“Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens FOR you!”
- Tony Robbins
Several years ago I had a dream to complete an Ironman Triathlon. It was a goal that drove me and pushed me through every early morning swim , bike or run session and I LOVED it. Unfortunately, I never got that chance to become an Ironman.
Looking at this picture on the left reminds me of how it was one of the last triathlons I would ever compete in because of the debilitating back pain I developed.
Two bulging degenerative discs put an immediate halt to my triathlon training.
I had a choice to make, give up triathlon or make my back worse..😕 Holding my little girl right here, was all the reason I needed to make the decision to stop running. I lost my identity and competitive spirit, plus gained a lot of weight..again.
Until... I found a new passion!! 😄
A new goal that would force me out of my funk and get my body into the best possible physical condition ever. It grew out of a necessity to get my back strong and healthy again.
I believe things do happen for a reason.
Life happens for you to find the lessons and grow from them.
#tbt: Roughly eight years ago I did my first #triathlon - The Austin Tri, Labor Day 2009! It was Olympic distance & I spent 3 months prepping for it. I finished in just over 3 hours, which was my goal! Panic attack during the entire swim, which continued to be my struggle in almost every race I did since then
🚴🏼♀️Prior to starting tri training, I hadn't been on a bike consistently since I was probably 14 years old, & hadn't swam laps since I trained to be a lifeguard in high school
😊I leaned so much about myself and my capabilities during that little journey, & i was bitten by the tri bug, so I kept training and racing until my last half Ironman in 2013
💗When something lights you up inside, DO IT! When it's no longer that feeling, don't force yourself to keep doing it. There's always other healthy "addictions" you can pursue, and life is too short to keep doing things that are no longer fun! Yeah, duh, training is hard work and it's sometimes not the most fun, but if you are not excited to keep doing it, perhaps you need to venture into other pursuits...just keep being active! #rippeleffectfitness#wheredidmyquadsgo#formertriathlete#meatheadforlife#swimbikerundrink#fitfam
#bodyimage issues week continues. I had a meltdown today over soup (I know, right?) and a nice #healthy dinner I planned that went oh so wrong. It was too much for me. I was tired and hungry and disappointed in myself. I made it through my #workout but everything I lifted felt heavy and my body was tired and uncoordinated. It's easy to have bad moments but it's not always easy for me to remember how #strong and #brave I can be. But being strong and brave is hard and a lot of times makes you tired and especially hungry. Before this picture was taken I'd had sooo many meltdowns but they were all worth it for one of my proudest moments. #swimming 1.2 miles in open water was #awesome and I wouldn't trade the experience for the world. I can't wait to see where today's meltdown takes me. #itsoktonotbeok#ironmanmuncie#fbf#girlswholift#formertriathlete#ows#openwaterswimming#hangry#meltdown
Both required 7 months of training..one Endurance based (2015) and one Strength based (2016). 15+ hours a week of cardio for IM training vs 7 hours a week of cardio PLUS 6 hours of strength training for Physique comp. Weight at IM race day= 146; weight on last competition day= 117. Proof that adaptation to exercise is different for everyone. In the end, it's about what makes you happy. #formertriathlete#physique#npccompetitor#girlsthatlift#strengthtraining#lovetolift