Some of you who have been reading along may remember my rant about the people on the crazy train who wake up at 4:30am or 5 am to exercise. Previously, I considered that to be the middle of the night. This year, this changed.
In January, we started to take our girls to the YMCA. They have free, hour long programs where kids play dodge ball, kick ball, freeze dance, and in general have the time of their lives. We do "grown up" exercise. On cold weekends, we also stay to use the indoor pool and climbing wall. After a while, the routine got so ingrained that a revolution ensues if we try to miss one of our Y weekly excursions.
After a couple of months, my type A personality, Mr Hyde, re-emerged. The itch to run overcame the disgust of resuming physical therapy for another four months. Additionally, I faithfully biked, ellipticized, strengthened, and stretched until I graduated back into running. Within 4 weeks I ran a ten miler. I thought, this is amazing! What ELSE can I do to become a faster, non-injured runner? You are all thinking swimming but that means you haven't met Mr.Hyde. The answer : TRIATHLON!
After the triumphant finish of the Woman in the Bikini, you may wonder, why experience another near- drowning? Funny, my husband had the same question. He has repeatedly asked, "Why do you want to do this?" Remember when you were a kid and swam, ran, and biked, and got home sweaty, and tired, and hungry, stuffed your face, then collapsed into best sleep of your life? Welcome to the world of triathlon! Everyday, I wake up everyday at 5am and either swim, run, bike, do weights, stretch - whichever.
It is September, and I have consistently exercised all year. My running is improving, my swimming is improving, my biking...well, two out of three isn't too bad.
Seriously, though, my first Olympic Triathlon is in one week. I will be there goggles, swim cap, and all. If I survive, I plan to ran a half-marathon in October, and the Philadelphia Marathon at the end of November. I am dreaming of qualifying for the Boston Marathon - not necessarily likely but I never even considered this in the realm of possibility until this year. Next June : Half Iron Man Triathlon - dare I dream?
In the last eight months I have learned the critical importance of balance in exercise (hmmm). Instead of the usual run, run, (get hurt), run (trying to recover but can't. stop. running.), run, (hurt again), run, and day off/"cross train", run (now can't walk), the emphasis is on cross training and general fitness. Izzy, Maddie, and Josie have seen how much fun Mommy is having and want to participate, too. Their first triathlon is in two weeks! Additionally, exercising before the minions get up not only guarantees I get it in every day but also that I am awake when they get up. The quality of our mornings together has dramatically improved.
I am on the crazy train and I hope to never get off.