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The summer triathlete

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Last summer I swam, biked, and ran through my first Sprint and then Olympic distance triathlon. I was a competitive swimmer when I was little and my running girls convinced me to get a road bike and give this whole multi-sport thing a go. Of course I loved it.

Then September happened: I'm a teacher so the endless hours of summer workouts came to an abrupt halt.

emoticon I told myself I'd find a good spin class. I never did. I didn't even really try. A friend gave me her trainer to borrow. (fun little contraption tool to set your bike up on to spin at home, on your own bike.) I used it twice. It sat and collected dust. I gave it back.

emoticon And as much as I love swimming, pool workouts take a lot of effort and planning. Getting myself to the gym, into a swimsuit, and all cleaned up after the workout. ugggg. Major effort. Major motivation needed. My naturally curly hair soaks up the chlorine like a sponge and I smell all day. And my skin itches. And and and... Winter swimming is not for me. I managed one swim a month and felt that was a success.

emoticon Now running. I can run. I'd rather run. Lace up my shoes and go. I make time to run. I don't make excuses. I am a runner.

I am a summer triathlete. Or maybe I'm a runner that likes to cross train. whatever. Summer vacation officially started yesterday. My Ironfriend designed a training plan for me. All my races are scheduled. The plan started in the beginning of May and I've been following it loosely. Now I can get serious. And I'm so excited! I spent hours combing through training plans and tri blogs last night. I don't follow what the tri experts advise. I don't focus on my weakest sport (bike). I don't pay much attention to my HRM. I run way more miles than any tri training plan says. And I'm even known to break up my long bike.

That's DH pulling the kids on the beautiful Gateway Trail. We rode from St. Paul to Stillwater a few weeks ago. Spent the day there: kids running around at a great park, went out to lunch, stopped in the candy shop for some fuel, and then biked home during nap time. 50 miles! Not what a true cyclist would call a 50 mile ride because of the 3 hour break in the middle. But I'm gonna call it a huge success because it was an amazing day for our whole family. Because, first: I am a mom, a wife, an individual who likes working out for fun. Second: I am an athlete that races.

This summer I am going to make training work for me and my family. I am not going to overdo it these first few weeks and lead to burnout like I did last summer. My goal for 2013 was/is balance. I feel that I've been doing a pretty good job so far.

I am a happy mama.
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  • OPTIMIST1948
    Why do you have the amazing ability to echo exactly what is in my brain??!?
    1822 days ago
    *smile, sigh*smile sigh*smile sigh* kinda training day. Beautiful trail, hubby and kids along for the ride, a picnic and....candy! Enjoy your summer vacay and keeping your balance. Where will you swim if not in a pool? Is there a lake nearby(minus Lake Superior-that things an ocean-haha!) or would you actually train in it..hmmm? Happy day sista:)
    1825 days ago
    Love it! I think your attitude and approach are perfect for what you really want. Do you remember when I actually had success with progress in fitness two summers ago? It was because I was doing what I WANTED to do. Then I got over-eager, started feeling the pressures of training plans, team challenges, goal times, etc. and I flopped horribly. Now I'm tweaking a plan to suit my moods and I am LOVING it! I'm glad you're doing the same!
    1831 days ago
    Reading all your tri exploits has definitely led me to give swimming another go - I'm the opposite of you. I didn't learn until my 20's! I can't wait to be able to tell you that I am going to do this one day too!

    p.s. quite jealous of all your trails!!!
    1831 days ago
    Balance and fun... that's what it is all about!
    1831 days ago
    What a great blog, thank you! As a Mom of 2 teenage girls, I know what you mean about fitting family in. It's so important and difficult.

    I live on the canal and I love the idea of a bike trip for a day. My one girl wont' get back on a bike, but she's getting close to it. The "hot new guy" on the street was seen on a bike this weekend, so I'm sure that's motivation enough for her!

    Congrats and good luck on a great summer of balance!
    Mary Ann
    1832 days ago
    That is great you have the family involved. My kids are adults and do 5Ks with me sometimes. DH, not so much. He's my motorcycle riding buddy, sometimes a leisurely bicycle ride with me and that's the extent of his activity.

    No matter, I'm working on becoming a stronger runner. Just signed up for my first 10k in November.

    Thanks for the inspriation! Great pics!
    1832 days ago
    Too cool! You are going to do great! You should use that last pic as your profile pic! Your grin says it all...Priceless!
    1832 days ago
    You're awesome, my family fitness motivator! Oh, how much I wish I could follow your example! And yes, you've been doing a great job in keeping balance to your life! And I'm sure you'll enjoy your summer, you'll get all the family to have a physically active vacation and you'll all make unforgettable memories together.
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    PS. I vote for this last picture to become your new profile pic. I love the happiness on your face! And those little locks of curly hair which have escaped the helmet are shouting out, too: We're happy!
    1832 days ago
    that's awesome, especially that the hubby does it with you. I had my hubby ride 42 with me in LaCrosse. To this day I never hear the end of it and if how his tushy hurt. You should definitely be able to find the balance.

    Now if it would just stop raining you could get out there more.
    1833 days ago
    Love it runner! you got this 50 miles??????????? emoticon
    you are too cute! LOVE!
    1833 days ago
    Awesome!!!! I just went to spectate my friends at a triathlon last weekend.... I never wanted to do a tri....but they did seem to have a lot of fun, so never say never, they might still convince me!!!!:-)
    1833 days ago
    I have a feeling this will be me this summer! I LOVE to run and am training for my first Tri in two weeks. My husband has been doing them for a couple of years so I decided to tag along this season but I don't think I'll cut back enough on my running or focus on my swimming as much as I should. At least we are getting out there and staying active..who cares what they say you are "supposed to do" emoticon
    1833 days ago
    You are going to enjoy this summer & improve your tri times. emoticon
    1833 days ago
    You're an amazing mama and an inspiring athlete! Enjoy your summer vacation and your training! I know you'll find the best in everything you do! emoticon
    1833 days ago
    You are an AWESOME mama! It sounds like you have a great training plan mapped out and the right attitude to go with it. Balance takes practice but if you can strike the right one, it's so worth it. The Gateway Trail looks absolutely beautiful - what a wonderful family day for all!
    1833 days ago
    love, love, love!! I am trying to find balance too! over did it my first few years - racing every weekend - not happy family - so totally understand! You will do super!! Keep us posted!
    1833 days ago
    Awesome! I love getting the kids involved in outdoor/fitness activities! Keep it up!
    1833 days ago
    You are emoticon ! I need to find a way to get DH to be active with me and do those kinds of things with me and the kids.
    1833 days ago
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