2:22:57……First Triathlon done

Knitting Nedjmi taking on her fears, and finishing her first triathlon. Very inspiring.

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Jersey Girl Finish Jersey Girl Finish

My First Triathlon:  2:22:57

Not sure where to begin this story. Yesterday I completed my first (and I vowed) my last triathlon. I was not a happy camper to be coming in near the end. I know that the time shouldn’t have been my priority but I was bummed out. Any way that’s not the beginning.

Thanks to the encouragement of my Brick City Masterswim pals, at the beginning of this year I signed up for Jersey Girl and Iron Girl. And in the spring I began training sans the bike because I didn’t own one. I think I bought my bike in the end of May. I was so fearful of the bike that it took weeks to get on it. It’s a hybrid and lighter than the mountain bike I had borrowed. Riding is not my favorite activity by far.

So, to yesterday. The…

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Workout Wednesday – Swim Ladder

Welcome to another edition of Workout Wednesday. Every Wednesday I will post a new Triathlon specific workout. If you like the workout, fit it into your training plan for the week. If you don’t like the workout you’re crazy, all of my workouts are brilliant pieces programming. (kidding)

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Today’s Workout – Swim Ladder

Some days pool workouts can get so tedious and boring, it feels like torture. You spend your time staring at the black line at the bottom, waiting to touch the wall, and repeat. In today’s workout, the goal is to break it up, and focus key parts of the stroke. Thus, making the workout for interesting and effective.

Swim Ladder

  • 100M – Focus on holding perfect form
  • 200M – Focus on body rotation
  • 300M – Focus on good head position
  • 500M – Work at a nice even pace
  • 300M – Focus on body rotation
  • 200M – Increase your pace
  • 100M – Let it rip. Go as quick as you can with good form

Total: 1700M

If your are not up to swimming these distances yet. You can decrease the distance of each rep. Maybe try do 50, 100, 200, 100, 50. Challenge yourself, and work on keeping the best form possible.

For some tips on proper form, check out these posts:

No more Controlled Drowning, Part I

No more Controlled Drowning, Part II

 
photo credit: Sky Noir via photopin cc

Friday Motivation – Embrace Discomfort

All of the time, people say you need to break out of your comfort zone. This phrase has become so hackneyed, and cliched that it really holds no meaning. Let’s stop telling people to break out of their comfort zone, and tell them to embrace discomfort. When you push yourself to do something that puts you into discomfort, that is where you are making real change.

I spend the majority of my life in relative comfort. I work in a controlled environment. I drive a car to most places. When I am hungry, I have quick access to food. All of that relative comfort leads to stagnation. My brains says, “why should I push to discomfort, when things are so easy?” It’s a constant fight to resist the urge to stagnate, and push through discomfort to change. 

How many of us spend our lives the same way? 

Since this is a triathlon blog, let’s relate this to sport. There is times in a race or hard workout where things start to suck. If you are putting in your full effort, there will be a point, where you brain will tell you to slow down. The more times you can resist that voice the stronger you become. You can call it mental toughness, will power, or being a badass. 

The key to dealing with the discomfort is to embrace it. Let it happen. When the tough times come, breath, and try to relax. You know this is only temporary, and you will come out stronger on the other side. Think about the greatest accomplishments in your life, and the struggle and discomfort it took to achieve them. Was it worth it? I say hell yes!