Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Swim Bike Run for Two

OK, let me start off by promising that not every post for the next nine months is going to be about pregnancy. Kay? K.

That said, obviously, this effects things. All things. Notably, swim bike run things, speedy things, PR things, racing things.

I plan to stay as active as I can for as long as I can. Early yesterday morning, as in 3am, after I found out what was up and had stayed up talking to Hubby, I found I still couldn't sleep. So, I went for a run. Easy, Zone 1, 3 am 4 miler. It felt awesome. I spent the time talking to the little bit in my belly, enjoying the absolute stillness of the world at that time of day, and trying not to notice how FREAKIN' SLOW I was going. In fact, when I glanced down at the stop watch and saw it approaching the 50 min mark, well before I rounded the corner for home, I stopped and cleared the thing. So, my vow is, until the baby is born, I will no longer time my runs and bikes. Its all about heart rate from here on out, baby. A really extended base build, if you will.

This morning, I got in the pool. Warm up was OK - felt a little tired, but who doesn't at 5:00 in the morning. When I attempted the 50 yd "build" of the first set, however, my body said "No thank you." So, going fast, at least today, was just not happening. I'm really coming to the understanding that goals are going to have sort of go out the window for now. At least goals in time or miles. My goal is to keep going when I can and rest when I must. Also, I'm thinking of shooting for the Lake St. Louis sprint distance in 2008, knowing full well that things may prevent it from happening. However, having the hope of a race on the distant horizon will help me accept the current scheme of things. I can't be a speed demon now - but I will be someday. Ironman is even farther in the future - but it will still be there when I'm ready. I've got my own "Ironman" event to prepare for. Let's hope this one doesn't go three days like the last one.

13 comments:

Tryan said...

Congratulations!!!!

greyhound said...

I'm sorry. You've only got 17 hours. If you don't get that baby out by 16:59:59 you don't get a t-shirt.

Vickie said...

There's a goal, the 17 hour mark! Start practicing! But it is wise to keep the pace easy, as I mentioned before. I think you will come to enjoy the ability to just move, and will probably come back stronger than before--because you will be biding your time. And heck, everything will be a PR by then! Enjoy the time as your own. You'll be passing on some motivation to the little one.

Rural Girl said...

Ironman events come in many different packages. You are definitely undertaking an Ironman right now. Enjoy your pregnancy.

Kim said...

CONGRATULATIONS LADY!!!! how so very exciting!!!!!
dont know much or anything about pregnancy, but trisaratops (do you read her?) is a preggo ironman who has some great posts!!!!

im so excited for you :) cant wait to read your posts re: EVERYTHING, including baby stuff!

RunningCrazyAfter3 said...

What kind of fitness level did you have when you were pregnant last time? I would think with your current level, and maintaining constant activity throughout your pregnancy (without the timer of course;)) would really help you through your pregnancy and possibly even the delivery!

Jane said...

I was thinking how interesting that you did mention the "beast in your belly" comment before you knew you were pregnant. Isn't that fascinating, how your mind actually did reflect your body? Not exactly a freudian slip, but something...just some thoughts.

Greyhound's comment is hilarious.

teacherwoman said...

Congratulations!!!

Krista said...

OH my gosh - congratulations! I think it's wise to throw out the watch for a few months. Just focus on building/keeping strength so you can jump right back in after the little guy/girl is born!

Comm's said...

well good for you both on the little tri in the oven. BTW, no way I could carry jewerly into the backcountry. Its some kind of code. Unless said jewerly was for my fishing hooks.

You, know. Commodore is a great name.

No Wetsuit Girl... overseas! said...

Damn! Three freaking DAYS?! You're almost guaranteed a PR!

I think chucking the watch is a good idea by the way.

jeanne said...

hey i'm tossing out the watch too and i don't even have an excuse! three days! oh, let's hope not. nine months is quite long enough of an endurance event, thank you very much!

Lida said...

Well said.