I want to start this weeks blog by saying a huge thank you to everyone who has sent me messages of support over the last week after my less than perfect race. I have literally had people from all areas of my life reach out to me. In particular I had one person who shall remain anonymous tell me that on Sunday they did their first ever triathlon because of me! This is why I am writing this blog. I want people to give this crazy, amazing, life changing sport a go! So from the bottom of my heart thank you everyone!
After last weekend the last thing I felt like doing was training. It also worked out well as my Wife who is an only child has her two cousins over from Norway at the moment for her birthday. So last week I did almost anything but train. I drank too much, I ate too much and I didn't move enough. It was nice... for a couple of days. But then I started to get cranky and frustrated and I realised something, I hate not training.
3 days of no exercise was nice. I felt like I definitely needed it. So I started easy with a little 7km run on Thursday. It was tough. I ran slow but man I felt good. I then backed right off again on Friday and put out a 21km run on Saturday. Now no offence to anyone who is reading this and isn't very active but man I can't understand how you do it? I felt sluggish and disgusting. I struggled to concentrate at work and even started snapping at my family.
I wonder whether people who do not exercise feel the same way? Maybe they are used to feeling like that and that feeling I hate is what they are used to? Maybe if you are reading this and are someone who doesn't do a lot of exercise and you are someone who finds it hard to concentrate or you feel lazy or sluggish or even cranky, try getting active. It doesn't have to be hours and hours but even just 30 minutes a day. I am sure everyone can manage 30 minutes a day. Go to bed 30 minutes later, get up 30 minutes earlier. Do it for a month and then stop. See how it feels and I reckon you will be rushing back to the gym or out the door for a run quick smart. Change is hard and just as people need to learn to be more active, I need to learn to relax when it is time to relax.
I hope you all have a good week. I have signed up for a little sprint tri this weekend to try and get me confidence back. Nothing too serious.
Have fun, get moving and remember to TRI!
I lost 50kgs though triathlon and completed the 2016 70.3 World Championships. Aiming to hit 4:05 for a 70.3, the same time it took me to complete my first Olympic Distance Triathlon. I want to bring as many new people to the sport as possible. Whether you are fit and active or want to make positive changes to your life.