I have been wanting to get back to regular posting for so long. I feel like every time I’ve posted in the last year it’s been like “oh crap, I haven’t posted in a while, here is a overview of everything that happened this month,” which ends up reading like a boring laundry list instead of painting a word picture of day to day life. I miss sorting out my feelings, venting my frustrations and leaving myself a record of snapshots in time-in my life and in Squidgy’s. Work has been busy, life outside works has been busy, blah blah blah busycakes.
So here I am, trying to get back on the figurative bike. What I have been doing when I haven’t been writing this summer is riding a literal bike. Back in March after that trip to see Salsera, I finally hit that threshold where the switch flipped and I became truly determined to lose the weight that has been plaguing me. It has meant working out usually 6 days a week-and then b/c work has been so busy, I’d usually get on the computer a couple hours most nights. I haven’t been awesome about eating well (see: busy…too busy to keep the house stocked with and cook healthy things), but the working out madly has been enough to take off about 12 pounds and change the shape of my body.
I’d still like to lose and keep off another 5-10 pounds, and am going to need to really rededicate myself to sticking to the eating on top of the working out to do that. We’ll see. One of the things I did to help stick to getting a workout in pretty much every day is buy a bike. Even when it’s been too ridiculous hot and humid to even consider going for a run, I’ve been able to coax myself out for a breezy ride-if even just for a few miles.
And now, god help me, I’m mulling over doing a triathlon in a little more than a month. It will be a GIANT stretch for me. I haven’t been running much because of the heat-mostly doing DVDs and biking. I was just now starting to get geared up for a 5K in mid September. That’s about 3 miles. The Triathlon, which is the first weekend in October includes a 5.5 mile run. Then an 18 mile bike ride-which is about 10 more miles than I’ve ridden my bike. Instead of a swim, it starts with a canoe, which you do with a partner.
I have a friend who is one of those natural athletes, runs a 5K, finishes in the top and is barely out of breath. I am nowhere near in her league. Her legs are roughly double the length of mine. Her 5K time is at least 10 mins faster than mine. She’s the one who told me about the race-she’s done it a couple of times. Earlier this summer I was mulling over taking on this race, but needed a partner who was more in my fitness range. While you canoe together and can split up and do the run and bike at your own pace, your overall time is a team time-so it’s only as good as your weakest teammate’s. Long story short, the person I hoped to recruit who runs at about my pace and doesn’t have much biking experience pulled a hammy and put me off till the spring race.
Then this weekend, fit friend was all, “You want a partner?” When I demurred that she wouldn’t want to race with me because of my novice status, she said that she wasn’t trying to do it competitively this race, and wanted to just have fun, so she wouldn’t be worried about time.
So I’m torn. I know it’s going to be a lot of work the next month to get my running AND biking distance up. But you know, what’s the worst that could happen? I don’t quite make it and have to walk part of the run and pedal really slowly on parts of the bike? But then I think, how embarrassing will it be to stagger across the finish line an hour after my partner? Plus, one of the things I was looking forward to about doing it with my other friend was running and biking together and encouraging each other. Either way, I need to decide soon. Step outside of my comfort zone and take a risk or put it off for a few months?