Triathlon Training Continues...
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
I've been pretty rigorous about sticking to my triathlon training schedule, especially with running and swimming. My long bike rides have been cut short the past two weeks because we were busy with a big project, but I am feeling pretty good about where I am. Two weeks ago, I actually completed the distances for each leg of the event, and felt good after. And my swims are getting faster. I've been watching You Tube and reading articles on swimming and tried a couple drills to improve my stroke and my efficiency, which translates to speed. I do need to build in some time for stretching and strength training, but overall, I'm feeling pretty good about where I am with fitness.
I have not been doing as well with my consumption, but I am determined to get it into balance. I plan my meals, I remind myself WHY I want to do this, I do my Beck checklist... and all is good! But when I start to see a little bit of success, I get complacent. I need to remind myself that this is for the long term. I am getting a little cranky that this is SO. Much. Harder. Than it used to be. Ten years ago, I could cut back my consumption, up my exercise and without too much pain drop 5 pounds. But no more! It's been getting slowly more difficult over the past 7 years but I think the trip to Italy where I completely ignored any limits or common sense and ate pretty much whatever I wanted to pushed me over the edge and changed my metabolism - which was already on the downhill slide, for the worse. I will not do that again!
But here we are and it is what it is. I have to accept that. No choice! If I want to be thinner... and I do. Right now, I am almost five pounds thinner than I was in January. I know how to do this, and if I keep on doing this, I will be at least 5 pounds thinner in 3 months. That is a fact.
So, Sparklers, onward and upward. We can do this!