("Baby steps" is the famous life affirming program I learned from the movie "What About Bob?" Thank you Bill Murray!)
|my new running buddy, Camden|
I do a spin class every Tuesday. "Real" triathletes will say that this is not a great use of training time, because spin class does not necessarily mirror the bike experience on the road. But, guess what? Its FUN! I have a standing date with my friend Jen; the instructor is good and plays upbeat music that keeps me motivated; and its an hour on the bike that guarantees me about 20 miles and 500 calories to burn.
But now I work a Thursday morning and one weekend-day on my bike into the week. My bike is on a trainer (makes it into a stationary bike, if you didn't know what a "trainer" is) in the living room. So I try to get in an hour to two hours on Thursday mornings. I have only managed an hour and a half at the most so far, because my Thursday time is wholly dependent on my three year old daughter and whether I can sneak downstairs at 5 a.m. without waking her. It doesn't always work, and one week I went home at lunch hour and did my trainer then... and went back to work.
That all sounds so nice and planned out on paper. But there are days and weeks where I have felt very rushed, and extremely sleep deprived. Workouts are cut shorter than I had planned but are at least getting done. I worry that this is working for now, but how will I factor in long outdoor bike sessions in the summer, with swim team and everything else? How much of the kids lives and James's life will I truly affect, despite my best efforts not to? How the heck will I get it all done?
And then I return to my journal, my baby steps plan, and try to re-center. We will eat leftovers some nights, or takeout. I'll sneak in a workout at lunch. The house will be a wreck. I will miss some fun events. But the time will be found. And I'll do it, because I have set my mind to do it.
For those who are counting, 225 DAYS TIL IMMD! Here's what the start for the swim looked like this week:
|The Choptank River, Cambridge, MD|
And, my fundraising page is up and running! I am racing IMMD for The Little Things for Cancer (see the link to their website to the right of my blog... or follow them on Facebook.) Through the crazy generosity of family and friends, I am already a third of the way to my goal of $3000. If you are interested in donating to TLT4C via my fundraising page, that link is also to the right on my blog. I have also created a link here:
Colleen's Fundraising Page
If you are donating in memory of someone, or in honor of a current warrior, please let me know... I plan on taking a list of all your loved ones (and mine) with me during IMMD.