The Lapsed Triathlete is Getting Ready to Move It

From time to time I write about exercise, training and the Ironman.  Despite my desires, I am currently a lapsed athlete. However… there is a light at the end of that tunnel.

(The light at the end of the tunnel is that the dissertation will be DONE this week!)

I’m a veteran of 2 Ironman triathlons, 2 half-ironman triathlons, 3 other full marathons, many half-marathons and countless sprint triathlons.  I move. It is what I do.

You know. Until now.  The now that stretches back to the completion of the last Ironman in Sept. 08.   What happened?  Burnout from training for that with a newborn started it off.  Life with a job that sucks my soul, an enthusiastic and busy toddler, a big productive garden, a commitment to making as much of our food from scratch that I can, 7 silly chickens and a wonderful, but extremely stressed out, partner getting her PhD and writing a dissertation.

But mostly, I didn’t let myself make it a priority.  Sure, there have been some meager attempts at getting it back.  But so far, nothing has stuck.

Today I read a post by Nici at dig this chick writing about spectating and getting inspired at Ironman Coeur d’Alene.  The post is beautifully written (as all her posts are) and it brought a flood of memories to my consciousness.

Running.  Swimming.  Cycling.  Moving.  It is what I do.  Or did.

It is time to lace up my shoes, pull out my helmet and find my goggles. And do it again.

I’m calling for a comeback.

cycling the hills of iowa

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7 Responses to The Lapsed Triathlete is Getting Ready to Move It

  1. Travel Mommy says:

    I know that you will be out there running, biking, swimming soon – it is totally part of you. It amazes me since I HATE, HATE to exercise!

  2. cookie monster says:

    i need leptin and cortisol….can you make that happen as part of the plan? folks who might suspect they have this problem see Seattle Performance Medicine and Emily Cooper.

  3. Emma says:

    I connected with your blog through digthischick. As a current lapsed triathlete with a toddler, job, etc., I send you the quick, yet knowing glance of admiration that one swim-capped head gives to another in the crowd of athletes, right before the bell goes off and we make our collective dash into the water. May you feel the love, the energy, and the determination of all of us swimming together.

  4. Susan says:

    Love the Iowa pic! Are you doing RABGRAI this year? If you ever do, let me know…

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