Friday, April 16, 2010

Post-Baby Fitness Plan - Train for a Triathlon (Hey, Why Not?)

First of all, I want to update anyone reading past posts on the baby & I. He went to the pediatrician for another weight check yesterday and is doing well, within 1 ounce of his birth weight. We have one more check next week and, if he's still gaining good, will go back to the regular schedule. I am still breastfeeding him whenever possible, but also having to offer expressed milk & some formula a few times a day when he is still hungry. My supply has definitely increased over the past week though, so hopefully we will be back to exclusivly breastfeeding soon. All-in-all, he's doing well, an inch and a half longer than at birth (almost 2 feet already!), and seems happier and more playful & alert. I am also doing better, much happier and more relaxed overall and less stressed out over the baby and everything else.

Since I am 3 weeks out from the surgery/delivery, I am feeling better and trying to be more active, without overdoing it. My doctor cleared me to walk as much as I felt like, provided I didn't push too hard or go past the point where it started hurting, or I started bleeding worse. A year ago, I was starting out running, and training for a 5k(3 mile race), but I haven't really done much since then, due to a car accident and surgery, then finding out I was pregnant and being told to limit activity right as I was recovering from that. I decided I will run a 5k in October, which gives me plenty of time to heal and train, and then noticed a local sprint triathlon (250 meter swim, 20k bike and a 5k run) in September. Thinking about it, a mix of swimming, biking, & running would be a more balanced fitness program (with some weight training & yoga or pilates thrown in for flexibility), so I decided to start training for the triathlon as soon as I'm cleared to run and do more.

For now, I am just walking until the doctor clears me to do more (and my abs finish healing), following the Conservative Couch to 5k program, and will be adding the runs in slowly starting in the 2nd or 3rd week of May (which gives me 7 or 8 weights of recovery time). I will probably add biking 2-3 times a week at about the same time, because I am getting myself a Cannondale road bike for my birthday on May 2. Swimming, I will start either in May or June, depending on which pool or fitness center I end up joining (one place has annual memberships starting in June, the others run for 12 months from whenever you sign up). This is one expensive sport to get started in, but it will be worth it if I stick with it, so I am trying to get the best gear I can without spending a bunch.

My goal for September is just to finish (in 2 1/2 hours, but only because that's the cut-off time for the race), but I can totally see myself competing, more against my own time and distance limits than against others. My two long-term goals right now are the Ridge to Bridge Marathon in 2011, and then the Beach to Battleship Triathlon in 2012 (and possibly the Hal-Ironman distance B2B in 2011). That puts me back to my original (over a year ago) goal of completing a marathon before I turn 30, and adds the challenge of an Ironman-distance marathon (2.4mi swim, 112mi bike, 26.2mi run) when I am 30. Sounds crazy, but also sounds fun, and doable if I can stay off my butt and in one piece long enough to train for them.

I am aware that this seems a little extreme, but it's something I really want to do, just to prove to myself that I can. I know others might be skeptical - I have spent most of my life avoiding running at any chance (hey, that's why I learned to shoot), and haven't swam or rode a bike since college, but I am giving myself plenty of time to train and prepare - I figure if I survive the training and finish the first one, then I can work on improving my speed and fitness level from there. My doctor thinks I am healthy enough to do this, and the guy at the bike shop didn't laugh when I drug my almost 300lb butt in there and told him I was looking for an entry-level triathlon bike, so at least I have 2 votes of confidence. Now I just have to do it, but posting my goals on here will go a long way toward that; it's sort of like a dare - if you go on the internet and say you're gonna do something, the post floats around in cyberspace forever, so you might as well do it.


  1. Hi Raine -- just found you! A triathlon -- no problem. I completed my first marathon to lose my baby weight with #2 10 months after he was born. You can do this! Cute, cute blog!

  2. Thanks Jamie, btw your blog is really inspiring. I would love to do a marathon, and that's my goal for NEXT year. I figured I'd start with a sprint tri right now, because running is the hardest part for me, and the cross-training should help me with that and be a little easier on my knees.


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