June 21, 2010

Creating an Athlete

"Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." --George Bernard Shaw

As a newly turned 40-year-old, I have been thinking about how I need to find myself. After reading this quote this past weekend, I realize that instead I need to create myself and the life I want!

I mentioned in a post a few days ago that I am training for two upcoming half marathons. I have been pretty good with my training, although I do need to increase my running during the week (which I have been doing recently). I keep injuring myself, however. Last fall I fractured a toe...more recently I get sudden leg cramps and nerve pain.

A friend suggested to me that instead of always running, I add in some non-impact cardio exercise, like swimming and cycling. This way I am still getting a good workout, but not always putting so much stress on my legs. Last week, I went swimming for the first time. (Well, not the first time, obviously, but one of the first times ever as a workout). I did 12 laps, which just about killed me. It was so hard! Yesterday I again went swimming, and did 20 laps---which is half a mile!

This same friend has suggested that I sign up for an upcoming triathlon (he himself does triathlons). In October there is one that is a "sprint" distance--that is, a 1/2 mile swim in the Bay, a 15k (9.4 mile) bike ride, then a 5k (3.1 miles) run. And you know, what? I think I am going to do it! I can easily do the 5k run. Yesterday, I already swam 1/2 mile in the pool. And I know I need to train for the bike ride, but that shouldn't be too bad.

What I am most nervous about is the swim. Yes, I did 1/2 mile yesterday, but that was in a pool, taking a short (5-30 second) break every length of the pool. In the Bay it will be totally open water. Luckily, the race isn't for 3 1/2 months, so I have plenty of time to work up to continuous swimming. I am taking my bike in for a tune-up today, and when I get it back will start riding outside. I rode an exercise cycle at the gym this morning, and am in so much pain---I must get my quadriceps in shape!

I am very excited about my new goals---half marathons plus a triathalon! I have never been an athletic person; never played a sport as a child, and was always the last to be picked for teams. And to this day, I am very slow. But I am excited about CREATING myself---the self of an athlete---an image I have in my mind. J and I are also starting a program tonight inspired by a website called hundred pushups...which, supposedly if we follow it, will allow us to work up to doing 100 pushup (in one session!) in 6 weeks. Whew!

Here's to creating my new self!


  1. I've said it before but I'm proud of you my friend! You're doing great and your whole family benefits when you take care of yourself.

  2. I'm in the middle of trying to find myself too! Must be a 40's thing. What accomplishments you have and will achieve. Proud of my friend!

  3. I am so stinkin' excited for you. Proud and happy for YOU!!

  4. I couldn't figure out how to post without the heading "anonymous". :) I am inspired every time I read your blog. Great post about becoming an athlete! Love, Rachel


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