So I thought I’d give you an update on my training! I wanted to wait until I finished a full month, but I am just closing up week 3 and I’ve had a minor set back (of course). But it’s nothing serious, it’s just that it’s January in New England and despite pumping my body with vitamins and healthy foods, I am sick. I’ve kinda been in denial all week, hoping that I could will my body healthy, but alas that is not how the body works. So here I am wishing I could work out right now but I am pretty drained.
If you follow me on instagram (if you don’t you should! click here!) you know that I started training for my second attempt at a half ironman. If you’re not sure what that is, this race consists of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike and a 13.1 mile run. In that order equaling 70.3 miles. In 2016, I attempted one, but while I was physically ready I was not mentally ready and I dropped out after the bike. I was sad at the time but I’ve come to terms with it. I haven’t really done any triathlons since then though and 2017 did not consist of much swimming, biking and just a little running.
This month, I am really just concentrating on building back up my endurance in general because fitness is one of those things that if you don’t keep working at it then you lose it very quickly. I certainly have lost a lot of it. But it’s super important to look. FORWARD and not back. Yes, easier said than done. But I know just in 3 weeks I have seen a lot of improvement so that makes it easier to not get discouraged. I am very much a numbers person so I love keeping track and seeing those numbers change.
While those three sports are my main focus, I am still sticking to a lifting program. I always talk about balance and for me, lifting even though I am an endurance athlete is super important to me. I like being strong, and in the end that will help me prevent this body from becoming more injured than it’s already prone to and get faster! I used to have the mind set that it was all one or the other, but it doesn’t have to be if you make the time and both modes of exercise are a priority to me!
But for now I am sipping my tea and curling up into a ball until I can kick this cold and hop on my bike!