I have 2 awesome apps on my phone that I use all the time: MapMyRun and MapMyRide. The only thing is that I always save my workouts as private because I’m embarassed at how slow I am. Don’t let my 6’0″ tall legs fool you either… I don’t know what’s wrong with my long legs, but I just can’t get them to move as fast as I want them to.
Anyway, on Sunday, while Davey and I were doing a bike/run brick to train for the NashVegas Triathlon coming up next weekend (!!!), and while running yesterday using the Galloway Method (which I read about on SwimBikeMom’s post, which is where you get to walk for a minute after each mile, which is awesome), I got to thinking…
Why am I embarassed about how slow I run and bike or that I’m not running double digit miles (yet)? Why do I think I need to make excuses for my time of running 5.07 miles in 54 minutes by saying, well, it was a bad day, or my knee hurt, or whatever? Why do I get frustrated and discouraged during a triathlon when people pass me and I look at their leg to see their age and they’re older (and faster) than me? Can anyone relate?
Well, I’ve come up with 4 reasons why you should be super proud of your triathlon workouts (and races) no matter how slow you are or how far you go:
1. No Matter How Slow You Go, You’re Lapping Everyone On The Couch
I wrote about this already (read it here) because I LOVE LOVE LOVE that quote. No matter how fast or slow you run, bike and swim, at least you’re getting out there! Even if you only bike for 10 minutes or run for 1/2 a mile, it’s better than no miles at all! On most days, the couch sounds so much better to me than hitting the pavement, but you’ll never regret a workout. So be proud of every minute, and every mile, you log!
2. Every workout you do is one step closer to your goal
There will always be someone faster than you and someone slower than you (and someone sitting on the couch :-)). Instead of comparing yourself to others, compete with yourself. Whether you have a good day or a bad day, whether your legs feel like lead or like feathers, keep your own goals in mind and focus on your OWN progress. When you take the pressure off of beating someone else, your workouts will be more fun and less stressful. (and if we keep at it, maybe one day our legs will look like this picture!)
3. You’re Awesome
We all have busy lives. Sometimes getting your workout in is quite a challenge and it might even require you to make some sacrifices. It can take a lot of effort to get to the gym or lace up your sneakers after a long day of work, but every time you do, you’re awesome. Getting a workout in amidst your busy, hectic schedule, is something to be proud of. It’s also a great stress reliever and a great way to get your heart pumping and blood flowing after sitting at a desk all day.
4. You Did (And Are Doing) Something Most People Don’t Do
Whether it’s a sprint triathlon or a full Ironman, you had the courage to start! Even if you finish last or your race time is not what you hoped, you FINISHED (or are going to finish) A TRIATHLON and that’s something to be proud of! It takes a lot of courage to do something you’ve never done before, so celebrate every success along the way and then have a huge party on race day! Who cares what your time is… you’re a TRIATHLETE!
So, no more excuses, no more feeling ashamed of or embarassed about your pace. Just getting out there and swimming, biking or running is a success in and of itself. Be proud of your workouts and post then with pride! Who’s with me?!
Tell us about your workout successes!
Do you have any more reasons to add for why you should be proud of every workout?
What is your favorite triathlon workout?