I need to change things up. I’ve lost my workout mojo over the past few months due to the cold weather, early darkness, traveling, moving, illness, and a bit of apathy thrown in as well. I tried to give myself some inspiration by signing up for a two mile open water swim in May as well as an Olympic distance triathlon relay (bike leg) but, well, May is just so far away. Due (to be honest only partially) to a pretty bad respiratory illness I haven’t swum in ages and missed a few weeks of biking as well. I feel pretty much human again so now I need to take this opportunity to kickstart my workouts. For the umpteenth time.
The past year I’ve really neglected weight training which was always my favorite way to work out. It was hard enough to get swim/bike/walk/run workouts in for triathlon competitions much less hitting the dumbbells. Fortunately, and unbeknownst to me until I saw the results, training for a triathlon helps you put on some muscle as well. Not as much as I want but more than I expected. My biceps and triceps are larger and more toned than they were before I began triathlon training and my legs have shown quite a lot of improvement in strength and tone. Thanks, hills. Even my abs (if you could see them beneath the belly fat) have toned up. But now it’s off season and I want to change it up a bit. The first change being to get off my rear and back to the gym…
The only thing I’ve been doing consistently lately is biking. In these cold and dark winter months I signed up for an indoor training course with Spin90, the training program that got me ready for my first triathlon last year. I’ve found that paying for things in advance greatly helps my motivation. So now I need to get back into the water so I’ll be ready for that swim in May. And start a new weight lifting program. No problem, right?
My plan is to bike and swim 1-2 times a week each and weight train 2-3 times a week with a session of yoga thrown in there somewhere as well. I want to focus on weight lifting so I can get back into the habit and find a way to incorporate it into upcoming training for triathlon season. Then I’ll put the emphasis more on the bike/swim but I want to maintain some weights as well.
Lofty goals for a woman who hasn’t been to the gym in weeks, right? That changes today. I’ll bid you all adieu, go pack my gym bag, and go get my workout on. Wish me luck.