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Joining the Y? Still Debating, But Think I’m Going to Do It

Posted Jun 12 2009 4:27pm

So I have been absent lately.

Let’s blame that on summer.

You see, now I have two kids 5 and under at home, underfoot, fighting and screeching.

I have my business that I’m trying to stay on top of.

I have no or limited nap time each day.

And I have no personal time, since I’m waking at 5 just to get my workouts in before the kids wake up - and since they get up by 6:30 or so most days, that’s been pretty hectic!

Hence, my decision to join the Y.

I drove there yesterday and parked outside. Almost went in. Had my clothes, too, and a class I wanted to take. Had two kids int he backseat saying Do it! We want to play here!

But I turned around.

What are my issues?

  1. The cost. Yes, $65 is not exorbiant, but right now work is slow as is the economy, so every penny saved helps.
  2. The schedule. I find mos tof the classes I want to take conflict with my already running schedule. And it is tough to be flexible when you have two little kids.
  3. However, issue three is this: I could run on the treadmill at any time of the day if I joined the Y but I hate treadmill running! I dread the idea of it, even. So, do I go ahead and join and just learn to love it, do I vary up my days on and off the dreadmill, or do I stick with what I am doing?

The answer is not the last one, stick with what I am doing. I’m tired. I need to sleep in past 5 some mornings. Right now I get up 5 days a week at 5 AM to work out, and by the time the kids wake up at 7 or so I am ready to go back to bed!

The Y has advantages. They have a great kids club, they have some kid activities in the early evening that my oldest could attend, and they have two pools. When it turns colder here, I’d be able to continue my swimming workouts, which I love.

So, I’m going to do it. Yes, yes, yes I am! Today. Right now. Really, I’m getting up as we speak.

Then I’ll report back and let you know for sure :0)

In other news, running is going well. I’m still doing two 5 milers a week, one 5 miler and a longer run of about 10-12. However, I am going to drop back on Fridays, esp. if I join the Y, and do a shorter run of about 4 and work on speed because my times are suffering right now.

My knee is hurting after each bike ride. The bike I”m riding feels fitted, but maybe not? I don’t know if it is just the turning motion of the pedaling or if it is the bike or what. I need to continue to roll it out. I’m up to 10.5 miles on the bike and would love to get up a little higher so I could do some fun beach bike rides when the girls go back to school. That will be in January, but by then I should be at 20 miles.

And that is it! My first tri is still scheduled for September, my next marathon I hope in November, and until then I am plugging along, possibly, no really going to, join the Y!

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