Monday, February 15, 2010

I can do that, you know...

The hubby and I were sitting around last night talking about how our time has gotten so busy lately and that it might be a good idea to start scheduling things like time with friends more regularly. 

I love the idea, but it also makes me nervous that I won't have enough free time to both spend time with my husband (whom I adore) and to train for the tri the way I want to.

I told the hubby how I was feeling, and the conversation got interesting.

Me: I don't want to just finish this triathlon.  I've done lots of races that I just finished.  I want to do better than that.

Hubby: I hear that.  But I'm afraid if you leave it that vague, you won't be satisfied no matter how well you do.

Me: Good point.  I should set some concrete finishing time goals.

Hubby: But anyway, if you want to make your training a chance for us to spend time together, too, I'd be willing to work out with you.

Me: (anxious look)

Hubby: I mean, I'll do triathlon workouts with you.  I can do that, you know.  It might take me a little time to get into the kind of shape you're in, but...

Me: Oh, honey!  I know you can do it!  You've done tris before.  That's not what I was worried about.  I thought you meant that you were willing to do what we normally do when we workout together - weight lifting and a short ride on the stationary bike.  I'm going to want to do different workouts for the tri.

Hubby: Like bike-run combo workouts.  Right?

Me: Right!  Like I said...I know you can do it.  I'm just afraid you don't really want to do it.

Hubby: Well, I've asked you before to help me get motivated to work out more.  Maybe this is a good way to do that.  To get into a routine together.

Me: Maybe it is!  I'll think about it.  Thanks for offering to work out with me!

It'd be great to have a workout buddy for tri training.  And it'd be wonderful to spend that time with my hubby.  Maybe I'll even talk him into doing a tri with me!  He's done a couple triathlons in the past because his parents did them, but he's never really enjoyed them.  It's always more fun to have friends in a race with you, so maybe....

And I like the idea of setting some concrete goals for the race.  I was thinking maybe a 25 minute swim (0.5 mile), 45 minute bike (12 miles), 45 minute run (5 miles on trail).  I think that would be challenging but realistic.  Especially the bike and run, which I've heard are both quite hilly. 

I think I'll set that goal for now and perhaps adjust it as I see how my training goes.

Current Goal:
Ann Arbor Triathlon - June 6, 2010 - Ann Arbor, Michigan
0.5 mile swim - 12 mile bike - 5 mile trail run         -in-
25 minutes - 45 minutes - 45 minutes

No comments:

Post a Comment