Monday, January 26, 2015


Last week I did something I was not planning to do. I took a week off. It seems I have a cold and in order to keep it from getting worse I made the decision to spend my time sleeping and resting instead of getting my workouts in.  

It definitely felt weird to sit around and not get up so early but it also seemed like the wise thing to do. I still have a cough but I am going to try to get back to working out this week. With just under 9 weeks to go I don't have a lot of extra time!!

I am going to try to add a couple extra workouts to the schedule this week. If all goes well I will have 3 swim, 3 bike, and 3 run workouts spread over 5 days. Never thought I would say that! Also might try to get the bike out of the basement and ride outside this weekend. 

Thanks for reading!

Monday, January 5, 2015


Lately I have been spending a lot of time asking myself why. More specifically her are all of the thoughts rattling around in my head:

-Why in the world am I doing this?
-Am I crazy?
-Can I even finish?
-Will I ever get any faster in the pool?
-Will I be able to raise the money or will I end up having to pay for my trip and my fundraising commitment?

I was talking to a friend about this and she asked me to answer one of these questions for her. She wanted me to remind her, (and myself) why I signed up in the first place.

Why did I sign up? There are a few reasons. The superficial ones are that I want to get in shape. I see 40 looming on the horizon and want to be in better shape by my birthday. I want my girls to see me active. I want them to know that it is OK to try something new. Something you might not enjoy (cough cough, swimming). Something that is really hard for you (still swimming). That if you want to get better at something you need to work hard, and then work harder.

That is the why of racing. Why sign up for this specific race? Why Team in Training? There are any number of other things I could have signed up for. This is the answer that I need to remember. I think about all of the people in my life who have struggled with or are currently struggling with cancer. People who have lost children, spouses, family, friends. People who have survived and now continue praying for health. All of these people inspire me. There is so much pain, sorrow, love, and even joy in their stories. I am inspired but also at a loss as to how to help. What could I possibly say or do that would be of use? Not much. BUT I can raise money. Money that will go to patient care, research, and family support.

That is why I signed up and that is what I need to remember. The rest will follow along.

12 weeks to go!!

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