No races for one year

I did four triathlons in the summer of 2011 and another four over the summer of 2012. Each year in August I hit a wall where I was Done. Tired of training. Tired of passing on happy hours to go to the gym. Tired of getting up early on Saturdays to swim.

In the spring, it’s really tempting to sign up for races. Your have the year laid out at your feet and early bird pricing on registration fees. There are a half dozen races I’d love to do. And it’s a bummer not to be able to put anything on my calendar.

But yesterday was beautiful and warm. I was going to go for a run, but I emailed a friend instead and asked if we wanted to convene a meeting of the Ladies Walking Club. (Basically an hour or so of chatting plus four miles plus of walking.) Our walk quickly devolved into grabbing beers at the Denver Bicycle Cafe instead.

And I didn’t have to stress about missing a prescribed workout from my training plan or the fact that and I had not run one time this week.

I’m a little embarrassed by how little I’ve been exercising lately, but happier with how I’m spending my free time.

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3 thoughts on “No races for one year

  1. What? Ok, well, that is very impressive!! It is a hard habit to break, and then when you are in the middle of it, you forget that you *like* it. So a little absence will probably be very nice. Kudos!

  2. you go girl! a guy at my work has never done a race either – just loves running, biking and training – for exactly the reason you said: the pressure to stick to a training plan. it can lose its appeal and you lose some of the love of the sport. i think a walk + beers sound delightful on a warm spring evening. cheers!

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