I am not a triathlete. (I’m not sure my triathlon in the 8th grade counts anymore.) But I would like to be one. So, let’s say I’m a triathlete-in-the-making.
In the spring, I announced I would do a triathlon this summer. Did I have a bike? No. Did I have my family’s blessing? No. Did I get influenced by other people’s announcements that they were doing triathlons? Yes! (Ahem, Jill.)
So, no, I never did a triathlon this summer. At the beginning of summer, I wasn’t sure I really even wanted to do one. But now, I really have the bug. It’s become my new thing. Of course, triathlon season is basically over and I still do not have a bike. (My mountain bike doesn’t count. I refuse to use it in a triathlon — unless I decide to do the XTerra one, I guess. I want to have a chance, people, c’mon!)
So, I am training for a triathlon. I haven’t chosen one yet, but I am looking. I have a plan to get a bike this fall or winter, so I’ll be ready to go this time. Meanwhile, I’m running a little (3 or less miles at a time on PT orders), and biking some on my mountain bike, which I am thoroughly enjoying it now that I know how to shift, etc., thanks to Selene Yeager’s book The Every Woman’s Guide to Cycling. I’ve even been to the pool a few times — and actually swam laps there, too!
But what in the heck does a triathlete do in the “off-season” to prepare for NEXT season?
I have no idea. That’s where you come in: Do you do triathlons? Do you swim and bike through the winter? Is there a non-training “training” plan for triathletes? If you have ideas, pretty please leave it in the comments! Maybe someone else is wondering, too!
Right now, I have decided that my main focus will be losing weight. I am still loving Bob Harper’s Skinny Rules. I don’t need the book anymore (although, I still like to use or get inspiration from his recipes). Our family is eating so much healthier, and my husband is still losing weight.
I, however, am not losing anything.
I am bouncing between 152 and 153. Have been for weeks. I am eating enough. I’m not eating bad (yes, some popcorn every once in a while, but I’m trying to limit it).
Today, my stomach feels like it is hanging over my jeans. I’ve got to get this in control! So, I jumped back on MyFitnessPal today and started tracking. But I’m not just tracking calories. I suspect I’ve been eating too much protein. According to Bob and other health experts, to figure out how much protein you really need, you just need to divide your weight in two. So, I need about 76 grams of protein a day. When I entered all my food into MyFitnessPal for today, I realized that I may be eating too much protein. I need to watch this closely.
I also realized that I will not have any calories left for popcorn tonight.
But, that’s okay. I’m not sure triathletes are supposed to eat popcorn anyway.