It has been a while…..

19 Sep

The prodigal blogger is returning.   This week I actually debated giving up the blog – it was a brief debate, with not much banter, just me muttering to myself about not having any time…  And the winner was………building suspense……..the blog.  Actually, the real winner is myself.   The blog is me being accountable so I must come back into the fold [inserting myself into fold here].          

So what happened last week that derailed me? 

Last week started out well – ran 8 miles last Sunday (see the last blog post) and lost a pound.    I think my first mistake was not posting a workout schedule.    This left me “open” – free to create (or not create) my schedule.  I ended up working out only 3 times this week.   However, what killed 2 workouts for me was my husband and the painful process of buying a new car.    I was getting phonecalls at work – “we need to go to XXXX dealership to see blah, blah”  and “come during your lunch hour to test drive XYZ”.       Purchasing a new car, ultimately a mini-van, was horribly stressful.   I won’t bore you with all of the details here – but I am the now the owner of:

 I am now an offical, card-carrying soccer mom.   Seriously.

The other big perk to buying an mini-van, beyond the status and space, is that I am able to cart my bike around easily.  So hopefully this will translate into group bike rides which I desperately need.    One of the other issues hurting my workouts is simply the sun is going down so darn early.      Moving on to other topics I need to share with you….

I am slightly freaking out about Miami Man and annoyed.    Last night I visited their website to get a better feel for last year’s race times to see what I should be shooting for (intimidating website – visit).  In the process I checked out other Athena women (I thought we could virtually bond over chaffing and jiggling).   Now, for those of you who don’t know,  Athena and Clydesdales (fun names…) are the classes for “big” people.   Big is simply defined in tri world for woman as 150 and above – so you could be 6 feet tall and 150 pounds and you are still Athena (I feel like I need to pound my chest when I say ATHENA).    Most women (from what I understand) who are not “big” – even if they are above 150 pick their age class.    So when I clicked on the pictures of the Athena women I stupidly expected to see larger women like me.  Ah, no….. Yes, they weren’t stick thin – yet only about 2-3 were overweight.     

What have I done?   I am going to stick out like a red wine on a wedding dress.   Not pretty and obviously not fitting in…

Yet – I am not totally freaking out about this still.  For some reason (despite my weight, slow times, and not having done a tri in a year) I somehow think it will be ok and I will come out with ok times.    I really don’t quite get where this optimism is coming from.  And I am so absurdly optimistic I am signing up for the NYC Nautica Triathlon in November (actually I am signing up for the lottery – God will decide that one for me).      My husband just shakes his head at me and asks “Are you having fun?”   I pause and think, “Am I?”  

Why yes, I AM HAVING FUN!   

And actually one big reason why I have been in a little of a funk this week is because I couldn’t work out.  

Today, as if I needed more proof that I would be the ultimate outlier in this triathlon of the TPs (thin and pretties) was purchasing a wetsuit and trisuit today.   God help you if you weigh more than 150.  To illustrate, if you weight more than 185 you can’t get a women’s wet suit (you have to order a men’s size).    My wetsuit (an XL of course) will be very very snug (if it fits at all).   Tri suits were also horrendous – most brands didn’t even make a size for me.   I found an XL or XXL on the Danskin website.      

My apologies for checking out – lets hope this is the last round of me neglecting blogging and myself.   Frankly, I also missed you all.    And thought of many of you this week.    So, here’s to a great week of training and life!

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5 Responses to “It has been a while…..”

  1. Stephanie September 20, 2010 at 5:45 am #

    I feel you on the Athena stuff! I am hoping to get in the water for my Athena swim start & not see a bunch of skinny looking athletic girls. I just bought a wetsuit too, I went with an Orca. I am 20# over the weight for it, but it fi fine. A little snug, but I figure I can’t stay this chubby forever. My tri is next weekend, good luck with signing up for yours in november!

  2. TheHealthyApron September 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    Keep up the optimism! There is no such thing as being a certain size in order to meet your training goals! Do what is best for you and heck, if you are having fun…that’s all that matters anyway right?

  3. mostlyfitmom September 21, 2010 at 10:38 pm #

    I totally hear you on the workout gear/clothing issue. What, once you reach a certain size you don’t exercise? Bah.

    Anyhoo, glad to hear you’re having fun. 3 workouts is pretty darn good for a busy week like you had. And congrats on the new vehicle! We are resisting a mini-van, but sometimes the space would indeed be handy.

  4. Michelle @ Chasing Ambulances September 30, 2010 at 10:27 am #

    I’ve done the comparison thing at some races – thinking in my head that I don’t fit in – don’t look as athletic as some of the other racers. But if you are at the starting line of a triathlon – you DO fit in! At the starting line I’ll bet no one, not even you, is going to be worrying about their thighs 😉 And I think getting to the start line takes major cajones. Cheers to that.

  5. mostlyfitmom November 7, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    Just sayin’ “hi.” Hope your training has been going well. Assuming you’ve been too busy to blog – priorities, right? If you have a chance, stop by and post a comment and let me know how things are going!

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