Toddlers and Tris

This past Sunday, my mom and I completed a sprint triathlon together.

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If it hadn’t been for the desire to go on this adventure with her, I more than likely wouldn’t have shown up at the crack of dawn that morning. To say I was unprepared is a drastic understatement — a broken toe had derailed my training and a busy summer without childcare more than disrupted my regular gym routine.

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I’ve often joked about how chasing after a toddler all day long is a workout in itself, but this shows it truly is.

Never Hibernate

Now that it’s officially fall, the old “swim suit body” as motivation really goes out the window (not that I was a fan of it before). So now what? Let’s drop the outward motivation and instead focus on what makes us feel good.

This month I shared 7 things that make me feel powerful on the adidas women’s training site. Here’s a sneak peek:

  • Look the part –> wear clothes that are comfortable, functional, and make you feel good about yourself. Love this RainShine jacket for chilly or drizzly mornings.

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  • Strength train. –> what’s the best way to feel strong? BE strong.

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  • Prepare for anything. –> you never know what the weather will be like, so be ready for whatever comes your way.

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  • Eat right. –> Put good stuff in; feel good inside and out. Easy peasy.
  • Hydrate. –> Drink up!

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  • Try new things. –> hot yoga? Cross-fit? Spin? Kickboxing? Reach out of your comfort zone, you’ll be amazed at the boost it gives you.

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What makes YOU feel powerful? What do you use for motivation when it gets cold outside?

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So.

Triathlon training.

It’s not going so well.

It’s not really going at all.

This is the hardest time I’ve ever had training for an athletic event. I just can’t get in a groove.

I’ve always been a morning exerciser. Not necessarily early morning, but before the day really gets going. Once that moment passes, it’s gone. I can say I’m going to do it in the afternoon or evening, but it never actually happens.

My problem, my self-made problem, is that I can’t put my workouts ahead of baby’s schedule. Naptime interferes with morning gym time and then it all goes downhill from there. Unless his friends are there he hates the childcare and it’s so stinky hot I feel bad dragging him along outside with me. I know I could make it happen, I just haven’t been. That’s life.

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We recently got back from 3 back to back to back beach trips: one with 10 kids under 2, one involving a 103 fever, and one a wedding weekend with friends. While I did exercise some on vacation, it hardly counts. It was enough to get me raring to go when we got back.

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And then I potentially broke my toe. You know when you innocently stub your toe really hard and you drop to the floor, clutching it in pain, yelling “I broke my toe, I broke my toe!”, but really you just stubbed it and you’ll get over it in a few minutes?

That’s what I thought happened until I finally let go of my toe and the husband pointed out it was facing the wrong direction. Oops.

I don’t really think it’s broken, but it doesn’t feel great. It’s just another thing to add to the long list of things I let get in my way.

There’s not really a point to this post except to say that not everyone who does triathlons {or marathons or 10Ks or whatever} finds it easy. So if you ever thought about doing one, don’t let that be the reason that’s holding you back.

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Luckily I get a pretty good daily workout hauling my adorable 24+ pound weight around every day, but that’s not exactly helping with my biking or swimming skills…

Soldier of Steel

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Solider of Steel™.

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I think it’s weird when actors lose or gain a lot of weight to transform themselves for a role in a movie. Like Mila Kunis making herself emaciated for Black Swan or Jonah Hill gaining all his weight back so he’d seem funnier.

However, it is pretty cool when actors can dedicate themselves to a training regimen to bulk up in a positive way to increase their strength, like in Gerard Butler in 300 or Henry Cavill in the new Superman movie, Man of Steel™.

The trainer that coached Henry Cavill into the Man of Steel™, Mark Twight, also designed a training plan for soldiers of the National Guard, hence the Soldier of Steel™ name. Let me tell you, the workout is Intense, with a capital “I”.

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The month long workout is available to download online, along with training instructions for 23 different exercises.

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The goal of the workout program is to instill the daily habit of exercise. It’s based on fundamental and universal movements to improve both your strength and performance, using some crazy sounding exercises like: air squats, bear crawls, box jumps, burpees, dead hangs, dead lifts, deck squats, farmer carries, frog hops, goblet squats, and man-makers. Just reading that makes me tired. Actually doing the workout kicked my butt, in good way. Luckily the plan is designed with a hard day followed by an easy day, so I get to recover today.

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I didn’t have all the equipment recommended for the training plan, but 80% of the workouts can be done without fancy stuff, so I adapted and made do with what I could.

If you need some motivation, check out the training videos and give the plan a try. It’s not easy, but nothing that makes a difference ever is.

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This Thursday, Mark Twight will be answering questions about the program on twitter at 3PM EST.  You can follow the conversation at #TwightTakover and through @NationalGuard.

The Plan-ish.

I guess the internet gods’ way of telling me it is indeed time to get my fitness groove back was by selecting me to do a weeklong at-home bootcamp with personal trainer Jennifer Cohen right after I posted about itching to get back into some regular fitness training. A quick bootcamp is the perfect jumpstart to get back into the training mindset.

The real kicker that now is my time was a text from a friend over the weekend. Just as I was about to sign up for a triathlon {even though the training program was cancelled}, she asked if I was going to do a semi-local charity bike ride coming up in September. Registration was on sale for the holiday…

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Nudge, nudge, nudge. Yup, that’s all I needed. A no-pressure event written on the calendar and a training buddy! I really think having a concrete event and training plan is what I need in order to work around the baby’s schedule. Read: not caving in and saying, “it’s ok, I’ll go tomorrow” when I feel bad about needing someone to watch the little punkster.

So mid September I’ll be doing a two day bike ride for MS– somewhere between 15-100 miles each day; distance to be determined once I figure out how the whole breastfeeding thing works into it.

As I clicked submit I got all excited about registering for my first post-baby event. Then I realized it was really my second- the day registration opened for the North Carolina Color Run I was on it. Winking smile It’s a little far away to get my training endorphin fix going since it’s not until November, but I can’t wait. {It’s the first thing I’ll get to cross off my Fitness Bucket List!}

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So bootcamp + bike ride = officially excited. Part of the bootcamp entails testing out Muscle Milk’s nutrition shake as a workout recovery tool. I make sure to have protein after every work out to help build muscle and promote quicker recovery. The convenience of not having to make a snack or shake sounds enticing. I’ll let you know how it goes, although the husband might have to be my proxy on this one due to the babe’s allergic colitis & breastfeeding. I have an appointment next week to learn more about his allergies.

So any tips on doing an endurance event while breastfeeding? I’m more concerned about the length of the actual event, not so much the training.

 

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Come Back Time?

Once upon a time there was a blog about a girl training for a triathlon. She was going through some health stuff that was causing inexplicable pain in her feet, preventing her from running. One day she got the brilliant idea to train for a triathlon.

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She hoped by the time race day rolled around she would be able to run. In the meantime, it’d give her a reason to focus on a different kind of training: swimming and biking.

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Now, three years later, that blog has nothing to do with running or triathlons. An injury followed by pregnancy put a hiatus on the training talk. To fill in the gaps during running rehab, food and recipes started appearing. When it became clear there wouldn’t be any running for awhile, food took over.

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But food was never the point of the blog. Triathlons were. Training. Fueling. Recovering. Training again.

It’s been awhile. But maybe, just maybe it’s time for it to come back.