Getting in Gear

After taking Erin’s class on Monday, I realized something.

I’m supposed to begin training for an Ironman next month. I have an informational meeting to attend tonight and I’m nervous. Yeah, I can run pretty far. Can I run far after swimming far and biking far? Not even close. Yet. And nothing is worse than not feeling prepared.

Scared (and sweaty) face. Feel free to blackmail me with this photo someday.

After realizing that I wasn’t totally keeping up with Erin (AKA I could only do like 3 TRX pikes), it hit me that I’m not as ready for Ironman pre-season as I should be. I keep wavering between fear and motivation.

Thought #1: Who do I think I am? I think I can be an Ironman? Hi, I’m delusional. Nice to meet you.

Thought #2: If I put my mind to it, I can do this. I have A LOT of work to do, but I can do it. Throw in a few inspirational quotes and I’m back to believing in myself.

Thought #3 (Yes, I have a lot of thoughts)I need to stop avoiding swimming.

mean girls i have a lot of feelings gif

My first order of business is to get back on the bike. (See above re: avoiding swimming.) I had taken Tuesday off work so I headed to LifeTime Fitness with nothin’ but time.

I was looking for a way to break up my time on the bike…an hour of spinning by yourself just isn’t super enjoyable. I came up with the following to break it up and add a little energy and excitement (that’s a relative term) to my workout. I bring you: My On-the-Go Spinning Workout, courtesy of my iPhone notepad:

indoor cycling interval workout

I set my timer for:

1 hour of sweat-filled fun!

…and enjoyed watching the snow fall outside! Oh so cozy.

lifetime fitness florham park new jersey

It’s the holiday season. Snow is officially acceptable to me.

Post-spinning, I did 3 sets each of squats and lunges on the BOSU ball, 3 sets of deadlifts (forever my favorite) with increasing weight, foam rolled and called it a day. It feels so luxurious when I have all the time in the world to work out. I need to take weekdays off work more often!

Moving forward, I can’t afford to slack off. I have 140.6 miles to conquer in 8 short months and I want to jump into the water on July 28th feeling fully prepared.

See you soon, LP.


What’s your favorite spin workout?

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  1. November 29, 2012 / 10:40 am

    wow i didn’t realize you were doing an ironman, I know you can do it! good luck!

    • December 4, 2012 / 9:34 pm

      Ahh thanks!! I need it! :)

  2. November 30, 2012 / 4:28 am

    I am working to get better at swimming, too. I think it might be the most scary part of an triathlon, especially the swim starts. Good luck Kara!

    • December 4, 2012 / 9:35 pm

      Agreed – definitely what I need to work on as well!

  3. December 3, 2012 / 11:02 am

    The idea of doing an Ironman has me crying on the floor curled up in the fetal position. You’re so awesome for signing up for one and putting in the training!! Let me know if you ever run in NYC again and hopefully we can run together :)

    Also, snow effect is the cutest thing ever.

    • December 4, 2012 / 9:36 pm

      Yes I go back and forth between extreme excitement and extreme terror, haha! I would LOVE to run together again sometime soon!

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