the past two days, I've been working late into the night on my Training Goals and Plan for the entire coming year. I figure, once I finish this half marathon, I'll take two weeks of complete rest for recovery. But then, November 1st is a great time to begin serious training and weight loss for the coming race season, which, for me, will begin in March 2013.

I've been following a very detailed process in setting up this training plan and I found it in "The Triathlete's Training Bible". There is SO much that goes into this that I never thought of, you guys! But I love that it walks you step by step through each week of the year and helps you assign total hours to each week for workouts. It practically sets it up so you CAN'T overtrain. I really needed that kind of help and those kind of limits.

The first thing I had to do was decide on my races for next year. Only then could I determine how my training should be focused and should ebb and flow throughout the year. So, I chose 10 races (two 5ks, a 10k, two half marathons, a full marathon, two 1-hour indoor triathlons and one sprint triathlon) - spaced out enough, of course, so I could avoid fatigue. If you really are desperate to know which races, I've posted them on my SparkPage.

It seems insane to plan this far in advance...but, if you think about how you need a certain number of weeks to build strength, endurance and speed before any given race, then recovery time as well and then you think that there are a total of 52 weeks in the year...and I've chosen 10 races that are pretty much packed into a 9-month time start to understand how short a year actually is!

I figured, while I'm at it (and while some of the races I just did are fresh in my mind), I should probably put together a budget too. If I know how much I need, I can just set aside a large chunk of my tax refund and have it be a race fund. No more scrounging for hotel money at the last second, you know?

I included every expense I could possibly think of in this budget (all race registration fees, any travel costs like gas and hotels, food for away races, extra spending at expos, 3 months of unlimited spinning in the winter Prep and Base Training phases, and a joint supplement that a personal trainer friend of mine has been begging me to try - she swears it will heal my tendinitis). All this...and I need to purchase a proper road bike for my triathlons. I am certain the bike I have now does not correctly fit me. Plus, it's a men's bike. Haha. Obviously, that's a big chunk of my budget (about $1500) and it's just a one time purchase. grand total estimate came out to.....


$5700 - for an entire year of racing and training

This is all individual costs and does not take into account any race coupons, roommates in hotel rooms at away races, etc. Also, I travel for my job twice a year and I rack up some pretty nice air and hotel reward I'm certain that will alleviate some of these costs.

So, leaving out the bike...let's go with an estimate of $4,000. Isn't that an UNGODLY amount for a hobby?

Well...let's change tracks for a second. My good buddy, Michelle, bought me the cutest shirt for my birthday. I tried it on and put on my "skinny" jeans and happened to walk by the mirror this morning. I thought, "Hey, this makes me look nice." But then I did a little search through some old photos and I was literally floored at the difference between then and now.

My running buddy and I have talked about how our bodies are changing and, even if we don't believe it or see it ourselves, they are shrinking. I have had SO many comments lately and do you know what I think to myself while I thank the person who is gushing over my transformation???? "It's just the outfit that is an illusion. I still look the same. This person knows I've been working out so they are just saying that to try to make me feel good. I don't look that different."

And it's not even just with other people. My own mind refuses to move forward and acknowledge my size reality. I still get confused and feel like I need to order a 2XL shirt because the XL won't fit me. I have been wearing XL for quite some time now and have not worn a 2XL in months....but I can't seem to let go of that idea that I'll never lose weight.

But when I saw this photo...finally, guys....finally, I believe that I am changing.

That girl on the left was shrinking from that camera. And look how she was hiding herself under baggy clothes. The one on the right has nowhere to hide the flab. There can't be any trick lighting when the shirt is that tight. And I'll tell you ass looked pretty awesome today too...but I couldn't get a good pic for ya. Sorry. The girl on the right is kinda sassy, isn't she? She is beginning to believe that she *might* be desirable and that people might actually look at her twice, rather than completely ignoring her.

How much is that woman on the right worth in dollars? How much would the woman on the left spend on diabetes or heart disease in a few short years if she didn't shape up and get with the program? How many years of life would she miss and what is the financial value of seeing her grandkids grow up? Can you put a price on her confidence and comfort in her own skin?

Is she worth $4,000/year and a whole hell of a lot of hard physical work in the gym and out on the trails?

Are you?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    Your transformation is amazing and yes, if you have the cash I believe that this is the very best way that you could spend it. Hopefully everything will end up being cheaper in the end, but it is good to overshoot your costs and then be pleasantly surprised when they are lower. YOU ARE WORTH IT! KEEP PUSHING!

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ISABELLE31 10/2/2012 11:07PM

    Such an awesome before-and-during shot! You're definitely making great progress!

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DR8561 10/2/2012 9:35PM

    You are absolutely worth it! emoticon

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KIPPER15 10/2/2012 9:23PM

    You are so worth it. You look fantastic. I love the sassy attitude. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 10/2/2012 6:37PM

    the changes in you . . . PRICELESS!

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    You are so inspiring! You look great and it's (you) are definitely worth it!

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ROSES4ME1 10/2/2012 3:16PM

    I have friends who are amazed that I pay for gym membership and even pay for a persona;l trainer weekly. But they think nothing of the cost of their medications for high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. and surgeries for knee, hip and back problems. Consider the money you spend taking care of yourself a long-term investment in good health that will pay HUGE benefits to you and everyone you love. It is not a hobby - its healthcare!!

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AMARILYNH 10/2/2012 2:08PM

    OMG I loved your blog!!! YES you are worth it - and YES you are banking the future benefits in good health!! You look (and I'm sure FEEL!) awesome!! It would be insane NOT to plan ahead for those races - plus it gives you that much more time to look forward to them!! This is a blog for which a 'like' button isn't enough - we need a LOVE button!! emoticon

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PEGGYO 10/2/2012 1:33PM

    only you know for sure if it's worth it.

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GOULDSGRANITE 10/2/2012 1:04PM

    You're coming on strong girl!!!! Keep it up!! Fail to plan is a plan to fail! You are a winner, Leah. Really, at worst case scenario, that is under $20 a day. We are so worth it!

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GUITARWOMAN 10/2/2012 12:56PM

    What an interesting blog!

You are correct, you do look fit and firm.....

About the dollars....I think we women tend to put ourselves at the bottom of the heap when it comes to caring for ourselves......not good.

As long as there are enough resources to meet needs of family members and necessities such as food ans shelter, then you go for it girl, and spend $!

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LYNSEY723 10/2/2012 11:44AM

    Awesome blog - thank you for this!!!

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NEWSGIRL2177 10/2/2012 11:35AM

    Investing in yourself -- your goals, your spirit, your health -- is such a great message.
And you look awesome, chickadee!

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RICHILA 10/2/2012 11:23AM

    That glow of confidence is worth everything!
Spark On! You Got This! emoticon

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MSTWOMOONS002 10/2/2012 10:45AM

    Hi Leah;
WOW girlfriend you are looking Good all Your hard work & effort is changing you. You keep going strong, You are worth every penny you spend on getting healthy. Spending the money you say for a hobby is better than giving it to health conditions you don't want or need. I'm so proud of you and all the changes you've made in your life. emoticon emoticon

Many Blessings Debby

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PATTISTAMPS 10/2/2012 9:49AM

    WOW!!! You look FAB-ulous!!! Amazing what a "few" little runs, swims, biking, and strength training can do... LOL... I know you have worked hard for this, and you deserve emoticon for all that work. Yes, you are worth it. You were ALWAYS worth it!

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NILLAPEPSI 10/2/2012 8:43AM

    Wow!! You look great!!! And yes, you are worth it!! If you love your exercise program, then it's more than just a hobby.

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IAMFRANSGIRL 10/2/2012 8:33AM

    Way to go! You look so happy and confident!

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GRUMBLEGIRL 10/2/2012 7:37AM

    Great commentary. You are investing in yourself. One makes an investment for a long- term payoff and that's exactly what you are doing. The benefits in this case far outweigh the costs, in ways that can't even be measured as you have noted above. Happy training!

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TAMMYINPA 10/2/2012 7:20AM

    emoticon As always, thanks for me making me think about "me" and want I and need in this part of my life.

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COCK-ROBIN 10/2/2012 6:42AM

    You have changed, and you look wonderful!

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TORTISE110 10/2/2012 5:54AM

    Just believe! You are awesome. Great photo and yes, worth the investment! Just think, you could have sat and eaten that money! Egads. Instead you used your resources to get healthy. emoticon

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REGILIEH 10/2/2012 5:49AM

    emoticon emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/2/2012 12:29AM

    You ARE worth it. You're right--you can't put a price on that kind of confidence, transformation and sassiness! Work it!

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BUBBLEJ1 10/2/2012 12:17AM

    It all adds up, but when you think of all the money you would spend on fast food and medical bills (with a different lifestyle)... I still think healthy living is cheaper!

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KRYSTALLA 10/2/2012 12:09AM

    Great blog, you are worth it. Your health and happiness are worth it.

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GOING-STRONG 10/2/2012 12:01AM

    Sometimes it is very difficult to think that we are WORTHY and we think that our time, money and energy should be spent on others. WRONG! We are worthy and are entitled to live a healthy and happy life. Yes, $4,000 sounds like a lot but you will definitely get your money's worth... go for it!


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    Oh yeah! I feel the same way about the 2XL shirts and now I'm in an adult LARGE with room to spare! It's really hard for my brain to compute. When I catch myself in a mirror, though, I see it. I still don't BELIEVE it, but I see it. Those are GREAT pictures of you! Rock on!

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JMARIES51 10/1/2012 11:20PM

    This is truly one of your best blogs that I have read. Your energy is totally different. You are seeing your value and not just in a dollar amount. You are seeing your value in a healthy happy person. There is no amount of money that can buy or pay for the feelings you were expressing. emoticon emoticon

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 10/1/2012 11:08PM

    I'd bid on you in that auction!

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COLETTEISGREAT 10/1/2012 11:02PM

    Awesome job!!! Is it worth $4000 to love yourself? You bet it is!!

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-VIXEN- 10/1/2012 10:58PM

    How inspiring! Yes, we are worth investing in. Invest in health or invest in doctors, pills, treatments and the like. Sounds like you have your priorities in order. Best of luck to you. :)

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KAIMANAOC1 10/1/2012 10:57PM

    Wow! Looking great! are worth every bit of that $4000 a year!

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    Love the pictures and loved how much self confidence you have in yourself. Ur goals seem amazing and with the way your planning I have no doubt you will achieve all you set out for. I must say I always say how a marathon bug hasn't hit yet but after reading your ambitious goals I am thinking there might be an itch growing.

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