Hi friends!! We are so excited to be back and we have SO many fun changes. I am so excited to update you on all my recent fitness adventures and what’s to come! In the last few years I have completed my first Half Ironman, a Spartan Beast, and have started to do a class similar to Crossfit at Lifetime called Alpha. I’m training for my second Half Ironman this September and I am going about my training totally different this time! I love what lifting has done for my body and refuse to give it up and am going to *attempt* to integrate the two to train for my race. To be completely honest I haven’t been super excited to train and do another triathlon. I have even said this may be my last race for a long time or indefinitely…yikes! I think a lot of those feelings were coming from thinking I had to CHOSE between lifting and triathlon. I also LOVED the Spartan Beast and could see heading that direction full time in the future. I’ve always loved lifting and being strong and it was so cool to find something that so perfectly meshed strength and endurance.
For now I am not getting out of my race in September and apparently this race was MY idea and I even convinced three close friends to do this race and if I don’t want to have three less friends I am going to have to stick with it;) I came to this realization about a week ago…the same week I should be starting my 16 week training program. I dug out the program I used last time and took a look. All the emotions came back. The first was sadness. As I looked at each week I remembered how tired I was and how I cried every day in the last month. I remember being too tired to make dinner or take my kids to the pool. Luckily that feeling passed and I remembered how despite feeling rundown this plan helped me achieve a goal I never thought I’d accomplish. I also remember biking our amazing North Carolina roads and being so thankful for the Carolina blue sky, for the neon green trees in the spring, for passing over Jordan Lake, and for our Coke stops;) Most of all I remember sharing all of this with my amazing friends who covered more than 500 miles of road with me! Ok, I could do this, but I still didn’t want to give up my Alpha class. I will be devoting a whole post to this class soon, but it has been an awesome addition to my program and again because I am mostly drawn to things because of people I have developed a love for a strong group of women that I love to workout with!
With all of this on my mind I decided to take to Google and try to find a program that integrated Crossfit and Triathlon. I found some programs for purchase, but was hesitant to buy something without seeing the full plan, and I don’t love a specific plan. I’m probably not ever going to swim drills. I swim one speed and feel as long as most are open water swims I’m good. I saw some great information about Crossfit endurance, but the class I do has a lot more barbell work and that is what I want to keep focusing on. I will say I didn’t dig too deep. I feel I know enough to get by and combine them in my own way and the most important thing is I’m not planning to PR this race AT ALL. I honestly feel I gave my absolute ALL to Augusta HIM and crushed my goal. I know I’m not willing to put all that LSD (long slow distance) training into this race and that’s ok. So, I am basically going to wing it and blog about it. This could be brilliant and this could be a trainwreck. We shall see. Each week I’m going to blog my workouts and paces and write about the other pieces that help my success. Nutrition will be a HUGE part of this and you will see that is one of the most important factors in my journey the last three years. I look forward to unpacking a lot of nutrition information as it relates to counting macros and fueling for performance. I also look forward to talking about being a “hybrid” athlete and finding interest and balance in endurance and strength. I first heard the term hybrid athlete from Alex Viada who has a book called The Hybrid Athlete. I haven’t read the book, but love listening to podcasts by him. The first time I heard him speak I was so excited…finally I had a category for myself. While I’ve considered myself a runner or triathlete for many years I didn’t quite fit the mold. I am naturally muscular and forced myself to be small for many years. I have suffered way too many running injuries from being imbalanced and I actually really love how a strong and muscular body looks.
I look forward to sharing my training and journey with you! I am already a week in so I may have to double up. Follow us on Instagram where I will post pictures and snippets throughout the summer. Happy training!!