I guess here it is – this is me writing my first post. Ta-da.
So I finally did what I’ve been wanting to do forever: I signed up for my first triathlon. I decided to blog about my training, as well as how it fits into my crazy life, since sometimes getting it all out on paper – well, computer screen – is the best way to release all the stress that goes along with taking on One More Thing, the thing that might put you over the edge of sanity.
In short, to make my first post not uber-long so that nobody wants to read this far, this is me in bullets:
– Working mom of three wonderful little kids (7, 3.5, and 1)
– I have a busy job in the performing arts that often entails weekends, evenings, and travel. Meaning LOTS of international travel in the past year.
– I’ve run two marathons, several half marathons, and various other races (10 miler, an adventure race, this, that, etc. etc.) but somehow have to squeeze in training for these things into early mornings or late nights. [I’m writing this after a 9:30pm workout in my basement!]
– I’ve also done other crazy adventurous things – I like a challenge! Bungee jumped off the highest gondola jump in the world (we were told at the time), climbed a volcano in Guatemala (this was the hardest thing I’ve ever done), biked the MS150 from Pittsburgh to Lake Erie (I didn’t really train for that, ouch!), and one adventure race (off-road tri type of thing).
– Meanwhile, I am always trying to lose weight with tracking calories, exercising, and general health and well being.
– But I love wine and chocolate. And sometimes I have to just let myself not be perfect. Because I’m not.
I’ve had a long term goal – long term as in since before kids, so maybe not as long term as some people consider LONG term – to do a triathlon by the time I turn 40. Well, with that milestone approaching in a few months I realized I had to revise that to WHEN I’M 40, and signed up for my first Tri on September 8 – IronGirl Rocky Gap in Maryland.
First I have to get through my half marathon on April 28 – the Nike Women’s Half. Then I can focus on the Tri training.
But how, when I am up with kids in the night (like last night), working concerts in the evening, and dealing with everything in my life? I get the reaction “You signed up for what?!” from people a lot. They say – how do you have time??? The answer is that I have to, I need to – it’s what keeps me sane and able to handle my busy, crazy, fun life.
Disclaimer: I don’t have the hang of the formatting and nuances of the blog but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it as I go along. Check back with me in a month and this thing will be much more stylin.