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A Little Update

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been pretty quiet here on the blog and on social media over the last several weeks, so I think it’s time for a little update.  It all started with Little Miss getting croup and then a cold the following week and none of us sleeping.  And then, among that craziness, we decided that we are going to put our house on the market and build a new one!

My husband and I have been talking about selling our house and moving for a couple of years now.  Our little house, while an excellent first home, won’t be able to hold us much longer if we plan to add to our family.  The original plan was to spend the next year fixing it up and get it on the market in early 2018.

We knew we wanted to be able to spread out a little bit and had looked at houses online with an acre or so of land.  Many of the houses we found were way out of our price range or needed a lot of work.  There didn’t seem to be much in between.  My in-laws live on acreage and some of that is being passed along to my husband.  So after some consideration, we decided that it would be silly to pass up free land and that we should just build a house out there.  And since interest rates don’t look to be getting any lower, we figured we might as well get the ball rolling.

Measuring the new house

Measuring the dimensions of our new house!

We met with our builder for the first time in the middle of January and things have been moving quickly since.  The architect finished our plans this week and now we’re moving into the phase of getting estimates from all of the subcontractors.  Thankfully our builder is in charge of all of that, but in the next few weeks we will get to go pick out all of the fun things like flooring, fixtures and countertops so that those costs can be added to the report we will give the bank.

Now that things are moving on that end, we also have to get our current house in tip-top shape and ready to get on the market.  It’s a good little house, but needs some cosmetic help and a few small repairs here and there.  Not to mention, we have to get a whole lot of junk out of here before we can list it!  Let the decluttering begin!

I’m so excited to get to bring you all along on our home selling and home building adventure!  I’ll update the blog with tips for staying organized when putting your house on the market, how to pack for a move, and any tips we learn as we build our new home.

If you have anything specific that you’d like be to write about, leave a comment here or on social media and I will do my best to write a post on that topic!

Fitness,Motherhood

Sprint Triathlon Training: Week 6

A mom's journey from overweight to triathlete.

I have made it through Week 6 in my training.  That means that I am more than half-way finished training for my first sprint triathlon!

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you might want to read this post about how I’m training for a sprint triathlon.  I’m using this training schedule to build up to the 1/2 mile swim, 12 mile bike ride and 5K run.  You can also read about my previous weeks of training here:

Week 1     Week 2     Week 3     Week 4     Week 5

Each Monday I’m going to give you a rundown of how the previous week of training went.  I’ll tell you about each workout, what went well, what I need to change and what’s in store for the coming week.

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Tuesday

Once again, I started my training week on a Tuesday.  Monday got away from me and I had more time (and childcare) on Tuesday.  My first workout of the week was on the treadmill and it was an easy 25 minute walk.  I read more of Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight by Peter Walsh this week and it kept my mind busy as I walked.

There really wasn’t anything earth-shattering that happened during this workout.  I went in, walked and left.  It was nice to see so many more “curves” at the gym in the form of New Years Resolutioners.  I hope they stick around for a while, both for themselves and to keep me company since I don’t really fit in with all of the muscle men.

Final Stats

Time: 25 minutes

Speed: 3.4 mph

Distance: 1.39 miles

Thursday

I originally planned to walk and swim on Thursday, but my plans were again foiled by the broken pool heater and really stinkin’ cold temps in Oklahoma.  No part of me wanted to get in a cold pool and then have to walk through the cold air to my cold car.  Not even a little bit.  So, I improvised.  Again.

I went ahead and did the 30 minute walk on the treadmill and read more of my book.  Then I swapped the 30 minutes I was supposed to swim for 30 minutes on the bike.  I decided to go down a resistance level just to see if I could go farther pedaling a little faster.  My pace was definitely quicker, which is something I’ll have to continue doing.  Otherwise, it will take me well over an hour to cycle the 12 miles in a sprint triathlon.

Final Stats

Walk-

Time: 30 minutes

Speed: 3.4 mph

Distance: 1.67 miles

Bike-

Time: 30 minutes

Resistance: 7

Distance: 5.3 miles

Saturday

Sometimes you have good intentions, and sometimes life gets in the way.  We planned to send Little Miss to her grandparents’ house for the day so we could get some work done around the house without our tiny tornado following behind us.  The Mister took her to his parents’ house and I got dressed to head to the gym.  There was a mixup with keys and I ended up with no keys to his car, so I didn’t make it to the gym at all on Saturday.

I was a little bit bummed, but we got a lot done at home and between all the walking and lifting and cleaning, I’m sure I got a pretty decent workout in anyway.

Final Thoughts

It was a shortened week and I still didn’t swim, but I felt good about the training I was able to do.  I feel like my cycling is getting faster now that I’ve bumped down the resistance level and maybe my walking will get a little faster too.

Next week should be a good one.  I’m considering just swimming regardless of if the pool heater is fixed or not.  I need to get back to swimming, so we’ll see.  There are a couple of days next week that shouldn’t be as cold, so maybe my hair won’t turn to icicles when I walk to my car!  Bring it on Week 7!

A mom's journey from overweight to triathlete.

Self Organization

Could a Bullet Journal Solve All Your Planning Problems?

Have you heard of a bullet journal?  Maybe you’ve seen images of them floating around on Pinterest or you’ve noticed that I’ve mentioned mine a few times here on the blog.  Maybe you have one of your own or you’re wondering what all the fuss is about.  Well, let me tell you about how my bullet journal has made my life happier and more organized!

For some reason, I have a love for all things planning.  When I taught, I enjoyed planning units much more than actually teaching them.  Planning new projects for this blog are fun for me.  The beginning of a new year, month, week or even a new day are exciting because I can write down my plan of action.  And don’t even get me started on list-making!  Yes, I am a giant dork.

But there was a slight problem- I tend to be a planner junkie and I would buy one or two (or more!) planners each year, never finding just what I was looking for.  There wasn’t enough space to write out my daily tasks.  I didn’t like the way the calendar was set up.  I needed more pages to write down other tasks and lists that I wanted to keep together.  Ultimately, I would get frustrated with my planner and quit using it.

Enter the bullet journal.

Simple daily page for a bullet journal

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What is a bullet journal?

Watch this video to get an idea of what the original intent of the bullet journal is.

Ryder Carroll developed the system and people flocked to the idea.  I remember I started seeing bullet journal “spreads” popping up on Pinterest and I thought they looked cool and so many are very creative, but initially I didn’t drink the Kool-Aid.  Many of the spreads (conjoining pages in an open journal) I saw were super fancy with beautiful doodles and handwriting and immaculate schedules and lists.  Artsy has never been a word that describes me, so I just moved on thinking that bullet journaling wasn’t for me.

But those silly pins just kept appearing in my Pinterest feed until one day I decided to investigate further.  And what do you know?  Within a week I had started my own bullet journal (or BuJo to many in the bullet journal community).

One pretty awesome thing about a bullet journal is that you can start it whenever you want!  When I started my first journal, it was in the middle of the week in September.  You don’t have to wait for the beginning of a year or month to start- just start where you’re at!

Weekly spread for a bullet journal

Who should bullet journal? 

As I researched more (see that planner in me coming out?) I discovered that you don’t have to be super artsy to use a bullet journal.  You can have chicken scratch writing and the artistic abilities of a 1st grader like me and still have a functional, fun bullet journal.  Or you can up your creativity game, get brave and try something new.

The main goal of a bullet journal is to have a flexible system in place for organizing and planning your life.  Like I said before, many pre-made planners just didn’t give me what I was looking for when planning out my months and weeks.  I wanted more space to write and didn’t need some of the features that came in my planners.  With a bullet journal, I can have the exact planner I want.

Bullet journaling is for anyone that wants to plan and organize their life and wants to do it on their own terms.  No longer do you have to fit inside a pre-made planner box, you are free to plan the way you want!  Can I get an “Amen!”?

The most freeing thing for me was to realize that you don’t have to be a certain type of person to bullet journal.  You can spend as much or as little time as you want on your journal each day.  For some, their journal is their creative outlet and they enjoy creating elaborate pages.  Others just like the functionality of a bullet journal and theirs are very simple.  I do a little bit of both, depending on my mood.  The beauty of bullet journaling is that it’s your journal and you can be yourself.

Daily spread for bullet journal

What do you need to start a bullet journal?

Now you might think all that sounds like fun, but the pictures of bullet journals you’ve seen on Pinterest and Instagram look pretty intense.  That can’t be cheap, right?

With the bullet journal, you can spend as little or as much on it as you’d like!  When I started my first journal, I pulled out an old lined notebook that I hadn’t used before and some pens I had lying around my house.  I knew that I have a tendency to start things and not see them through, so I wasn’t willing to spend money on a fancy journal or pens just to quit a few weeks in.

In fact, even after I realized that bullet journaling was going to stick around in my life, I made myself work to get the supplies I really wanted.  As one of my weight loss goals, I made myself lose 10 pounds before I could buy my Leuchtturm 1917 dotted notebook and a pack of Sharpie pens.  Still, several months later, those are the only real supplies I’ve purchased for my journal.  Every once in a while I will use colored pencils, but I already had those, so they weren’t an added expense.  Another must-have that you probably already have in your house is a ruler.  Unless you can draw a perfect straight line freehand.

I’m pretty basic in my bullet journaling, but others add in Washi tape, stickers, stamps, watercolors, fountain pens and other fancy pens to their journals.  I say if that’s the direction you want to go, go for it!  Like I’ve said before, this is YOUR journal, so do you!

Monthly habit tracker for a bullet journal.

What should you put in a bullet journal?

With a bullet journal, it’s a blank book so you decide what you want to put in it.  Many people start with calendars.  I never knew there were so many different ways to make a calendar until I started journaling!  You can have yearly calendars, monthly calendars, a weekly spread showing appointments and errands for the week and daily pages with tasks for each day.  Personally, I focus on a monthly calendar, a weekly spread and a daily spread.  I have a yearly calendar in the front of my journal and I really haven’t ever used it, but that’s just me.

In addition to my monthly, weekly and daily pages, each month I add in pages to track my habits, my exercise and triathlon training, my weight and measurements, prayer requests and gratitude.  Those are my monthly staples.  I’ve stuck with them for a few months, and for now, that’s what I like to plan and keep track of.  And since nothing is set in stone in a bullet journal, I could change it all next month if I wanted to without any hassle.

Another popular piece of the bullet journal are collections.  Collections are pages dedicated to whatever you want them to be.  You might have a list of movies you want to see, books you want to read, family birthdays you don’t want to forget, gift lists.  I could keep going, but really, just search “bullet journal collections” on Pinterest or Google and you’ll find plenty to keep you busy.

Personally, I’ve taken my time with collections since moving into my new journal.  I have a few collections dedicated to blogging and stats, a spread with our debt snowball and Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps, books I want to read, and my weight loss journey.  In my old journal I made a page to track my Couch to 5K training, which was fun.

Financial spread using Dave Ramsey's debt snowball and baby steps for a bullet journal

Where to find bullet journal resources

There are many places you can look for information and inspiration when it comes to bullet journaling.  When I first started out, I spent a lot of time on Pinterest and Instagram getting ideas.  I also found some bloggers that share fantastic ideas on their blogs.  I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite resources.

BulletJournal.com is the official headquarters of bullet journaling and where it all started.  Look here for Ryder Carroll’s “no frills” bullet journal ideas.

I found Kara from Boho Berry on Pinterest and she has some fantastic information about how to start a bullet journal and make it your own.  She was the inspiration behind much of my early journaling.

The Bullet Journal Junkies Facebook group was a big help, especially when I first started.  The group moves fast and I’ve since hidden it from my newsfeed, but it is a great resource full of helpful people and ideas for spreads.

Pinterest is the promised land for all things bullet journaling.  My suggestion is to search “bullet journal” and then choose “Boards” to find some of the best in the bullet journaling community.  You’ll never run out of ideas, that’s for sure!  You can also follow my Pinterest bullet journal board.  I’m always adding to it!

Instagram also has an active BuJo community.  Try searching the hashtags #bulletjournal #bujo #planwithmechallenge and #wearebujo just for starters.

So there you have my intro to bullet journaling!  What do you think?  Is this something you might like to try?  Are you already journaling?  I would love to hear what you’re doing and see your pictures!  Leave a comment or head over to my Facebook page and show me your journal!

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Weight Loss

December Health Check-In

Heath Check-In

It’s a new year full of hopes and goals and a clean slate and I’m excited about that!  2016 has come and gone.  I’m ready to make 2017 a year of actually achieving the goals I’ve set out to accomplish.  And getting healthy is a big part of those goals.

But before I can move forward into this new year, I guess it’s only fitting to look back at this past month and see how I did health-wise in December.  If you’ve missed any of my other health check-ins, you can read them here: October and November.

After a complete disaster of a month in November, I set my goals pretty low for December.  I mean, I already knew that Christmas and all the parties and family gatherings were going to happen, so I planned for them and planned to enjoy them.

In fact, I gave myself quite a bit of leeway in December, knowing that I would hit the ground running in January.  I slept in a bit (as much as Little Miss would allow), took the week of Christmas off from my triathlon training and didn’t beat myself up over what I ate.  It was nice, but by the end of the month I was more than ready to get back on the road to a healthier lifestyle!

So, let’s just have a little look at how things went in December and get ready to move on into January!

December 2016

Eating/Water

I aimed to be on plan (Trim Healthy Mama) at least one meal a day.  According to the habit tracker in my bullet journal, I had at least one meal on plan 12 times in December.  I can’t decide if that’s good or not.  The part of me that wanted nothing but powdered donuts, cookies and pizza all month is really pretty impressed with that number.

I did eat sweets (and a lot of them) at Christmas, but honestly, by the time our last family Christmas rolled around, I was sick of sugar and didn’t eat any dessert!  That is actually a really big deal for me, and I’m taking it as a good sign as we move into 2017.

My water intake was just so-so.  I wasn’t great about tracking how much water I drank, especially early in the month.  My goal is 90 ounces per day, and I probably only drank that much once or twice in December.

While my eating and water were not great in December they actually went better than I thought they would.  I had really low expectations after the disaster that was November, so I’m kind of pleased. I’ll give myself a C because I didn’t completely gorge myself during the holidays and I was on plan more than I thought I would be.

Exercise

Exercise actually went really well in December!  I have a set date for my triathlon, which has kept me focused on my training.  I built a couple of extra weeks into my training schedule because I knew that December would be hard.  Our trip to New York City early in the month put a kink in my workout plans and I took the week of Christmas off too, which ended up working out for the best because I got sick.

Other than those 2 “off” weeks, I consistently worked out 3-4 days each week and I’m proud that I didn’t let those off weeks completely derail my training.  I surprised myself be being anxious to get back to the gym the last week of the month.  If that’s not a Christmas miracle, I don’t know what is!

I think I’ll give myself a B for December.  Even though I anticipated having to take a couple of weeks off due to travel and Christmas, I still didn’t workout consistently the entire month.

Self-Care

Self-care didn’t get off the ground in December.  Like I mentioned before, I let myself sleep in a little, which was much-needed since we were out late quite a bit with family in town this month.  I don’t think I did a whole Miracle Morning all month, but that’s ok because I’ve got big plans for January.

I did get some “me” time last month while we were in NYC.  The Mister had a conference for work, so I took the mornings to sleep in and read while I waited for him to be done for the day.  I also went to the gym several times each week and I was able to do some Christmas shopping alone.  There was even an evening that I had the house to myself, but that’s because I was running a fever of 102 and The Mister and Little Miss went to church without me.  I’m not sure I’d call that “me” time, but I did get to catch up a couple of shows I hadn’t watched as I snuggled on the couch with my dog.

Self-care is getting a D for December.  The only reason I’m not giving myself an F is because I took some time to myself.

December Stats

I weigh and measure at the beginning and end of each month and keep track in my bullet journal.  Here are my stats for December:

Weight loss: -0.6 pounds

I’m actually pretty pleased that I managed to lose.  The month of December has never been good to my waistline, so I feel like coming out a little bit in the negative is a major win.

As far as measuring, I’m putting that on hold for a month because I realized that I was just measuring in random spots and that’s not going to give me accurate stats.  So for January I’ve chosen some “landmarks” in the form of freckles on my arms and legs so that my measurements stay accurate.

Looking Back at December Goals

Let’s take a look and see how I did with my December goals:

Eating

  • Be on plan (Trim Healthy Mama) as often as possible.  I know there will be parties and holidays and my goal is to not overdo it and stuff myself.  

I was on plan at least one meal 12 days in the month of December.  Honestly, that’s better than I thought I would do.  I did eat some holiday goodies and I did overdo it a little as well.

Exercise

  • Do my sprint triathlon training each week.  This will be tricky with a vacation and Christmas, but I’m going to do my best to move things around so I don’t have conflicts.

I took 2 weeks off due to being out of town and Christmas, but I was able to get creative.  We had family in town before Christmas and I still got all of my workouts in.

Self-Care

  • Get back in the Miracle Morning routine.  Even if I don’t do all 6 SAVERS, I still want to read and do yoga each morning.

I didn’t get back into the Miracle Morning routine- not even reading and doing yoga each morning.  I did manage to read several times during the month, but not always in the morning, which is still ok.

Goals for January

Alright, it’s time to get 2017 started on the right foot, so I’m going to set some big goals here.  Health is paramount for me this year, so no more playing around! We’ll see what I have to say for myself at the end of the month!  I’ve set 2 goals in each category for January.

Eating

  • Be on plan (Trim Healthy Mama) all month with one exception for cheating- The Mister’s birthday.  This is huge for me because I like to cheat, but that’s probably why I never stick to eating well.
  • Meal plan each week and add in at least one new recipe per week.  I am a creature of habit, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I need to broaden my food horizons.

Exercise

  • Do my sprint triathlon training each week.  I don’t have any extra weeks left in my training plan, so I have to get my workouts in.
  • Alternate yoga and ab workouts each morning.  They don’t have to be long (like 10 minutes, max), but they need to get done.

Self-Care

  • Get back on the Miracle Morning bus.  I feel so much better when I get my day started with purpose.  Each morning will consist of prayer, Bible reading, affirmations and visualization, and some form of exercise.  I plan to keep a better journal this year, but that probably won’t happen in the mornings.
  • Get out of the house by myself twice this month.  This does not include grocery shopping or going to the gym.

Well, 2016 was not the healthy year I intended it to be, but I have bigger goals for 2017 and I plan to achieve them!  What are your health goals for this year?

A mom's month by month update on her weight loss journey.

Fitness

Sprint Triathlon Training: Week 5

My original Week 5 training plan went out the window. It was Christmas week and I got sick and no working out happened. I was prepared for this, though (not the getting sick part- that hit me like a truck!) and gave myself a couple of “cushion” weeks in my original plan. But I’m out of cushion now, so there’s no down time for the next 9 weeks!

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you might want to read this post about how I’m training for a sprint triathlon. I’m using this training schedule to build up to the 1/2 mile swim, 12 mile bike ride and 5K run. You can also read about my previous weeks of training here:

Week 1      Week 2      Week 3      Week 4

Each Monday I’m going to give you a rundown of how the previous week of training went. I’ll tell you about each workout, what went well, what I need to change and what’s in store for the coming week.

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Tuesday

Usually I start my workouts on Mondays, but last Monday we still had one last Christmas and it was my youngest brother’s birthday too, so there was no time to get to the gym. I just pushed everything back and started my week on Tuesday. Flexibility in my schedule has been important with the holidays and having a toddler. Some days just don’t go as planned, and I’m learning to be ok with that and adapt.

Tuesday’s workout was on the treadmill. As I mentioned last time, I’ve decided to walk the 5K for this first sprint triathlon. Ultimately I would love to walk the whole 5K in under 45 minutes, but I’m not sure if that will happen. I tinkered with the speeds on the treadmill and to get to a 15 minute mile I’d have to walk at 4 mph. That doesn’t sound that fast unless you have short little legs like I do. I tried it for a few minutes and thought I was going to fall off backwards, so I slowed it down. Maybe I’ll work up to that pace.

I got to the gym and realized that I forgot my headphones. There was a moment of panic, but I was fortunate that the cardio cinema was playing New Year’s Eve, which I’d never seen, so I just went in there. It was a nice distraction, but it was also a little bit tricky since the whole room is dark. Overall it was a good workout and a great feeling to get back in the groove of training after a week off.

Final Stats

Time: 25 minutes
Speed: 3.4 mph
Distance: 1.42 miles

Friday

Once again, my week got crazy and I found myself waiting until the last possible moment to get to the gym to fit my swim and bike in. This week’s bike workout was 45 minutes and before I got to the gym I downloaded an ebook onto my phone. It is Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight by Peter Walsh. I had never heard of this book, but it caught my eye in the library app hoopla, so I downloaded it. He has some very interesting points about excess clutter in your home and excess weight on your body (of which I have both) and how they go hand in hand. I’m anxious to finish the book and it gave me a lot of distraction during my ride.

After I finished on the bike I headed down to the locker room to change for my swim and noticed a disturbing sign- the pool heater is broken. Swimming in a cold pool in the middle of winter didn’t sound all that appealing to me, so I decided to call it a day. I didn’t feel too bad about this decision though, since swimming seems to be going the best for me so far and I’ve already been able to swim the sprint triathlon distance during training.

Final Stats

Time: 45 minutes
Resistance: 8
Distance: 7.62 miles

Saturday

Oh, Saturday, how I both love and hate you. This Saturday was a little bit easier though, since I assumed they hadn’t gotten the pool heater fixed overnight, I opted not to even take my swim gear with me to the gym.

Once again, accompanied by Peter Walsh’s Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight, I walked 30 minutes on the treadmill and biked 35 minutes. Good golly, my legs were tired after that! It’s probably a good thing I didn’t swim because someone would have had to carry me out of the gym!

Final Stats

Walk-
Time: 30 minutes
Speed: 3.4 mph
Distance: 1.68 miles

Bike-
Time: 35 minutes
Resistance: 8
Distance: 6 miles

Final Thoughts

The pool heater being broken really threw a curveball I wasn’t expecting and I hope deciding not to swim doesn’t come back to haunt me down the road. Surely they will have things fixed quickly and I can get back to my regular workouts. Or maybe I’ll just have to freeze in a pool in January.

This week was a little rough, both with scheduling and getting back into the swing of training after a week’s break. I’m looking forward to next week and the challenges that training will bring!

Journal of an out of shape mom training for a sprint triathlon.

Fitness

Sprint Triathlon Training: Week 4

A mom's journey from overweight to triathlete.

Another week of sprint triathlon training is in the books!  Week 4 had quite a few challenges, but I’m pleased to announce that I completed all of my workouts!

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you might want to read this post about how I’m training for a sprint triathlon.  I’m using this training schedule to build up to the 1/2 mile swim, 12 mile bike ride and 5K run.  You can also read about my previous weeks of training here:

Week 1      Week 2       Week 3

Each Monday I’m going to give you a rundown of how the previous week of training went.  I’ll tell you about each workout, what went well, what I need to change and what’s in store for the coming week.

Week 4 of Sprint Triathlon Training

Tuesday

Typically my workouts are supposed to start on Monday and I complete a run, bike or swim each day Monday through Wednesday.  I had to adapt this past week because the holiday madness has begun and we had family in town and various activities going throughout the week.  So cycling didn’t happen on Monday, but I did get it done Tuesday.

This week’s cycling workout was a 45 minute session.  I spent my workout playing on Pinterest and it made my workout go quickly.  I will say that distracting myself is both good and bad- I’m not thinking about how much longer I have to go or how badly my legs are burning, but I’m also not pedaling as quickly as I was in the beginning.  At this point, I think I’m ok with that.

Like last week, the first 10-15 minutes were the hardest, but once I pushed through those it felt a little bit easier.  I just try to picture all of the fat in my thighs crying and that makes me want to finish.  My legs are getting stronger, which is really nice to notice!

Final Stats

Time: 45 minutes

Resistance level: 8

Distance: 7.23 miles

Thursday

Again, this week was a hot mess when it came to finding time to get my workouts in, but I was determined, so instead of just skipping a day or two of training, I doubled up.  Thursday I did the treadmill and the pool.  It made for a longer workout than intended, but I got it done.

I want so badly to run, but I’m also having to be realistic and take care of myself.  During my workout on the treadmill I warmed up at a 3.0-3.7 gradually and then I bumped it up to a 5 to run.  I was able to run for a little over 2 minutes before my left knee started hurting.  I’m not sure what the deal was with that, but I twisted that knee skiing several years ago and it’s given me trouble on occasion ever since. My heart rate was also getting a little bit too high for my liking, so I opted to walk the rest of my time on the treadmill.

As much as I don’t want to, and the rule-follower part of me is screaming, “But you’re supposed to RUN in a sprint triathlon!” it’s looking like I’m just going to have to walk fast during the running portion of my race, at least for now.  I don’t want to hurt myself, so I’m just going to do the best I can this time around.

After my walk, I went down the the pool and swam for 35 minutes.  I sure love being in the pool once I get over the hassle of wrestling my rolls into a swimsuit and getting over the shock of the chilly water.  (Swimming in the winter presents so many more issues than I was prepared for!)  I love being able to just glide through the water and enjoy the rhythm of swim strokes and breathing.  It’s usually quiet in the pool, unless there are old men talking in the hot tub, and I enjoy that little break from all the noise of the world and my mind.

I decided to bring the breaststroke kicks back into my swim workout this week.  My workout consisted of a 5 sets of 200 meters (50 meters freestyle, 50 meters freestyle kick, 50 meters breaststroke and 50 meters breaststroke kick).  I was so excited to see that in my 35 minutes of swimming, AND including several laps with a kick board, I was able to eclipse the 750 meter mark, which is the distance of the swim in a sprint triathlon!  Now I just have to get stronger in my breathing and freestyle stroke and I’m all set!

Final Stats

Walk-

Time: 25 minutes

Speed: 3.7 mph (and 2 minutes of 5 mph)

Distance: 1.50 miles

Swim-

Time: 35 minutes

Distance: 1000 meters

Strokes: Freestyle (200 meters), Freestyle Kick (200 meters), Breaststroke (200 meters), Breaststroke Kick (200 meters)

Friday

Now I know why this particular sprint triathlon training program has you train in the individual events for three days straight, then gives you two days off before doing all three events in one workout session.  I did two events back to back on Thursday evening and then turned around and did all 3 events on Friday morning, and boy, was I tired!  But I lived through it and was really proud of myself for finishing.

There isn’t really anything groundbreaking about this workout to report.  I walked quickly, which was still a good workout. Instead of Pinterest this time, I read an eBook while I biked and then I finished with my swim.

Final Stats

Walk-

Time: 25 minutes

Speed: 3.7 mph

Distance: 1.43 miles

Bike-

Time: 35 minutes

Resistance: 8

Distance: 6.1 miles

Swim-

Time: 25 minutes

Distance: 700 meters

Strokes: Freestyle (200 meters), Freestyle Kick (200 meters), Breaststroke (150 meters), Breaststroke Kick (150 meters)

Final Thoughts

I think the thing I’m the most proud of this week is that I actually got all of my workouts in.  The weeks leading up to Christmas are always busy with parties, family in town, shopping and squeezing in all of those family traditions and it’s so easy to just skip working out.  I am proud that I made myself and my health a priority and got it done.  In doing that, I did have to meet up with family a bit later than planned, but they were supportive and encouraging instead of angry that I was late, which I really appreciated.

Another breakthrough I had this week was allowing myself to work at my own pace.  I had to come to grips with the fact that I am going to walk the running portion of my triathlon and that was hard for me.  I don’t want to give myself the easy way out, but I also don’t want to get hurt and not be able to train at all.

Although I’m training for a sprint triathlon, this whole thing is a marathon, not a sprint.  I don’t have to be an all-star athlete out of the gates- it’s going to take work and dedication.  I have every intention of doing 3-4 sprint triathlons each year and competing against myself and my times.  As I get in better shape maybe I’ll be able to add running back into my training.

Now, let’s see how week 5 (week 4 on the training schedule) shakes out with even more holiday shenanigans in store!

Sprint Triathlon Training: Week 4 | A mom's journey to complete an indoor sprint triathlon.