“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
Sadly, I am almost finished with the last of my training sessions. :’-( As it worked out, they wrap up just in time for the Bimbler’s Bluff 50K. I think I can safely say that I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in, and I’m hoping that will be enough to carry me through what I know will be a grueling run. As an added incentive to hang in there, I have asked the women I am fundraising for to write some notes of encouragement that I can carry with me and read when I’m exhausted and want nothing more than to quit. More than just having the letters to read, it will mean beyond I can even express in words to have them with me through the day. It’s a tangible reminder to why I will be there. Plus, I also feel like it’s a great symbolic gesture to carry them (the women, not the notes) with me on that day to overcome the challenge together. After all, our strength is drawn from our sense of community. In reality, I think it might be the thrivers who will truly being carrying me through the day and not the other way around…
Despite all the initial drama with my trainer, I have to admit that he has kind of grown on me… sort of like a little brother who annoys the hell out of you but you love him anyway... Once we had a chance to hash things out, we were able to build a pretty solid partnership; and I am truly bummed to see it end. As much as I would love to continue training even on a once weekly basis, between the amount of time I’ll be spending on triathlon training and the need to cut back on expenses, I just don’t think it will be feasible the next few months. I suppose I will have to resort to kicking my own butt for awhile. At least it’s something we all know I have experience with. Plus with all the swimming, biking, and running that is about to commence, I am hoping I won’t lose too much ground in the conditioning department. Besides, I always have Insanity and P90X to fall back on for cross training… and my trusty pull-up bar.
The positive part about my training ending is I now have the time and funds (well not really, but I’ll make it work) to start swimming. Up until this point I have only known how to swim to avoid drowning, so I definitely have A LOT to learn… Possibly even more than with cycling. Maybe I should be more scared… Better yet, maybe the swim instructors should be!
However, I am determined and committed. (I would like to cite the fact that I found a swim suit, goggles, and swim cap all in the off season today as proof!) I have been trying to find an affordable place to swim with a flexible pool schedule for quite some time now, and let me tell you it has been no easy task! Ultimately, we decided that the Greater Waterbury YMCA will be my new home- for at least the next 8 months anyway.
I picked the Greater Waterbury YMCA over our local one because they have two pools instead of one and a way more flexible lap swim schedule. In fact, I don’t think there are any hours that they don’t allow lap swimming during the day. They also have off street parking AND for some reason the membership was cheaper… which makes no sense because it’s all the same organization. Anyway, now that we joined, we can go to either one so I guess it doesn’t really matter. Adam had pushed for the YMCA over the other pools I looked at because they offer spin classes (in addition to a multitude of other classes which I’m kind of excited to try out… if I ever have spare time between all my other athletic endeavors). They also just did a 10 million renovation so the facility itself is really nice, nicer than our current gym actually and with more equipment including bikes!
As sad as I am to close the chapter on my personal training, I am equally excited about taking the next step in my journey to becoming an ironman (or at least half of one)! I already signed up for swimming lessons and am hoping to take my first one tomorrow after work. I am happy that my new home is filled with friendly, helpful staff, AND that they have a triathlon club which starts up this winter. I am really looking forward to taking on this next challenge and making another step in the direction of my goal… I just hope I don’t drown in the process