Saturday, October 29, 2011

Dusting Off

It's been...a couple years since my epic summer of 3 triathlons. I remember sitting with friends that winter, contemplating signing up for the Danskin in Austin in 2010 and saying, "I really don't want to spend $80 on an entry fee just to wind up pregnant and not be able to do it." 

Good thing I saved myself that $80. I pretty much spent the entirety of 2010 not only growing a person but also becoming familiar with each and every acceptable and unacceptable bathroom for puking pretty much every frequented venue in a 10 mile radius. It started with a stomach bug that New Year's Eve and then I didn't STOP barfing, thanks to my sweet daughter, until early December. I had a C-section and struggled with PPD, which kept me from having any strength or motivation whatsoever to do the MS 150, even though I signed up for a team and have a jersey and everything. Then, I heard about this thing called Stroller Strides and in August of this year decided to give it a go.

I have found a marvelous group of moms and babies and more importantly have found a strength in myself I never knew I could achieve. Turns out three days a week every week of consistent, challenging strength and core training can make a difference in your life. Huh.

Today, I rode in a 35-mile bike ride and noticed an incredible difference between my endurance, strength, and overall performance on a bike compared to the events I've done in the past. I'm in fact throwing around the idea of doing a tri next year just to see how it compares. I had originally believed that just doing the exercises themselves would be enough training for the triathlon, but seriously, doing lunges, working with weight bands, and doing a zillion crunches daily has improved me, physically and mentally. Give it a whirl.