June has been yuck.
My office was getting remodeled so I had to work from home a lot in the beginning of the month. Plus it was the end of school for both boys, their first week at summer camp, schedules being different, Hayden has track & field on T/Th and both boys have t-ball M/W. A busy schedule plus the Minnesota summer humidity has made me super lazy and not motivated.
I was home with Declan a few days by myself at the beginning of the month and I took a few vacation days to be home with the boys to celebrate summer break. This essentially meant I could not find ANY time to work out. Props to those stay at home mama’s with young kiddos that figure out how to fit it all in! I’m also feeling burnt out, lethargic, and lazy. I think it’s the hot weather and just wanting to be at the pool everyday!
I wish I was the kind of person who could workout consistently without having a goal. I mean, why do I need to pay upwards of $100 for an event just to get my lazy ass to run a couple times a week? Why do I need to sign up for something just to train and work towards a PR? Or even keep my body healthy and in the best shape I can? I’m not sure, but I can tell you with nothing on the near horizon, June was a month filled with laziness, eating out, excuses, and a lot of guilt.
So, after realizing I need something to motivate me, I signed up for the Minneapolis Triathlon. It’s in 17 days. Is the fitness I’ve worked hard for since January still there? Are all the miles still in my legs? What about my endurance?
Anyone who knows me knows that I could care less about my time, and all about having fun and enjoying myself every step along the way. Each person is different, and if you are one that cares about your time and getting faster, then thats GREAT! Whatever motivates you and gives you the inspiration to get off your couch and get out there! But for me, the time is just a number and a silly way to compare yourself to others which doesn’t mean anything. It’s all about racing your own race!
That being said, I do like to compete with myself a little bit. I did the Minneapolis Triathlon last year, but the International Distance. This year I signed up for the sprint, considering that I haven’t really been specifically tri training. Here are my times/paces for the Minneapolis International distance, and the Maple Grove Sprint Distance. Wouldn’t it be great if I raced a little faster this year?
2016 International Distance: (Super hot & humid)
Swim 2:19/100 m
Bike 13:23 mph
2016 Sprint Distance: (Cold, rainy & hail)
Bike 14.27 mph
My only goal/hope is that while racing this year, I feel stronger. Thats really my main goal for anything right now. If my time is slower, but I feel stronger, then I will be happy!
So, here’s to turning this lazy attitude around and getting ready to race in 17 days!