I know I haven’t done a training update for awhile, but I am still hard at work trying to make my dream of completing the Ironman come true.
However, that doesn’t mean it has been easy. I will be honest: there were days I didn’t train, days I ate like CRAP and days where I was like WTF am I doing? However, all of that has motivated me to do even better with my training. One day of eating junk food does not mean I am a failure, it means I am human. Maybe I didn’t go to the gym for a couple of days, but I was able to stay active at work by doing extra laps around the store. (plus, lifting things in retail is the best workout EVER!) The fear of wondering what I got myself into? It would be much worse if I just gave up and spent my life wondering what could have been.
There are people who would regret missing a training session or eating a slice of pizza instead of a well balanced meal. I look at it differently: that skipped training session most likely means I was at work supporting myself to make ends meet. That pizza I ate was made special by my boss. (Stuffed crust sausage and pepperoni…YUM!!) Some people will call these excuses, but to me, it is real life. Sometimes things happen. The important thing is to not beat myself up over it, but instead try and improve tomorrow.
Apolo Anton Ohno, my hero and inspiration for doing the Ironman, always says to have zero regrets and to be greater than yesterday. It is a lesson I often forget, but one I am trying to incorporate into my life and my training. I will strive to be better tomorrow than I was today and have no regrets for what decision I made.
That being said, my goals this week are to increase my running to 6.5 miles, add more strength training in and improve my diet. Due to transportation circumstances, getting to the gym for my swimming and biking might be a challenge, but I will do my very best to get there. If not, I will focus on my other goals and set those ones for the coming weeks.
Life will constantly throw me curveballs when it comes to my training, but it is up to me on how I handle it. I can either throw in the towel or I can use it as a lesson, change my plans and move on. Defeat and quitting are two words not in my vocabulary, so my plan is to roll with the punches and be the best I can be. I WILL BE AN IRONMAN!Football In High Heels on Social Media