What a Week!
The past week or so has been full of ups and downs. Tuesday marked the first anniversary of my dad’s passing, and so I’ve been occasionally weepy, but mostly okay. I wonder how many years it will take before I don’t take note on March 31, before my eyes don’t fill with tears every time I think about him.
Not that I have had much thinking time lately. I’ve increased my hours at work and this week marked the start of my 12-week triathlon training program. I finally came to the conclusion that the only way I will be able to fit in my workouts is by getting myself to the gym by 5:30 a.m. on weekdays. For many years I’ve wanted to do a morning yoga practice, only to be overcome by the lure of the pillow. It turns out that the missing motivational ingredient was fear of public humiliation. I know I have to be able to complete this triathlon or I will embarrass myself horribly, so therefore every day this week I was at the gym by 5:30.
My first attempt to swim laps was rather pathetic. I had to borrow my son’s swim goggles, which leaked. I didn’t even know where to put my towel. I could only swim one length before having to grab the wall and stop. But by the second day, I could swim a lap before stopping. Improvement! Woo hoo!
For my running training, I’m following the Couch to 5K program, which is a walk/run program that gets you up to running a 5K by gradually increasing the running portions. My running workouts went fine, although it is somewhat humiliating to be lapped by 70-year-old white-haired men.
5:30 a.m. is too early to be out on a bike, so I had to settle for the stationary bike. I think that was my favorite workout, since I could sit down and just listen to podcasts (Cody, thank you for keeping me entertained!!). Also, the stationary bike I chose was on an upper level at the gym so I had a great vantage point to watch the other exercisers. The weight-lifting guys are especially amusing, trying so hard not to interact with each other and to look macho.
It still seems unlikely that by the end of June, I will be able to swim .5 miles, bike 12 miles and then run a 5K. I mean, I just don’t see how that is supposed to happen. But then, I never thought I’d be able to do a headstand in yoga, either, and I did. So I guess I’ll just keep slogging away and see how it all goes…