Here is my obligatory weekly post about how this whole thing we call "fitness" is going. Almost on a daily basis I battle internally about whether or not I care about being fit. Ultimately, I continue to hit the gym weekly, so I suppose I do really care. What I don't want to care about it is fitting a certain model, ideal or shape. So I go back and forth, convincing myself it doesn't matter, and then deciding it does. Rinse and Repeat.
This week, it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter that I am not back to my pre-pregnancy weight. It doesn't matter that my thighs are a little thick and my belly a little jiggly. But what does matter is having that endorphin spike each day, sweating a little and feeling good about myself for the effort I put forth. Perhaps next week will be a different story. However, I'm going to try really hard to keep this mind frame. After all I'm going to be 30 soon. I only have one more year to practice getting it right, because by the time I'm 30 I'm going to be perfect. Right?
I was inspired this week by an idea Caitlin discussed on her blog. It's called "Ironman March." While I have been hesitant to take on challenges lately because it just sets me up for failure and disappointment, I looked this one over and found it to be exciting, encouraging, and like I mentioned inspiring. It is doable. It is achievable. And it is motivation. How does it go?
I will complete an Ironman in March. Achievable right? Ha. Ok, so broken down over 31 days I will complete the lengths of an Ironman competition: Swim 2.4 miles, Bike 112 miles, Run 26.2 miles. Caitlin even broke it down into weekly chunks:
Most weeks I will aim to complete 1,000 meter swim, 6 miles running and 26 miles biking (or two cycle classes). So far this week I have accomplished my swim, 2 runs, each a 5k distance, and 1 cycle class. It's only Wednesday and I am way above the curve. I am so excited my first week has been successful thus far and it gives me the encouragement and motivation to keep at it. I think if I can accomplish this goal for March, perhaps in April I may be ready to put my mind to that triathlon I've been dreaming about for 3 years!
So far I am excited, not only because of my success thus far, but because it motivated me to get back in the pool and back into cycling. This week marked my very first post-baby swim sesh and cycle class. And might I mention that cycle class was at 5:30am this morning! Having my workout done and showered by 7am puts me on top of the world!