I’m meeting so many inspirational women thru the training program. One of our instructors is training for her first Ironman competition. One of my friends who is training is a single mom to five children under the age of 5. One woman has 12 biological children, has had 2 surgeries in the past year and this is her first tri. If they can all do it….I have NO EXCUSE!!!!
Our training this week was a 45 minute lake swim, then a 11.75 mile bike ride up and down some SERIOUS hills, then we ran a mile. It’s so fun doing it as a group!!!
I know you are wondering how I train while I own a business and have 3 small kids, one adorable husband and am trying to adopt a newborn? Yes….it does require some thought.
I have committed to the 7 weeks of Monday night group training. It was a $110 class fee, but that price is cheaper than my funeral would be if I were to drown in the lake on race day…so it’s worth it to me and my family to gain confidence and skills that I will use the rest of my life. If ever you want to do a tri, I encourage you to do a group training. It is worth every cent.
I had an epiphany one day. As moms, we spend all of our time spreading ourselves so thin for all of our kid’s activities that we end up being LAST on the list. I lovingly told my husband (and he agreed), that while I don’t want to ever miss ANY of my kids activities, my kids also need to see a healthy mom….who is DEDICATED to a healthy lifestyle and who makes herself a priority. And so with that….I have put MYSELF on the list. I have missed 2 of my son’s baseball games on Monday nights and I am refusing to feel guilty. I cannot be willing to do my children’s activities 4 or 5 nights a week and not have one night for 7 weeks to focus on my own health. If I wait until I have the “time to train”, I will be 55 or 60 years old. I won’t wait that long.
Wow….at “almost 40” I am getting feisty!
With that being said, I make every effort to be with my kids as much as possible. I have made countless sacrifices to be home with them. I only work outside of the home 12 hours a week. So, they end up being with me on alot of my trainings.
On days when I need to swim laps for my training…..I take the kids to our neighborhood pool and they play in the pool while mom swims back and forth….back and forth.
(Ava is scowling while momma is resting)
(Here she is…..I am naming her “Ruby”. )
( a pic from training last week)
Linking to Run Faster Mommy’s “Do Something you are Afraid Of” post.
The Today Show found my blog and ended up filming a segment. See my updated post here.
Wow, good on you! I am also staring down the barrel of 40…my birthday is on July 20th so I guess I am going to race you there 🙂
Good on you for doing something so energetic on your first day of being 40, I can’t say I will be doing the same, lol! My husband and I are taking a quick kid-free break to Australia for 3 nights and my best friend and her husband are meeting us there, I am so excited!
I am still dealing with the fact I will never be in my 30’s again though…and can’t help looking back 10 years to when I was 29 and worried about turning 30…what an idiot, lol! I have alot to be thankful for, including, I guess, that I am not 49 about to turn 50 ;P
What is the diff between a tri and an iron man. I guess the distance of each section? Good for you! Wonderful example for your kids of setting goals and reaching them.
All I can say is WOW!!!!
What a beautiful post! I have also been inspired to make time for me recently and it does wonders for your mental health I believe! My goal is currently a 10K, a Ragnar Relay, and now because of you, a triathlon. Best of luck for the next 30 days and on race day!! I’ll be cheering you on from sunny AZ!!!
I am seriously in awe of you! Don’t feel guilty for one second, girl. :o)
In the words of the Country Boys from Expedition Impossible….”I got this…get it on your mind”. Can’t wait to hear how you do!
You are pretty much AWESOME!
I AM SO STINKIN’ PROUD OF YOU JEN!!!
I want to tell you that I LOVED my 40’s…and 50’s…and each day that I wake up! You begin to relax about life more and there’s a lot more fun it seems. I’m so glad that you’re doing these things for YOU right now! Excellent ~
I’m not a swimmer so I doubly appreciate how well you’re doing! I just know that this tri is going to be a HUGE success for you. Your kids are witnessing accountability and respect for yourself. Great!