Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Back in the saddle

After I had my third baby 18 months ago, I put some thought into how I was going to go about getting back in shape. I had a couple of friends who had done triathlons, and I thought that at this point in my life, I could use the challenge, and would love to do something competitive again.
I brought it up to Dan, who looked at me like he didnt believe it would actually happen, which only made me more determined to do it.

I didnt know how to swim, which was my first problem, and I had someone make the comment that I could never do a triathlon because of it, which again, only made me more determined.

So long story short, I put my heart and soul into training. Going into it, I thought it would be hard. It would suck, but I would make myself do it...what I had no way of knowing was that it would not be anything like that. I had no way of knowing that I would fall in love with it- that I would crave it- that it would become a big part of my life, and something I couldnt wait to do more of!

I competed in my first one when Jaxon was about 7 months old, and I won my division, which was a huge surprise to me. The season here ends early so I only got to do the one before the snow flew. The plan was that this year, I would move up fom sprint distance to Olympic distance ,and I would compete all season. But there was one more surprise- I was pregnant a couple of months later!

So here we are. This season, it has been hard to see my friends, the ones I train with, out there without me. But now I have my beautiful baby, which is even better :) My husband is doing a relay (the run portion) with a couple of my friends in the Spudman Triahlon, the first Olympic one I had planned. I wont be ready to do it since it's in a couple of weeks, but Ill be there cheering him on.

But all is not lost...I am really aiming to get in at least one this year. My most pressing goal would be to do Rush again, the one I did last year, but it's in a month, and my baby is 2 weeks old, so it all depends. Im also talking with Heather about traveling to Vegas in October to do Pumpkinman. That gives me enough time.

But what Im really excited about is that I feel GREAT and Im ready to start my training again, although Im sure Ill be starting off slowly. I'm saving running for a little further down the road due to the impact, but biking and swimming- Im all over that! And I can't wait! I truly hope that my body is as healed as it feels and that it doesn't tell me I have to back off and wait a bit longer. Im hoping to go for my first ride tonight. How I have missed my bike. My bike is my other child. It even sleeps in my closet- not in a garage or heaven forbid, outdoors. It deserves better than that.

Let's hope I can fit in my wetsuit :)

Anyway, so here are a few pics of my triathlon adventures last year, since Im feeling nostalgic (and no blog is complete without pictures). Those of you that have known me longer than that may have seen these before, but here they are again.

Ill be posting updates of my training and progress throughout the season. Here's to being back in the saddle again :)


Amy Anne said...

I think it is awesome that you do triathlons. I could bike and run, but the swimming thing would do it in for me for sure. I know how to swim, I'm just not a fan of it. Good luck getting ready for the Pumpkinman and let me know if you need help putting together a training schedule!

Alida & Jeremiah Bowles said...

That is awesome!! I'm gonna start training for a 5k and then move up to marathon from there as soon as I can conquer it. I needed somethin to motivate me to get into shape and I figured that was just the thing. My hubby suggested triathlon but I can't swim so....

Heather & Billy said...

So I think we are going to have to do the pumpkinman. At my current rate I will be lucky to walk to the finish at the Lake Las Vegas tri. That getting sick (me and Keller) REALLY threw me off and has messed up my game and messed with my head. I'm working on it though cuz I know you're going to push me (you'll have to). Pumpkinman gives me more time too to recover and reenergize. This getting back in shape postbaby really sucks. I need to do this though because I NEED to feel like a success at something. I know you know what I mean and understand. Yay for getting back in the saddle.

~*Jen*~ said...

I know what you mean about being addicted! I have recently found myself addicted to running and pushing myself further than I ever have before. I've NEVER been a fan of running long distances, so the fact that this is happening is crazy! Anyway, I hope you can get back into it as soon as possible!

Tiffini said...

I'm already excited to get back in shape after this baby. I am so excited for you to start training.

Wilcock Family said...

You are awesome!! I would love to do a triathalon someday. How fun it would be if you came out here in October- I would LOVE that!!

Alida & Jeremiah Bowles said...

so...I've been really thinking about this since my last comment, and you may just be my inspiration...how long did it take you to train for a triathlon and how did you go about it? This post is obviously not the place to answer this I'm sure but go ahead and send me a msg on myspace if you will. {{hugs}} THANKS!