Thursday, August 28, 2008

My Biggest Fear

Each time I prepare for an event, I am always petrified of finishing last. As a child, I did not participate in any sports. In P.E., I was always the last person to complete a track course, kick and hit the ball at short distances, and the first one out of the dodgeball inner circle. Because of my lack of athletcism, I never received an intrinsic award for my fitness efforts.

Many years later, I am still haunted of being the final person completing a course. I cannot over come this fear despite earning many cycling and triathlon awards. If anybody can help me overcome my childhood obstacle, your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Schedule Struggle

It's the start of the school year. Already, the demands of my proposed second career in nursing have interfered with my training schedule. Aside from training, I do lead a normal life. I work two jobs and attend school at a local community college. In addition, I have a family and tend to their every need.

I do not enjoy adding a new activity (i.e. academics) as it coincides with preparing for a sports endurance event. I have worked extremely hard to get into shape. I enjoy my activities and meet fellow athletes. However, if nursing will pave the way to perfect my triathlon/marathon/cycling skills, I may have to adjust my calendar. Let's face it, reality is starting to set in.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Pure Frustration

It's a matter of months for my next triathlon and first real 5k. Already, I am experiencing frustration and anxiety. A local high school has closed their football stadium late in evening in preparation for the next school day. This leaves me with limited access to a track or trail. I am trying to avoid running on the treadmill at the fitness center, but I have no option at times. Trust me, running in gravity is better than on a machine.

I want to become a good runner. In order for me to accomplish the feat, I need to find a decent place where runners can train in public property such as Blossom Trail in Fresno, California, Eaton Trail in Fresno, California, Woodward Park in Fresno, California, San Francisco Peninsula Trail in San Francisco, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and most notably Central Park in New York City. Otherwise, I will be miserable!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Best Shape

A few years ago, I was an overweight depressed individual. Life seemed meaningless. I had terminated a relationship with a man who could have been my Mr. Right. I did not care about people. To ease my frustration, I sought food as my source of comfort. I lacked exercise and self-esteem. I wanted to die.

It wasn't until a few months later that I wanted to make a change. Therefore, I joined a local fitness center and began exercising. I signed up with a personal trainer who was able to teach me proper strength techniques as well as nutrition. In addition, I enrolled in a few group exercise classes offered at the gym. Furthermore, I met a few sports endurance athletes who encouraged me to cycle with them. Through it all, I was able to lose a significant amount of weight and regain my self confidence.

Within a span of 4 years, I went from overweight to athletic. Also, I have endured the pain of training for several sports endurance events (5 centuries, soon-to-be 3 triathlons, and soon-to-be half marathon). Along the way, I have developed many friendships. I am a happier person. Needless to say, I am in the best shape of my life.