…Until my first tri of the season!!! Ok, ok…that is an exaggeration since I am only the swimmer. But, I am so excited to have the tri-season begin. While this year is completely run focused for me, I do have two full tri’s and a few relay’s on the schedule. And more than just the racing, once tri season begins I see all my teammates a lot more 🙂 Because of my work schedule, I don’t get to train with them much anymore and I have been missing them like crazy!!!!
I have been working really hard on my swimming these past few weeks because I am back with a vengance against this swim! Last year I also did the swim portion of the relay for this tri and it was a small distaster. It was freezing, raining and I threw up in the water. Yeah, that wasn’t so much fun! My time was downright embarassing and I was not happy with the performance. This year though…I got this! Black Bear beware 🙂
In addition to swimming, my spring training in general has been going really well. I am slowly (very slowly) building up my run mileage. I am rolling, icing, stretching, repeating my way through recovering from each run. So far, so good. I have been using the Elliptical more and more (and I am actually, dare I say, starting to like it?!?!) and I think that it really helping me with my running. Other than pilates when I get the chance, the Elliptical is my sole cross-training outside of swimming and biking. Which I suppose adds up to a lot of cross-training when I think about it!
I am both impressed with and proud of myself for sticking to my workout schedule as well as I have while holding down two jobs and making time for family, friends and R2. I have been steadily getting to the gym (or running outside 🙂 ) 4-5 days a week. My preference would be to work out 5 days a week, every week. Sometimes though, two-a-days are necessary to free up the time during the rest of the week. In fact, next week, I have three two-a-days planned! Crazy girl? Yes, yes I am! But the hard work and serious dedication is paying off in a major way. Not only do I feel great physically but I look great too. I don’t think, in my life, I have ever looked at myself and felt like I looked this good. It almost feels concieted to say such a thing. But I am really just proud of myself. I still have flaws (and I point them out to myself often) but for once, I actually feel like I am ready for bathing suit season!
This next month is going to be crazy busy (ok, what month hasn’t been??)! I have quite a bit planned in May, including the wedding of a good friend of mine and a long weekend trip to Lancaster for R2’s birthday. On top of birthday parties, graduations, a few 5K’s and Memorial Day festivities, I have a feeling May is going to fly by!