Before I started doing triathlons I belonged to the Y. I went to different classes there mainly in order to be skinny and cute. I went to Body Pump and I attended step classes. Neither gave me the results I wanted. There are nothing wrong with those classes, but they were not right for me.
1. There were accidents. Sorry people. I have had five kids. The old bladder isn't what it used to be.
2. They start at a time. When I was late I missed something, like the warm up. Warm up was the only part I was good at so it stressed me out. I don't want to be stressed when I am trying to exercise.
3. There were not really any measurable results. About the time I would get the routine down they would change it.
4. When I tripped and fell off the step and ended up in an ungraceful heap on the ground people couldn't help but stare at the woman laying on the floor in a puddle.
5. I always thought I would meet friends at the classes, but I never did. Either the other ladies were way too cute and skinny and so I
I decided to try spin class one day. I figured if nothing else it would eliminate #1. (Pun intended.) I still had to be on time, but there was less tripping and obvious lack of rhythm. I liked it. It was hard, but if I really needed a break I could turn the tension down on the bike and just pretend. It burned about a million calories - five or take. It was early in the morning so I didn't have to take any kids and my Y has really good coffee for FREE!
In the midst of all that spinning I read an article stating people who work out with a goal in mind other than being skinny and cute tend to work out longer and more than those who only work out to look good. An example of a goal was like a 5k or something. I hate to run so I couldn't think of a race to enter right off, but the theory resided in my head.
Soon people in my spin class started talking about the MS ride to Austin and triathlons. I had always been fascinated by triathlons. I tried to get a friend to do one with me after the birth of child #2, but she couldn't swim and refused to drown just to help me out. Selfish don't ya think?
But all their tri talk got to me. Pretty soon the weather warmed up and the class turned into a tri class. We would spin, run, and swim. I laid it on The Coach that I wanted to do a triathlon. He didn't exactly laugh, but he was tentative.
I started training. Got pregnant. Stopped training. Had a miscarriage. Gained about fifteen pounds. Got pregnant again. Stopped Training. Had a baby. FINALLY in May of 2008 I completed my first triathlon. On Mother's Day.
I remember running those three miles and repeating to myself that I had given birth to four babies...I could certainly finish running three darn miles. And I did. I was hooked.
I finished two other races that year.
As I was gearing up for the 2009 season I realized (my mom informed me.) I was pregnant. Had a baby and geared up again.
I went from running six minutes at time to completeling 8 triathlons in 2010. It wasn't easy. It isn't always pretty. I have never won. I don't care. This year I do hope to became stronger and faster by hiring a coach. Even if I don't ever win I do enjoy it. And a fringe benefit...I am skinny and cute. (Well my husband thinks so and who am I to correct him.)
My advice - which you didn't ask for.
If you are trying to start working out, do something you enjoy. It may take a few classes or experimenting until you figure it out. If you HATE being on the treadmill. Try something else. Maybe you prefer the outdoors. Maybe you are someone who would rather be involved in a class or a team sport. Then if you can find an event - sign up for it and try it out. It doesn't have to be a race. There are walks and hikes and classes and bowling leagues. And finally..don't let the fact that you may not be the best at something turn you off. Not everyone can be the best, that doesn't mean it isn't fun.
If you read this far there is a prize. I will pick a random commenter to which I will send a GC to a store I haven't chosen yet. It will be cheap...like ten bucks. (Surely that is enough incentive.)
Yes.........I AM bribing people to comment on my blog. (The more you comment the more I can sit here and read before I have to cook dinner.)