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25 March 2009

Imposter

I am training for a half marathon (or two) and a triathlon. As this topic comes up in casual conversation or when seeking out advice on equipment needed and training techniques I often feel like an imposter. I so don’t have the body of an athlete and am not crazy into fitness and nutrition. I always walk away from a conversation wondering if those involved think I out of my league. If they think to themselves no way is she going to be able to complete a triathlon. A huge part of me feels that I should be skinny and in shape to compete in these events. I love that I have a goal to train for. It keeps me on track and its an excuse to get cool new gear.

* Sorry for no photos as of late. My work computer blocks all external devices so I can’t download at work. My personal laptop doesn’t have the right program. I am hoping a shopping trip to Apple this Friday will solve all problems and I’ll be back in business with fun photos updates.

5 comments:

Kansas Sity Sinic said...

I've ran 4 marathons, 3 half marathons and done two mini-triathlons.

If I can do it, anyone can do it!

I highly recommend training with a group...it's very difficult to go at it on your own.

If you're going to train for a half, make Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays your running days (Saturday is your long running day).

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays save for weight lifting, yoga, swimming, elliptical--basically any activity BUT running.

Saturday after you have your long run, you can eat junk for that day only.

Sunday is rest day.

Best of luck and let me know if you have any questions! :-)

Melissa Marie said...

Thanks for the encouragement! That is amazing you have done that many marathons. I am not too stressed about the half marathon as have been on a training plan for that and right on course. I do the shorter runs during the week and the long run on Saturday.

I am mostly worried about the triathlon as don’t feel as prepared for that. Plus all the transitions. Any advice for the triathlon? I do think group training is better and have been doing it about ½ group ½ solo.

Silly question but did you drink (alcohol) at all during training? Just seems overkill to have to not have any drinks.

Kansas Sity Sinic said...

I drank (and smoked a little) on Saturdays after my long runs/workouts as a reward.

As for transitions--I never bought the fancy bike shoes, so transitioning from biking to running was a cinch.

I wore a tri top and padded pike shorts for all three events...then again, I've only done mini-tris (swim 500, bike 10, run 3.2)

E said...

hi there! thanks for commenting on my blog! i felt like i was reading something i could have written when i read your imposter post. i feel like a fraud all the time, and i wonder if people chuckle at me behind my back when they find out i'm running and doing triathlons! but i try not to care because at least we are out there working towards a goal and bettering ourselves! you can totally do this- and i can't wait to hear how it goes!

as for advice, i would definitely invest in tri shorts and a tri top that you can run/bike/swim in the same clothes. i am a bit slow out of transitions because i refuse to run w/o socks, and i take time to pull my hair back before i put on my helmet, etc. but i'm a newbie, and i know in time i'll figure out the tricks to get faster. right now, i'm more concerned with safely getting in/out of the transition zones than running in no socks, etc. for your first one, i'd say just enjoy it. it will go by so quickly, and you are going to LOVE the feeling you have when you cross the finish line!

i'm not an athlete by any means, but i know i can do this if i try. so stick with this, and don't let anyone get you down. good luck with your training and i can't wait to read your future posts!

Melissa Marie said...

Sinic good idea to use the long run day as a reward day. I should have tried a sprint triathlon first but too late now.

E thank you so much for the words of encouragement! I definitely agree that the most important thing is that we are out there working towards a goal and enjoying every minute of it. I can't wait. So much easier to train when you have a purpose. You have really progressed from the looks of your blog.

Sounds like I definitely need to go buy a Tri top and shorts as both of you wore. That is an excellent idea.

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