The disease is real. It makes you do all sorts of crazy things. Likeâ€¦ I decided two days ago that I was going to do a triathlon on Saturday. And all joking aside, this spontaneous decision has me really excited!
I did an biiiiig triathlon in early August â€“ it was called Lake Logan International. It was my â€œA Raceâ€ of the season and was a lot of fun. I performed much better than I thought I would. Race day was a very positive experienceâ€¦
â€¦BUT training for that event was not so positive. I bit off more than I could comfortably chew with training for the distances (a 1500 M swim, a 25 mile bike, and a 10K run), and I felt pretty overloaded while preparing for the race. I really HATED being negative about training because I love racing and I love triathlons. But knowing I was committed to such a long race was tough â€“ I underestimated how work + two small children would impact my mental and physical reserves. In the end, I was glad that I did the race (it was also a fun girlfriend getaway for me and Brandi) but the experience as a whole left me feeling a bit burnt out.
For the past six weeks or so, Iâ€™ve been taking it easy with exercise. I needed a mental break from it, truthfully. In the past, when Iâ€™ve chosen to put workouts on the back burner, all aspects of being healthy tend to fall apart (I can be SO all or nothing!). But this time around, Iâ€™ve been pretty good about eating my veggies, getting enough sleep, and not overdosing on sugar (I think Vegetarian Whole 30 has played a huge role in that!). Sure, Iâ€™ve had some ups and downs with those areas too, but on a whole, I feel pretty great.
When Brandi mentioned that she was definitely doing Cane Creek Sprint Triathlon on Saturday (and yes, sheâ€™s actually be training for it like a good triathlete should!), I decided that Iâ€™d hop on the bandwagon. Why? Well, I think Iâ€™m ready to get back into the swing of exercise-things. Although I normally put the race at the END of the return-to-fitness process, Cane Creek will be my celebration/kick-off of a renewed effort to exercise on the regular.
Itâ€™s a sprint distance and I plan to put my focus on having fun, not really â€œracing.â€ Iâ€™m not in race shape! I doubt I can do the 5K at the end without significant walking. But I know I can comfortably plod along and complete the distance with a smile on my face.
Obviously, this is the LAST triathlon of the season â€“ itâ€™s getting cold out there â€“ so Iâ€™m pretty pumped. Itâ€™s going to be a lot of funâ€¦ I just hope it doesnâ€™t rain the entire race!
Whenâ€™s your next race? How are you feeling about it?