|Posted by secondwindconditioning on February 6, 2016 at 5:15 AM|
It’s all about FUN!
Let me just start out by saying how much I have loved working with Moms and Babes in Motion over the past few years! What an amazing group of women and an awesome sport to take up. One of the best decisions I ever made was signing up to do my first triathlon with Nancy Hastings at the Flamborough YMCA in January of 2010.
All my life I have been a competitive person…whether it be through sport, school, work or anything really. I did not like to LOSE! I’d beat myself up over the fact that I didn’t push myself enough as I thought I could do and keep asking myself What if?! It has been hard to get over the what if…but I think I have finally come to the fact that I don’t need to do that to myself anymore. I think last year was probably a big turning point for me…
Last year I fell into a big slump. I lost my motivation for doing triathlon and I’m sure it showed. I have dealt with a lot of injuries over the past few years in my knee, foot and shoulder. I really let it get to me. I did not like that fact that I wasn’t able to run the fastest, swim the fastest, bike the fastest as I could in previous years. I was also terrified of getting into the water at Iron Girl due to a panic attack in the water the previous year. I am usually a fairly confident swimmer and I let that get the best of me. I was not happy to put it simple. I didn’t like this feeling and I really wanted to turn things around. I really had to let myself know that it’s ok…it’s ok not to be the best (not that I was..haha), its ok that I’m not as good as I used to be, it’s ok that I’m not as fit as the year before.. I will work with what I have and get back on track! And that’s just what I have been doing.. Getting back on track...
Rather than give up on triathlon altogether I started to swim, bike and run just for the fun of it because that is what triathlon is all about. FUN! I am in the pool twice a week, spin once a week and have slowly been working back up to running. I just recently started on the treadmill again and literally just went out last night and ran 6K. I ran it slow and easy but it’s OK. I was happy and it was fun! I also strength train 2 or 3x/week because I LOVE to, not because I feel like I have to be the best.
So if you ever find yourself saying I don’t like this, I suck, I can’t get any faster, why can’t I catch up to them? Don’t worry…be happy! Be happy that you ARE out there, you are doing your best and you are having fun. You will find that you will feel better in every way and become leaner, stronger, and more confident than you have ever been.
I am excited to start this triathlon journey this season and have fun with all of you!
If you are ever in Waterdown check me out on the sign in front of PushFit Studio! Haha I was surprised to see myself out there in January. My confidence is clearly shining.. And I literally just picked up a flyer with me on it too this morning…. It pays off to work out and have fun doing it!
Categories: 2016 training