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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.

Learning from Project Lifestyle

I spent 2014 trying to manage my life like a project. In some aspects this was successful, and other aspects it was not. It was an interesting experiment. However I know I made it over complicated and therefore was trying to do too much at the same time and not giving anything my full attention.

I wanted to look back at my original aims of the project to see what I achieved.

  • I want to wear a dress to the running club christmas party – I did this, but it was not the dress I intended. However I was impressed that I had the confidence to do this and am happy i achieved this.
    • either fitting into one of my Coast ones or a new one – didn’t do
  • I want to wear a dress to work in summer – didn’t do
  • I want to have completed 4 triathlons – I completed 3, but also became a level 1 qualified coach, so more than happy with this
    • 400m 20km 5km – completed
    • 3 of 750m 20km 5km – 2 completed
  • I want to lose 3 stone (42lbs) using MFP and Exercise with Nike Fuelband and understanding my binge eating – this was the main one that did not go to plan and I don’t think worked being managed as a project. I liked the fuelband for a while, but grew bored. I got fed up with MFP as I don’t like th social media side of it. I worked at unrest anoint my binge eating and this will be something I continue to work at.
  • I want to fit back into several items of clothing which I was in at my lowest weight of 12st 7lbs – not achieved
    • Oasis Coat
    • Next Boyfriend Jeans
    • Coast Purple Flower Dress
    • Purple Suede Jacket
  • I want to beat my club gala times at swimming and do the 800m Free with tumble turns – this was mixed, but my goal also changed to completing all events possible and I did that as well as doing tumble turns so I am happy I achieved this even if my times were about the same for the events I have previously done.
  • I want to take part in more shorter distance club champ runs and beat my times of the ones I did in 2013 (specific goals to follow) – running went out the window in 2014 due to two sprained ankles and a lack of confidence. I want to go back to basics and just enjoy running for ruining, rather than signing up for different events.

Overall Project Lifestyle was interesting, but I set it up in too complicated a way. I worked towards the goals that were important to me, and others fell away for different reasons. I am going to learn from this for 2015 and focus on a few things that are the most important. I found it also did not allow for flexibility, which does not work for me. Later in the year I found I needed to change my goals to reflect my current situation and the project management approach was not constructive. I think I need a plan, but in steps rather than a set project plan. An interesting experiment and one I have learned from and will take away from greatly.

#matchachallenge

I want to get 2015 off to a good start, especially with having flu over Christmas! I feel like the last two months have flown by and I’ve been ill for most of it with colds and flu. So when I saw teapigs advertising their #matchachallenge and wanting bloggers to participate I jumped at the opportunity.

The kind folks over at teapigs sent me a modern matcha kit to get me going.

It includes a pot of matcha, a spoon, a shot glass, an aerolatte, and a cute little badge! IMG_0076.JPG

Also a two week checklist to take part in the challenge

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I started this morning (a little bit before January, but eager to get started!) and will be sharing my #matchachallenge on here, Twitter, and Instgram.

My motivation for doing this is to boost my energy levels. With being ill for the last week I really need an extra boost so this is perfect timing. I have a few extra goals I’ll be watching, but am going to keep them private for now. My main incentive is energy all the way – especially for skiing in a couple of weeks!

So what is matcha?

“Matcha is 100% natural, organic green tea leaves which have been carefully ground down to form a fine powder.”

The teapigs website has a fantastic page all about the process and where it comes from in Japan so head over there for the full story and join in with the #matchachallenge! Hold out until January and there will be an offer on matcha too!

Running – Back to Basics

I have all but stopped running in the last couple of months. I lost my love for it this last year (okay, maybe more like ‘like of it’). Then when triathlon season ended I struggled to find the motivation to get back out there and pound the pavement.

I think I also lost my confidence. Spraining the same ankle twice in the same year (only 4 months apart) knocked it into the ground and I couldn’t dig it back out.

So I have decided to go back to basics over the Christmas break.  How I am going to do this? Well I have a plan!

  • Get out for 20-30 minutes at a time – keeping it short and sweet
  • Start by doing walking and jogging intervals
  • Use heart rate training principles to keep it slow and steady – build a base
  • Get out on my own during the day – focus on myself and my enjoyment
  • Do the parkrun on the 27th December (no swimming that weekend)

My goal is to be able to feel confident and get back into joining the club runs after skiing at the end of January.

The run is my main worry when it comes to the 70.3 I’ve signed up for. I know I still have 8 months to train, but I’m still worried about it. I figure the sooner I get my confidence back the better I will feel about the whole thing.  I think I will focus on 30 minutes for January and then build to 60 minutes in February/March and 90 minutes in April/May. Then when I start the proper training in May I will have a good base and be half way towards the time I think it will take me to do the run leg of the 70.3.

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