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Spinning and Swimming and Weights - Oh My!


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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I went into the Prep Phase of training thinking it would be a piece of cake. I mean, I start off with 5 hours per week of training (this is based on a full year schedule of 300 hours) and gradually work up every 4-6 weeks to more hours until I get to the Build Phase before my A races, which will require 8.5 hours training per week.

So, this is as easy as it's going to get, folks. And if you know me...you understand that when I make a plan, I do it. No flaking out or quitting or whining. I'm pretty fierce and determined at this point.

I'll be completely honest, though, and say I have received a serious and bracing reality check in terms of the sacrifices that need to be made to fit my training into my schedule. I'm blessed to have some leeway with my work hours...but I strive to do my best in that arena as well and I don't like to stroll in at 8:30am every morning just because the pool opened at 7am and I had to squeeze in my morning swim.

So I'm in a period of flex right now...figuring out what works and what doesn't. I suppose Prep Phase is perfect for that kind of thing. I've figured out that the time my daughter is in tae kwon do at the YMCA on Tues and Thurs nights is the perfect time for me to do my strength workouts. As I have been doing for months, I am pretty much just getting up at the crack of dawn to get that cardio in (although, I've added ONE spinning class at 5pm on Thursdays...because I just love the instructor).

In a little over a week, I will push it up to 6 hours per week. I plan to add a spin session each week and add more swimming. So, it will look like this: 3 spin classes (one hour each), 2 strength sessions (30 mins), 4 swim sessions (30 mins). That's a lot, guys.

But, here's the thing. I have a goal. And I WILL achieve it. There is no other option for me right now. You know my world is spinning and things are falling apart. This is what I can control right now. In therapy, my counselor has been telling me to find what is authentic for me. I've spent a lifetime figuring out what everyone else wants FROM me. I have never centered on what I would like for myself.

There are people in my life right now that find me to be selfish and don't approve of choices I am making. They would say to me, "You will never be happy with these decisions you are making. You will not move forward in your life by doing what you are doing. You will never escape your current issues."

To them I can only say, "Watch me."
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GOOSIEMOON 11/23/2012 12:04AM

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VOLLEYGIRL77 11/22/2012 11:25PM

    Awesome! Keep it up!

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NEWTINK 11/22/2012 10:09PM

    It is great when we reach a point where we can think of ourselves first ... congrats on your plan and you determination emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 11/22/2012 9:20PM

    You have to do what brings you happiness & peace. Never mind what anyone else thinks. :D

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SUNSHINE65 11/22/2012 8:50PM

    Don't know why people feel so free to mouth off about you to you! They should comment only about themselves. I know when people comment to me about me, I feel drawn down! It's just not productive. Yu go, girl. You're doing great. Getting fit and healthy is NOT selfish, no way Jose!

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NEWMOM20121 11/22/2012 8:16PM

    Be proud of all that you are doing to get and stay healthy.

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    emoticon ignoring the people whose voices are critical and unhelpful!

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JOANNHUNT 11/22/2012 7:31PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are not selfish. You are brave. Keep your plans in the forefront and the negative people behind you. emoticon emoticon

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MJ7DM33 11/22/2012 7:19PM

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TEACHING1ST 11/22/2012 7:10PM

    All my best along your quest! Happy Thanksgiving, too.

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WHAT DEDICATION !

AND ENTHUSIASM !

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We're all rooting for you, Leah


Hope You had a Wonderful Turkey-Day !
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LOVE and BLESSINGS!

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CINDYW1102 11/22/2012 4:17PM

    YOU GO GIRL!!! Happy Thanksgiving!
Your "get it done" attitude is truly an inspiration!
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JAMER123 11/22/2012 4:09PM

    Great spirit and inspiration for others!! You can do it and you will be doing it!! We are in it 100% with you! You go girl!!!
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JERICHO1991 11/22/2012 3:06PM

    Good for you! Sounds like you are moving towards good balance in your life.

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MARGARITTM 11/22/2012 2:55PM

    Nice Focus!

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YOU GO GIRLY!
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JIBBIE49 11/22/2012 2:48PM

    emoticon Great to see you blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an inspiration you are to others.

Happy Turkey Day. emoticon

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NSMANN 11/22/2012 1:54PM

    Eye of the tiger!!

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/22/2012 1:25PM

  Sounds like a dare to me.

I've heard that before too, annoying, but maybe some fuel to kick bottom.

It does sound hard, but I don't have an doubt you'll be able to do it.... You embarrass and challenge us.

I had to stop running and riding my bike, because of pain in my back and hip . I do want to ease back into that, but I haven't figured out how to proceed yet.

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DEBBYNATION 11/22/2012 1:14PM

    Go for it! :)

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JUNETTA2002 11/22/2012 12:31PM

    You are awesome...... Good luck you can do it

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GREENFAIRY390 11/22/2012 12:17PM

  People like to keep you in the status quo. People don't deal with change very well. It's not even conscious in most cases. Do what you do, because with out creating your best life, you are nothing to any one (including yourself). I wish you all the best in hitting your goals!

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TLGRNT 11/22/2012 12:06PM

  Great, you go girl!!! Stay strong.

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    You can do it !! Go girl !! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAK25 11/22/2012 11:54AM

    Funny, I just said this to someone else, too, but it's really helping me, as well. Just stay focused on where you want to go and make the choices that will get you there.

Besides, only you know what you need. No one can tell you that!

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SUNNY332 11/22/2012 11:50AM

    Wow - You go girl!

Thanks for being such an inspiration.

Sunny

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ENERGYSTARALLY 11/22/2012 11:41AM

    You are very inspiring. Way to go, girl!! Happy Thanksgiving!! emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/22/2012 11:06AM

    I love your commitment! Way to go! :)

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    There is no doubt that you will do it. emoticon

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BUTTERFLY-1976 11/22/2012 10:42AM

    Wow! Great blog.

Your line just hit home for me "figuring out what everyone else wants FROM me. I have never centered on what I would like for myself." That's gonna make me do some soul searching now. Thank you for sharing.



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52114ME 11/22/2012 10:39AM

    You go Girl!
You are strong.
I wish I had your determination.

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DETERMINED_ME 11/22/2012 10:24AM

    As the song goes "Watch me walk away"...Which sometimes is the best idea when faced with people that talk to much about too little. Way to go on pushing on with your plan and making you better!

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MOMMY445 11/22/2012 10:11AM

    you can do this! you are worth it!

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  Good for you

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 11/22/2012 9:55AM

    Love It!! Thanks for sharing!

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GIRLINMOTION 11/22/2012 9:22AM

    Avoid negative people who do not see your vision. Exercise is the best medicine for moving forward from the past.

HUGS

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OFGREENGABLES 11/22/2012 9:17AM

    nice work!

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