Monday, October 07, 2013
Sometimes I feel like I'm overworking.
A couple of years ago - I was wondering if I could ever finish a 5K. In my subconscious, I knew I could, but I was afraid of looking foolish or finishing last. I've learned a lot since then. Primarily, that it's not about winning or finishing at any given place. It's about self improvement. Meanwhile, I am doing things I never dreamed of doing by just signing up, and getting out there and doing. No matter that I am not always in the top so and so percent. I'm out there. Just showing up.
I decided to try a triathlon. The beginner level, a "my first Tri" which has a shorter swim length, only 1/4 mile and then a 12.4 mile cycle and 5k run. I did great, and surprised myself. I never would have done that if I had decided to stop competing once I finished my 1st marathon. That marathon was on my bucket list. So, I added a triathlon to the list once I completed the marathon.
I will continue endurance length races, but I thought I meet try something else, too. I'd see so many triathletes on SP, and thought "why not me?" I can certainly finish one. And I have. So, I've registered for another, a Sprint, and am looking forward to doing an Olympic distance in the not too distant future, too.
Meanwhile, I have learned. The cycling, which is not my most favorite exercise, is helping my endurance. Impact free endurance training. My quads burn a little after a sustained fast pace, that means muscle growth. My lungs are getting stronger from the swimming. I can now swim a mile with little rest between sets. Soon, I will swim a mile with no 'feet on the ground' resting. My shoulders burn, my triceps burn, I am gaining strength. All this with low impact exercise. Who knew that triathlon training would be such a good all around exercise routine? Not me. Not until I found that my spark friends were doing this, and that planted the seed of thought that I might do it as well.
I like to think about relativity regarding exercise. Your tolerance, or degree of self imposed success, is relative to your current condition, age, weight, strength and other factors. We all start from somewhere, and continue to grow from that point. But it takes a strong mindset and tenacity.
My skillset is unique to me, different from just about anyone. I train and compete from my own perspective. It's cool to win, yeah. But my bottom line is winning against my former self. If I thought I was going to come in last against others in a competition and decided to not compete for that reason, well, I would still be wondering if I could do that first 5K I was interested in, wouldn't I? Besides, you get better as you continue to train.
I've come a long way. I'm not sure where my training will take me. But it is taking me to a better place.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.