Thursday, July 14, 2011

Day 1

The pain isn't radiating quite so much this time. The muscles above my knees are hurting, but 36 hours after spin class I can walk and even climb stairs without wanting to cry. Our Saturday flirtation with the class nearly three weeks ago was both uplifting and destructive at the same time. It took me 8 full days to recover.

I've flirted with regular workout routines for the past 7 months, but I just wasn't prepared for balancing on tiny pedals and pumping my legs for an hour. The pain will come, but apparently not so crippling as before. And regardless it's the right direction.

Kacey and I decided to do a sprint triathlon. August 2012 in Luray is the end of this painful goal. My friend Joe has done it before and has been very encouraging. We've met people from all over the state who mention how beautiful and exciting a sprint it is, and also how difficult. Wait, what?

So here's how it breaks down: A 750 meter lake swim (that's British for about a half mile, mate), a 16.5 mile hill hugging bike ride, and finally a 5k. The bike ride should be manageable for me by then. I plan lots of spin classes and weekend outdoor rides. I'll start training on actual hills soon. But my foot has been flambee'd recently with Plantar Fasciitis, and my ankle injury from April derailed my wogging adventures.

Also, I can't swim.

So that's why I've decided to write. My struggles with consistency both working out and eating, displayed for all 3 readers I'm sure to get, will hopefully be motivation for myself and all three of you (hi Mom, Kacey and whichever one of our cats learns to type first).

My current plan is to start simple:

1. Eat an actual breakfast every morning. Today it's vanilla almond milk and organic cereal. Tomorrow it will likely be something like vanilla almond milk and organic cereal. I swear I'll mix it up soon.

2. Do something every single day. It doesn't matter what at this point, but the minimum is a 30 minute walk. Lifting counts, walking counts, spin class or swimming. Pretty much anything that involves at least half an hour of exercise, 7 days a week, is OK. I most look forward to fall Ultimate with my friends. But instead of trying to remember what to do when, I have a simple goal to keep in mind: DTDT. It doesn't matter what or when, as long as it's 30 minutes or more every single day, just Do The Damn Thing.

3. Blog at least thrice weekly. That may also be British, so hopefully James will read this and correct me. Maybe this will help me with eating, hopefully it will help me with working out. Either way, let's start writing, shall we?

4. Have fun. If it's not fun, it won't last. So have fun. Use the energy, use the hate, use the sloth against yourself. That's my plan. But do it, uh, funly.

5. Figure out a word that means funly. Then I won't sound stupid on the interwebs.

6. Learn how to really swim this time. I'll likely start with adult classes at JMU in September.

So thanks for reading this. Please feel free to comment and keep me in line. Anyone interested in challenges let me know!


  1. Yay, I found you! I deal with plantar fasciitis. it's not hurting now but I have to be really careful with adding miles too fast too soon. A trick I learned was to fill a water bottle or gatorade bottle with water and freeze it (don't fill it all the way). Then roll your foot over it to ice your foot. I do this all the time in running season.

    I'm so glad to see you're doing all this! :-)

  2. Go to Sharp Shopper in the freezer section. They have these great smoothie mixes. Add some milk, blend, and drink. They make a great breakfast. I also add some protein powder to mine because protein keeps you full longer.
    And I hear that having a "mobile" office that moves every couple weeks is great for your exercise regimen. ;)

  3. Sounds wonderful — I can guarantee that at least a third of your readership will enjoy following along with you on your journey! May I share a suggestion that helped me get started? Put it in your calendar as an appointment each day — you know, right where you put feed the cat.

  4. I flippin' LOVE you. I mean, I just LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU.

    Here's to inspiring each other!
    Cheers, mate.

  5. Way to go! I think it's awesome that you're doing a tri! It's a shame we don't live closer. I'm a pro swimmer (ok, not pro; but pretty darn good in a swim-team-my-whole-life kinda way). Maybe once I get the hang of this running thing, we can do a tri together!! And then, maybe we can all get Brian to do one! Seriously, mad props. This will jump to super mad props once I see a comment from your cat.

  6. Thanks all!

    Michelle - that's a great idea. I'm gonna try that this weekend.

    Rabia - is it frozen fruit bags, or are they already smoothie'd?

    Mom - I do need to do that. Maybe I can come up with different stuff to do, force myself to branch out.

    Honey - I love you too! We're gonna rock this thing.

    Kelly - You never know what those crazy cats are gonna do. I'm doing the 8K in Richmond in November. Want to join? Kacey is doing the half!

  7. Excellent use of the word of thrice. S*** Americans say blog entry one - why do all Americans think we measure distance in Kilometers? Miles people, miles!