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Next Week

Sometimes getting things off your chest does wonders.

I didn’t realise how much my thoughts and doubt about my goals was having on other aspects of my life. I was distracted by constantly trying to figure things out. Then once I had sat down and written it out a weight lifted. I made myself some action points and can move forward. I don’t have the answer, but I am moving forward.

This has made me look forward to next week, when before I was feeling guilty as I will probably not do much training.

I’ve taking my Level 1 Teaching Aquatics qualification!

I’m officially becoming a swimming teacher. I really enjoyed the triathlon coaching course last year, but have been honest with myself and said that is not the way forward I want to go with teaching/coaching as I want to concentrate on swimming. So i started helping with the kids section of the my swimming club and in return for my commitment to continue volunteering they will pay for the level 1 and level 2 courses I am taking this year.

Next week is going to be full on. I have to be at the venue 9-5 Monday to Friday and will then have session planning and evaluations as homework every night.

I chose to take the week off work to get this done as my club need level 2 qualified teachers, but you have to be 18 to take that course, which rules out the older kids in the club who help out. This means I can get on a level 2 course early in the year.

I’m now excited (if a little nervous) about this and am not worrying about what this mean for running and cycling. August is a long way off and I know it will come round quickly. However if I peak too soon I really won’t want to train for this event.

I want to enjoy the journey and becoming a swimming teacher is part of that.

Making it easier for myself

Since admitting I was out of sync with things yesterday I have been thinking of how I can re-align things for myself.

A big part of my struggle right now is my schedule. I like having some evenings in during the week to myself. I do not like coming home and then waiting to go to club, specifically running club, as I feel I can run anytime I want to and am not restricted by getting pool time.

So for running I am going to start going on my own straight from work. I will then go to the club as and when i want. This way I come home from work, feed the cats and go back out from home rather than have to drive anywhere. My other option is to run at lunchtime at work. This is the only thing I can do at that time as I would have to drive to a gym or pool. I would just need to be a bit more organised.

For cycling I need to get into the routine of heading out straight after swimming on a weekend at the moment. Once it is lighter I can mix things up and cycle to and from work or go straight after work. I have got a turbo trainer, but have yet to use it or find a space where I can set it up and leave it. I also need to get into the routine of cleaning my bike on the return from a ride. So having an area set up for this would make it easier.

Swimming isn’t an issue really. I am restricted to club pool times to get the most out of my training. I’m rubbish in public sessions. I am having some 121 sessions for lake swimming and video analysis later this month and am really looking forward to getting to know my Critical Swim Speed and train with that.

Making easier for myself will mean getting organised. I would like to make it easier to head out the door so I will take a look at my fitness bags and have they set up and ready to just add clothes.  Looking at where and how I store my clothes and changing things up to make things more accessible (and easier to put away after washing!) would be another thing.

I might have a rethink of how my house is set out:

  • Is there a way I can have my turbo and bike indoors during the week?
  • Where can I keep my fitness bags for easy grab and go?
  • Can I store my fitness clothes and accessories in specific boxes?
  • Can I make room in the spare room by getting rid of crap?

This is turning into a slightly bigger task than I thought when I started writing this post, but I like the way it is heading. I want my life to be focused around health and fitness and my home doesn’t currently support what I need, so I need to make some changes.  However I will not try to do this all at once. I will start with the actual fitness scheduling and over the next few weeks start making changes at home to support it. I need to figure what I have when it comes to storage and where I can put things and therefore if things need to be moved.

I feel so much better for getting yesterday’s post out there as it has helped me move onto the problem solving rather than be stuck in the problem.

I also do want to do the 70.3 this year. I’m just scared at the moment.

Out of Sync

Things haven’t been going to plan.

The plan I set last year.

The plan for the goal that isn’t resonating with me anymore.

When things aren’t aligning with your values everything feels like a struggle. Feels like punishment.

I’ve been absent from the blog because I don’t know what to say. I set up 2015 to be the year I completed a 70.3 triathlon. But I’m not feeling it anymore. I don’t know if I ever felt it really. I signed up because everyone else was – bad reason!

Things just feel out of sync.

Until I think about swimming. There I know I want to swim a 5k and a 10k event. I feel excited thinking about those goals. I want to put the effort in there. I want to spend the summer at the lake.

I am taking some time to figure things out. If I hadn’t signed up for the triathlon already I wouldn’t sign up now. I need to decide if I want to do this. I know I do deep down, or I will at some point. The opportunity is here now and I want to take it, but at the same time I don’t.

I’m hoping this is all just a severe case of winter blues and hating the dark. I’m on my swim teaching course next week and each day it is getting lighter so I’m hopeful in a couple of weeks time I’ll be back on form and set on my goals.

Everyone must hit the wall or the sticky lake of mud that slows you down but doesn’t knock you off your feet. It’s frustrating more than anything.

Adventures in Books… Triathlon for Every Woman

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“Triathlon for the Every Woman is a hilarious, fun and informative read–full of expert advice, training tips, and stories to turn a tired, busy woman into a tired, busy woman TRIATHLETE–no matter her size, age or place in life.

Meredith Atwood, an overweight and overworked wife, mother and attorney, went from the couch to the finish of a half Ironman triathlon in a little over a year. Her book, full of contributions from expert coaches, nutritionists and athletes, takes the reader through the disciplines of swimming, biking and running. In addition, the book includes comical accounts of battling the scale and the balancing act of training with a spouse, kids and a full-time job. The book will inspire and entertain– and have even the busiest of women taking on the challenge of swimming, biking and running. Even for those lacking in time, motivation or hope, Triathlon for the Every Woman will turn everything around and make any woman a believer.

Meredith Atwood, better known in the blog world as “Swim Bike Mom,” is a writer and attorney. In just over a year, she went from super fat to the finish line of her first half Ironman triathlon. Since that time, she has finished several half marathons, triathlons, including Ironman Coeur d’Alene in 2013. Her blog, www.SwimBikeMom.com is a girl’s best friend…and a male triathlete’s guilty pleasure. She lives in the burbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her husband (The Expert), two Swim Bike Kids, and hundreds of jars of peanut butter.”

I’ve started reading triathlon books. You would of thought I would have done that when I started, but it hasn’t been until I wanted to take on the bigger challenge of a 70.3 triathlon that I wanted to read about people who are like me taking on the same challenge. I’ve been reading the blog Swim Bike Mom for a while and thought her book would be a good place to start. I related totally to the premise ‘for the every woman’. Sometimes it feels like triathlon is a sport only for the super fit, but I think anyone could do it if they wanted to and that is the key.

I found this book informative and funny. It felt like a real person, rather than a over ally formal coaching book or plan. I like her honesty about the pain and the mental struggle as well as the physical side of training. On my Kindle I think this may be the first book I highlight and added notes to!

I felt the challenge she was going through, but I also felt the determination and pride in every milestone. I liked that she got advice from lots of different people. I envy that she has a coach and definitely envy the relationship with that coach. It is something i am going to be looking for in the people I surround myself with going forward.

I would recommend this book to any woman wanted to start triathlon. It has made me feel better and less overwhelmed, but more realistic about my goals and desires when it comes to this sport.

The only question I kept asking whole reading this book was ‘how much sleep do you get?’. There were many 4:30am mornings and I just know I would have to be in bed at 6pm if I started doing that, so defeats the object of having a life at the same time. Maybe that is the problem I have – I want a life outside of triathlon, even when I’m going to be training for the longest one I may ever do!

2015 Goals

I’ve been thinking about my goals for the year ahead. I don’t make resolutions, but I like to sit down at this time of year (although a little later than normal this year) and think about what I want to do in the year ahead.

For me 2015 and turning 30 makes it already a big year. I have wanted to turn a corner in my life for the last few years and I want 2015 to finalise that for me. Heading into my third decade for me means I want to always be myself. What other people think about me is none of my business. I want people to respect me, rather than aiming for everyone to like me. I want to let go of those last few things that are really my parents in my head and make sure I’m living my life exactly how I want to and to my own values.

For me 2015 is about three things:

– weight
– fitness
– work

These take on different things depending on the person, but I know what I want to achieve with each thing. I am not going to lay it out here as some bits are extremely personal and are not for airing on my blog. However these will also impact on what I post about and my adventures over the next 12 months so I want to share where I am going and what I am thinking about.

I’ve learnt from Project Lifestyle last year and I over complicated things. This year I am keeping it simple and focusing on one thing at a time. Sometimes things will link and work towards two goals at the same time, but otherwise they each have their own focus and importance and priority.

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