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Swim, Rachel Swim

Posted Sep 05 2008 7:25am
By Rachel Levi
This is not Rachel. But could be!

Hello, again, to all you Well Moms! It's Rachel, just checking in to let everyone know how things are going with my training for the triathlon. Big News! There has been a breakthrough. You ask yourself, "Did she run a 7 minute mile for 13 miles?" No.
"Did she swim the 86 laps needed to complete the tri (without drowning)? No.
"Did she bike like Lance Armstrong? Oh, goodness No.

What was the breakthrough? Gabriella (my 18 month old) did not cry the WHOLE time at the daycare at 24-Hour Fitness! Amazing! She finally figured out that I will always come back! It took a while and it was very stressful to me. But, no more!

I have been keeping a log about my training. Looking back over the last month is both encouraging and discouraging at the same time. On the down side:

Swimming. I’m not sure if I told you last time, but I live in Littleton, Colorado. So, right now my scheduled swim time is Wednesday nights. The first several swim nights it was around 15 degrees outside and snowing. It is beyond hard to get motivated to get anywhere near a pool (even indoors) when it is that cold. One bonus I have is to warm up in the hot tub after my swim. One night the hot tub was closed for cleaning. That was a cruel poke in the eye.

Biking. I have not been on my bike as much as I had planned. At first, waking up at 6am to bike on my trainer down in the basement was hard for me to do consistently. Now, Gabriella, who used to wake up at 7:30am, wakes up around 6:30am. So, either I need to get up a 5:30am (NOT) or reschedule my bike time.

Running. Treadmill running is okay. I can watch TV. Usually I catch up with Meredith, Matt, Al and Ann, instead of Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po. But, I sometimes find myself right next to either the girl on the cell phone telling her friend all about her big date the night before or the olfactory offensive man . . . you know, really sweaty!

On the good side:
Swimming. It doesn't feel like I am wrestling alligators anymore. It's not as much of a struggle to connect my laps.

Biking. As I stated, I live in Littleton, and we are lucky enough to get beautiful warm days along with our cold winter days. So, I found myself out on the open road with my brand-new bike. Did I mention it was pink?! So, my pink bike and I logged about 40 miles this month. Not much, but a good start!

Running. I have been able to get my 5K (3.2 miles) to just less than a nine minute mile. Okay, for now. I need to work on longer runs.

Weight Training is going just fine except for callouses. It's good thing I finally found my workout gloves.

Well, that's how things are with me. This next month will find me pushing harder in all disciplines. I will also need to start some brick training; which is doing two workouts back to back (like swimming and running; or biking and running).

Hope you are getting out and doing something active for yourself. It not only makes you feel better, it will make you live longer. Go for it -- I feel great!

**When Rachel isn't training or caring for her family, she runs a home business
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