Wednesday, September 04, 2013
I so respect those of you who are working, raising children, tackling life's little problems that eat away at your time schedule yet still find time to do strenuous exercise training. Still find time to run, swim, walk, go to the gym, or jump on the treadmill several times a week. You are awesome.
I've been retired for 6 years now. I always exercised, sometimes before, sometimes after work. It was difficult for me, too, but I did it - I found time. But, I didn't train for a 10K, Half or Full Marathon or a Triathlon either. I do now, but I have free time. How do you do it? You are awesome.
I wondered if I had bit off more than I could chew when I registered for my first Triathlon. I know how to run now. I lived on the beach when I was a kid and swam everyday in the summer. Anyone can ride a bike, right? I can do this. So, I've been training. As always, I advanced quickly. I no longer choke and cough and run out of breath on my swims in the pool. I can now swim at least 800 yards without stopping, my most recent record. Not much, but way better than my first swim. My Walmart race bike allows me to pedal for 45 minutes at a brisk pace (cadence?) without knee, thigh or calf pain. And I still have some energy left to run. But, I'm retired. I have time to train. You guys and gals who are still working, how do you do this? You are awesome.
Oh yeah, I am also in training for another Marathon. That's in November - coming up soon. My new passion to participate in a Triathlon has disrupted my training somewhat, but I'm juggling things around. I'm still getting in my long runs, and finding time to swim and bike. It's time consuming, but I have time on my hands. I am retired. Those of you who do triathlons and marathons regularly and work and take care of life's little details, how do you do it? You are awesome.
I just love the freedom that retirement gives me. I have time to do what I enjoy. Time to plan my meals. I don't have to 'eat on the run', to eat what's convenient. God forbid, I am not forced to go to a fast food restaurant with all the temptations therein. I steer clear of them. Working folks are often forced to find a place to grab a quick meal. I remember, I worked for a living once. How do you manage to eat healthily and still do all that other stuff? You are awesome.
Keep up the good work, Sparkfriends who are still working. I so respect what you are doing. You 'are' putting all you can into your retirement plan, aren't you? If so, and you anticipate retiring at some time in the future, good for you. Then you will find all the time you need to exercise.
You are awesome!