New to Triathlons, New to Shropshire. An Orthotist tracks her training with a love of spreadsheets, graphs, photos and prose.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

getting started

currently sitting at a typical 153.5lbs

last exercised november 14. cardio 45 minutes on my bike (outside, it was a lovely day).
before that, october 22,23,24,25 totaling two hours. again on my bike as it was probably lovey days and light evenings. before that, sometime in september.

do you see the pattern? yeah, there ain't one, and that's the problem.

like most other people, when i exercise i feel great. during, after and for the rest of the day, so why is it that i can't maintain a regime? i don't go all out and schedule something that i cant keep up. i have tried a schedule in the past then if i miss it i feel bad but then don't catch up as its 'not on my schedule'. i have tried just planning on going out everyday then if i don't feel up to it, its no big deal as i will just go tomorrow. this actually worked the best and for about 3 months i had been clocking 60-70 miles/week on my bike plus some strength training. i'd recently had a gym membership, for 4 years but after not using it for months and months, i reluctantly plugged that particular hole in my wallet - even though by that point it was only $25 a month, and i hated the idea of giving up such a sweet deal, but its not cheap if you don't use it.

so i decided to get my bike out and cycle instead. this worked all summer as i found i love cycling outside, i love that you can rest but you are still working a little and that you can rest but still be moving. i like doing hills, both up and down. then it got cold and dark (and i mean cold and dark - currently i live in wisconsin, and currently its snowing but gets way too cold to snow quite frequently) and so i bought a bike trainer. i then realised how much i hate cycling inside. there is none of the joy of outside cycling, no moving when not working, no wind in your face, no petty scenery whooshing by, just failure when you stop when your muscles are burning.
 i have a Wii fit but there is very little room in our house to use it properly and is such a task to prepare the room it puts me off. i have a blue ab ball, resistance bands, hand weights (if you can call 3lbs a weight!!). I like to hike, but wisconsin is as flat as a pancake. so, with all that, i've almost  tried and tested everything, i have opted for the only other thing i can think of.

                        to blog about it , blogging my way to fitness.
i read a few running related blogs, all very inspiring, though chicrunner is my fave. one i recently started reading, the girl decided that she would sign up for a triathlon even though she really wasn't a swimmer and really isn't that hot on a bike. her race report was engrossing, motivating and inspiring. much like danica's; miss chic runner.  in fact it surprises me how enjoyable it is to read a play by play of someone who's running. this is what draws me to want to compete. i've thought about it in the past, i have no sporting accomplishment and damn it i want one! in fact, it was then that i decided that the only way i could ever  enter a race was to do as she did, and just go and sign up for it, ignoring the fact that ones body is in no shape to do such a drastic thing. these type of things only really happen in the spring, summer and autumn months here in wisconsin, so i will have to wait. wait that is, until i get to england where we will be moving to in the spring. but in the mean time, i decided that i would join the gym once again, for 3 months before we leave. its 2 blocks from my house open 24/7. how lazy would i have to be not to go?

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