Can I tell you how excited I will be on September 27th? I will wake up in the morning and the triathlon will be over. I won't spend all my time obsessing over how fast I swim, bike and run. I'll be able to do different workouts. Best of all, I won't feel guilty if I miss a workout one day. Of course I'll still be exercising, but I won't be on a strict schedule of what exercise, # of times per week and for how long.
I've been feeling really stressed this week because I started really looking at the Westchester Triathlon website, especially this page. Apparently, the elite athletes will be finished with their 9/10 of a mile swim in 18 minutes. 18 minutes!!! Some people will be finishing the whole thing in less than 2 hours. I will only be a few minutes into my bike ride at that point. Obviously I know I'm not an elite athlete (and no where near that level), but it is still very intimidating. I just keep reminding myself that I'm in it to finish. I figure with no problems, it will take me between 4-4.5 hours to finish. I still can't believe I'm doing an athletic event for that amount of time. That reminds me, I have to make my spa appointment for the next day. For Mother's Day, I got the super-duper-major spa package from my husband. I think I deserve to use it after the Tri!
I have another open water swim on Monday night. I didn't get to go last weekend due to the thunderstorms. You can find me at Rye beach for the next 4 Mondays!
For this week, I need to keep running. The early morning runs have worked out really well. I'm going to try to keep doing it 2-3x a week.
My fitness goals will be pretty consistent until the Triathlon:
1. Early morning run at least 2 or 3 days.
2. Eat more protein and complex carbohydrates.
3. Drink lots of water. It's hot out there!
4. Do 1 brick. Bike ride for at least an hour (preferably more) and then run/walk for 3 miles.
I wonder how many calories I will burn during the triathlon...
ETA: This is my first high endurance event. I'm doing it as a member of Team In Training and raising fund for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I've had 3 very close family members die from blood cancers so this is very personal for me. I would never try to attempt a Triathlon as my first event if I weren't doing it for charity.
My Team In Training page is here.
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SISTA OF THE WEEK: Congratulations to Shawnee Halligan @ShawneeH for being the Sista of the Week! Way to go.
A big thank you to this week's sponsor, Earth Footwear! I have a pair of suede clogs that I adore and wear all the time during the winter. And, I love that they are so earth friendly! I would love another pair that I can wear year round, or maybe a cute pair of boots.