I had never managed to run further than 400 meters in one go and could only manage 100 meters up until recently. Similarly, 400 meters swimming had been my best, so I made huge advances this week and went from saying “no way could I,” to “I can' do the triathlon.”
In my build, up this week I managed to swim 800 meters, on two separate days. I swallowed water, a few times and felt light headed and ill after the sessions, and yesterday I was ill after the exercise effort. That feeling, lasted until late at night making me miss my evening walk/run. So, on the one hand, I was thinking, ‘I would get more exercise if I did not push myself that hard,' and on the other hand, I’m thinking ‘if I keep doing this, it will get easier.' It isn’t meant to be easy to reclaim a fit slim body from a neglected starting point, If want my goal weight and fitness, I have to work for it.’
Last week for the first time in my life, I ran 5 kilometers and did this twice. The first time with lots of breaks the second time continuously. That was a few days ago, feet still tender but OK. I ran it in 55 minutes, yes that is slow but, it was still running and as fast as I can run and be able to get enough oxygen to keep going.
Today having decided I could and would do the triathlon today, I decided on an 800-meter swim, a hike to the top of a big hill to flat land, the five km run then the hike back down, as my tri course. With the hill hike split in two around the run, unusual but then I need to work around what nature provides me with where I am and where I can position my husband, so I can watch him, as I exercise, as I am a dementia carer, even while attempting a triathlon.
I was tempted to claim that, the carer duties, as my third leg of the triathlon.
Last night there was a hint of smoke in the air, and the nights are colder now. I head north every year to try to escape from exactly that, smoke pollution from wood fires that leave me (and lots of others with lung disease), congested. So although I was well this morning, I had minor congestion, so it wasn't going to be as easy getting enough oxygen to work out aerobically, but I had decided I was going to do this and do it on the planned date, today.
So today was here, smash it up Saturday and the day to complete the triathlon for the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation program I am loving doing. I tried for the triathlon but pulled up earlier than I had in my build up training through the week. I felt tired even on the first lap, took in water and was swimming sideways again and getting severely short of breath after only three laps. I pulled up light headed and feeling sick and did stretches after only fifteen laps of the pool.
I quit sooner today than any day this week, but I had exerted as far as I could go.
So I did not complete the triathlon but I can at least know I attempted it and I'm proud of that. I WILL exercise again later today; a long beach walk in the evening with some jogging. BTW, my body is building muscle, and the scales are showing results so YES, it is worth it.
I had a total mind change around this week, in my attitude and went from believing 'I could not now or ever, complete a triathlon' to believing 'I could' and setting out to do it, so that was a WIN for me.
When waking up in the morning and reach out my arms I am still not used to seeing then so slim, and I touch them, and I’m not used to the feeling of hard muscle. When I shower each day and bend to dry my lower legs, lol, I do not know yet, those firm muscular body parts I dry.
The scales still move slowly for me just as my body runs and swims slow, but I am seeing and feeling fantastic results. So I am thrilled with my triathlon result of 15 laps of a pool in 15 minutes, and 10 minutes stretch and cool down session. I know I did the best I could do on the day. I achieved a lot of mind and body transformation, this week that I take on with me for life.
Thank you, Michelle Bridges and the entire team and members for the excellent program, motivation, and support in this 12-week body transformation program.
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