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Friday, January 4, 2008

On Second Thought

Have you ever noticed that sometimes you blog on issues that are designed to help you keep your priorities in order? Something about brain function or the idea of printing your resolution for all to see. It's harder to back down and serves as a good reminder once it's out on the good old world wide web. This is indeed one of 'those' posts.

I had decided that 2008 was going to be the year of athletic triumph. If you read one of my earlier entries, it was decided that two half marathons, a triathlon and a multitude of small footraces lay in my future. Well, on second thought, that has been changed.

I am really excited to try something different this year and have set my sights on a spring triathlon. It is a sprint which will include a 1/2 mile swim, 18 mile bike ride, and finally finished with a 3.1 mile run. My goal is to finish in less than 2 hours. This said, of course, without actually going through the motions yet. Just my 'mind math' on how long it will take to do each thing all added together.

Training for the triathlon begins in 6 weeks. I know some of the people I'll be training with and let's just say that I'm going to need to "train" that entire time before we actually train just to be close to their starting point. I can run- this we know. But "left, right...left, right" doesn't prepare the body for the English channel or the Tour De France. This is going to be interesting to say the least, but I'm up for the challenge! (**That last statement was personal encouragement from me to my brain)

I went to work out last night and do my normal 2 mile run on the treadmill at our local gym. Since I get bored to tears working on endurance while indoors, I have decided that I will focus on speed. The treadmill computer is set to 7.5-8 minute miles and my hope is to not fly off the back into the unsuspecting elyptical machine participant. After I was done I hobbled over to the stationary bikes to get in a few miles there. Then onto some upper body workout and sit-ups on the mats. It was decided very quickly that I am much more out of shape than one would hope for a full body athletic event.

The half-marathon and the triathlon are within 6 weeks of each other. Since I am a full time mom and wife, training to do both would not only be overwhelming, but after reading up some last night it also looks like the training is different and would prove frustrating to do right around the same time.

So, back to square one. Triathlon in the spring and half-marathon in the fall. I'll throw in some 5k's along the route too just for fun. The journey begins!


Tracy said...

7.5!? That is super fast! I feel like I am going to fly off the back just at 6.0 (I know I am wimpy) I am so jealous that you have all these opportunities AND that you are organized enough to be mom and marathon runner. I have only been doing 2.5-3.0 mi (as you can see from my counter) because I am determined to start school at a certain time each day and I can't do it earlier because that gets in the way of my quiet time and sending Ryan and Dallas off. I am happy with the amount I am doing for now because it is more than I was doing last winter...NOTHING (a little snowshoe here and there, but that's it!)

Frasypoo said...

Its tough training when you are a full time mom!!In my case I'm a full time wife!And thank God every day that my husband goes to work !!!
I do 10ks every year and last year I decided that I wanted to do a 1/2 marathon before I turn 35 and a full before 40!
I wanted to do the Georgia ING Half marathon in March but my father-in-law wants me to do 2 10 ks before a half marathon.I can do it right now but he does not believe me !!!I think he needs more time to prepare.He is 62 and ran for most of his life and petered off a bit since his retirement last year!
I am thinking of adding a mileage thing to my blog so I can keep up !I run 4 days a week and right now am at 15-20 miles.What do you think ?

The Nester said...

Blah, blah, blah, bahby, blah, blah.

I didn't understand a word of that exercise lingo you use.

I was able to make out the fact that you will be a very busy girl, good for you!

Strawberry said...

Thank you for your posts. I found you through Frasypoo's and enjoyed reading your posts.