I do triathlons. I am not yet a triathlete – but I have finished 4 triathlons and my times keep getting better. I LOVE swimming, especially open water. Even though you can’t see anything, it is so exhilarating to to be out in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. I like biking. I think it is hard – but, I feel great when I am done. My legs feel strong and in 30 minutes, you can cover long distances (well for me, it’s only like 10 miles.. I like to blame the headwind). But I hate running; I was running completely wrong. At the beginning of this year, I embraced that pesky third part of the triathlon and decided I wasn’t going to let running beat me. I was running regularly – about 3x – a week and found myself running farther and faster.
A minor injury and an intense sinus infection derailed my routine. I could barely run – and I couldn’t swim without feeling like I was drowning. I thought I would be excited to get back in the gym once I felt better, but I wasn’t. I focused all my efforts on swimming so I was prepared for my 6km days swimming the islands of Greece. My running and biking fell off completely.
It’s almost 2012. I am going to make a new goal, since I did not meet my last goal. Before I start thinking about goals and training schedules and PR’s and medals, I need to just get back in the gym. I get intimidated, and I start making excuses.
I have a goal for the Celtic Solstice and to feel ready for that race, I gotta do something. I have decided that something is always better than nothing. When I am not ready for a 3 mile swim, I should still swim 30 laps. When I don’t have time for 5 mile run, I can at least 1 mile or take the dog for a walk. My body is ready for these workouts; I have to trick my brain into getting started.