Tuesday, January 3, 2012

triathlon confession ...

Confession: I am a runner who is really loving triathlon training.

Confession: Swimming doesn't suck. Sure, it isn't easy, but I actually look forward to my swim workouts. Well, other than the 4:30 a.m. wake up call.

Confession: I have serious bike envy. Sleeper does the job, but this $190 bike is giving me an inferiority complex.


Confession: Running less while maintaining my workout volume is making me love running more. I appreciate every mile.

Confession: I registered for a Fall Sprint Triathlon. I can't wait to see what I can do when I actually train.

Confession: Once all of my kids are in school, I will be an Ironman. It might be in two years. It might be in 10. But it will happen.

So, what are you hiding from the rest of us?

31 comments:

bobbi said...

This post makes me happy...so glad you are loving it so much!

Running Backwards in High Heels said...

I really love that you wear your socks even inside on your bike. :)

ltlindian said...

be a stalker on craigslist and you can find a nice bike for much less than in a bike shop. I stalked religiously for 3 months and found a $1500 trek with clips and bike shoes for $700. :)

PS--I want that bike trainer!

Kelly said...

I'm so glad you are enjoying the tri training! I was wondering how hard it would be for you to give up your super run miles for a little bike and swim! Hang in there with the bike and keep your eyes open. Even a road bike would definitely be easier for you!!

Run with Jess said...

Yeah! I hope I love swimming as much as you... and I know what you mean about running love... whenever I XT more, I'm always more appreciative of my run.

Silly Girl Running said...

Cycling is fun, isn't it? It wasn't until I got onto an actual road bike that I figured 'well...this is actually kinda cool!'!

chasingdownadream said...

Love! When I started training for triathlons I missed running more at first, but I got over that quickly and fell in love with tri-ing! Happy training!

trifitmom said...

tris are great, the training just is much more fun and yes totally makes me love running all that much more. same goal here although mine is a HALf iron not full...once i get those critters both in all day school. 2 years away.......

Running Ricig said...

You are such a badass mom. I love it!

gba_gf @ Neurosis of the Stay at Home Marathoner said...

i agree ~ the last year training did make me appreciate my run more. But my issue is never the training. I love to swim & ride... however, the drama of Tri race day drives me over the edge.

Jason said...

Love It. This is awesome.

Just a little help for you.....lay a towel under the bike so that you don't have to wipe up the sweat off the floor when you are done.

Get a TV tray to hold water bottles, etc of can you reach them if they are on the mantle?

HEATHER @ runfastermommy! said...

Yay! Triathlon and I met too soon, lol. I too hope to be an Ironman once the kids are in school. Hopefully then I will fall back in love with swimming & biking!

MotherRunner said...

I confess that I hate biking. I love swimming, but hate the bike... so far. I'm hoping me and the bike will have a whirlwind romance which results in a lifelong long... we shall see.

Karen said...

The word on the street is to check ebay and some of the local tri group discussion boards for good deals on bikes. (or maybe one will appear for your bday...). Love that you are really getting into the tri training. I really like the variety of it. You definitely have the mindset to do an ironman. Once you have a little more free time to put into training, I can absolutely see you conquering that goal!

Emz said...

Awesome. Love this!!
I want to love swimming one day....actually I'd take just not feeling like I am dying.

Molly said...

I couldn't believe how much I loved the swim when I was tri training last summer. I've got to get back in the pool asap.

ImTheMarigold said...

Just found your blog through Tough Chik! I was looking to see if there were any other TC's from VA and so there are! HI!

Mon Amour said...

I fell in love with running when I started last year but I was pretty nervous about how I would like triathlon training. Turns out it is even better! And I definitely get bike envy too

Meredith said...

Love this!

Jen said...

I love my spin bike, I don't own an actual bike, but having a Spin bike at home has allowed me to sneak in extra workouts really easily as I enjoy it.

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

Tri training has made me a better, faster runner, which is awesome.

Nicole said...

I was just talking to another runner friend about how much I want to do a triathalon! Your post makes me even more sure of that fact!!

Stuart said...

Take a look at http://www.racingtales.com/ for good advice and insight from a Mom and former runner who did her first 1/2 ironman this year.

Definitely look into a used tri-bike. My wife and I both got used Felts online for under $700 with decent components. Aerodymanics and positioning will really be appreciated. Buy it now so you can train with it.

Holly said...

It's hard to balance running and weight training. I think I almost love weights more than running, but I love what running has done for my body and my self esteem...I'm not fast, but it's faster than not doing it at all and I give it my all so that's all that matters!

Stephanie Anne said...

I LOVE that you're loving Tri! Can't wait to hear about your upcoming races!

H Love said...

you are strong girl! I love this! so excited to see what the year will bring for you!

Jen said...

Ooooh you make it sound so fun!

I'm a runner who has been secretly (or not so secretly) wishing I could do a tri -- I will someday. I don't have the $$ or resources for a bike and I don't have access to a pool. Eventually I will sort it out though because I'm so intrigued by this sport!!

Enjoy your journey!!

Marlene said...

It didn't take more than a few weeks of tri training last summer for me to realize that Ironman is in my future, too.

So, are you going to get a bike for your 30th??

Jen Small said...

a bike is important but what is more important is the engine ;) remember that.

even though you have a pretty new bike, keep that engine humming smooooooth

Kara said...

I just stumbled upon your blog, love it!!!!
I'm a mom of three too.
I'm about to do my first Ultraman this summer...you might get a chuckle out of my adventures too....
www.ultramanmom.blogspot.com

Keep at it girl, and have fun!!!

Laszlo Irving said...

Thank you for sharing your story, I'm currently training for a triathlon as well.
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