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"Losing It" Update No. 2, Ramping Up Physical Activity

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I’ve decided I’m at least partially crazy. I’ve allowed my friend and neighbor, Erin, to talk me into signing up to do my first sprint triathlon (500m swim, 12 mi bike, 2.6 mi run). The race is now in three weeks, and we just started training about a week and a half ago. I've always held the notion that people who do triathlons are crazy, and felt like I knew something about it because I did a marathon five years ago. So I've joined the crazy poeple tribe, but I’m working out regularly!

Weight Management Recap
I started my weight loss plan on July 15th, and for the first couple weeks, I was doing little more than trying to eat right. It was working to a certain extent--I lost a couple body fat points, and a couple pounds off the scale -- but life and work was getting in the way of attaining my workout goals. Then in walks my friend, Erin.

Erin is naturally tall and thin, and works part-time as a nurse while studying for an advanced degree in nursing. I was looking for a new workout buddy, and she seemed like a good choice since she is home most days like I am. Our flexible schedules would allow us to workout during business hours and also get our work done with our families out of the house. I didn’t want my husband to turn into a triathlon widower. Yes, I know it’s only a sprint triathlon, but I still didn't want my workouts to creep into family time. So Erin offered the triathlon goal. She wants to do a race before she gets pregnant, and I am easily convinced.

Back on the Training Train
Last week was our first real week of intense cardio workouts, and I think we’re doing great so far. We swam on Tuesday and Thursday for twenty minutes (about 400 meters), and then we each went to our separate hour-long yoga classes. On Wednesday, we biked close to seven and a half miles, and then immediately ran about a mile and a half. Friday was a day off, and Saturday we ran close to four miles. I joked on my FaceBook page that “I seem to be going at a ludicrous pace lately.” Someone asked me if I was still on Prednisone. I'm happy to report that the only supplement I'm using is Centrum Performance(R).

So far I have experienced only minor soreness.

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LOL. As does yours. ;)

August 24, 2009 - 10:21am

I would like to go on record as saying I will never sign up for a full triathlon. I have the utmost respect for athletes who can do it, but I have no desire to accomplish a feat like that, and value my family time with my husband and our boys too much to spend so much time training. Thank you for your comment, it gave me a smile.

August 24, 2009 - 9:13am

Thank you for this post! I never knew there were "sprint" triathlons before. Surely you belong to only the half-crazy tribe, that is until you sign up for a full tri!

August 18, 2009 - 8:08am
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