There's something about pushing myself physically, to what I think is its limit, that just feels so good! Anyone with me on that? Maybe it's the years of grueling soccer training-doing sprints in Bakersfield's empty river beds or playing tournaments in 100 degree temps, but it's a bit of an addiction. Two weeks ago I got to compete in the Santa Barbara Triathlon-which is definitely one of the most beautiful tri courses I've ever seen-with some amazing female friends and a good looking Dude/Dad crew cheering us on. I made the decision to participate the day before and to be completely honest, I thought it was going to be easy. I've done triathlons in the past (pre-baby) that were much longer and more strenuous courses, but when I hopped on the bike and my legs nearly cramped up, my lack of training became super obvious. About half way through the bike I realized that I wasn't going to win the gold (why I thought this was a possibility is beyond me and laughable) so I finally turned off the super competitive side of my brain and decided to have a good time. From that point on the race was a blast and I even got to cheer the other women on while I finished out the run. After pushing my body as hard as I could that last stretch and crossing the finish line, I felt like a million bucks. During the race there were moments when I felt like my body was just done, but pushing through those moments was all so worth it when I crossed that finish line!
If you've never done a triathlon or attended one, I definitely suggest it. The energy of all the competitors and the crowd will get your adrenaline going even if you are just a spectator. If you're feeling up to the challenge, sign up for one and start training, like right now! You will never regret it. Here's a few basic pointers if you've never done a triathlon:
- Find a triathlon (you may want to start with a sprint length) in a place you want to go and sign up (Commitment Device #1)
- Talk a friend or friends into signing up too! (Commitment Device #2)
- Make a training schedule. Check out this 12 week sprint-tri training guide
- Share your training schedule with someone who can check-in with you about how it's going (Commitment Device #3)
- Figure out your equipment early on and try to borrow from friends if you can. beginner's triathlon gear list
This is the basics, but I don't want to over complicate it. I would have never signed up had I not had the encouragement of some beautiful friends and might have moved a little slower had I not had the best cheerleaders I could ever ask for!
We were three new moms and one BA newly married lady (all in the last year) and we had a blast with the support of our husbands and babes. The crew even supported us in our new Paleo lifestyle by eating like us for dinner the night before the event-we served up cilantro lime chicken over baked sweet potatoes and coconut banana ice cream for dessert. Yum! Here's links to the super easy recipes for those tasty items:
- Cilantro Lime Chicken
- Baked Sweet Potatoes (I use coconut oil instead of butter)
- Coconut Milk Banana Ice Cream- blend these ingredients in a single serve blender cup (Ninja or Bullet), place in freezer for one hour, serves 2
- Optional: frozen or fresh berries, cacoa nibs, nuts, etc.
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 banana
-Pick a way to challenge yourself physically, the increase in work ethic and endurance will leak into other parts of your life too (emotional, spiritual, mental)
-Always support and encourage your friends and family to stretch themselves mentally, physically, spiritually, etc. You might be the encouragement/accountability they need!