elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Out Like a Lion

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The end of March is here. I started the month with the hope of becoming stronger, a stronger lion of sorts. I am happy to say I am seeing improvements. My running is definitely stronger and my swimming has improved as well. In keeping with stronger, I did increase my weights for lifting this month too. I upped my goals halfway through the month. I set a personal best in my five mile race and I am pushing it a bit more in my running. In swimming I wanted to swim all my workouts with flip turns. Not only am I doing that, I started flipping with the pull buoy yesterday. That is a bit of challenge, but I like it. I am pushing through with my swim distance and speed. I hope to see an improvement and I will know soon enough when I do my time trials for April next week.

April will be here tomorrow – time is flying by. My goals in fitness for April are three (rather fitting for a triathlete). I have a ten mile race at the end of April and I hope to set a personal record. It is very likely I will, so I am going to kick it up a notch and hope to break 1:43. I tend to feel under pressure when I put a time goal out there, it just may be what I need to make it happen. My second goal is in cycling, I want to get back on the bike. I have missed it so. I plan on riding on Saturday mornings beginning April 7th. If the weather is bad, my gym has two morning spin classes I can substitute riding outside with. My active rest day will morph into only one swim on Friday. The third goal in swimming is to keep improving my pace. This is going to be challenging and I plan to look into specific workouts to improve my endurance. Time goal? Well, I want to determine that after I see how my 100 and 1500 meter time trials go this week. I would like to be at 1:45 or less on the 100 and 30:00 or better on the 1500. This week will give me greater clarity.

I was reminded this week that life is not linear. I will make progress, sometimes in leaps and bounds and sometimes in baby steps. I also will experience momentary stagnation and the occasional back slide. I have learned that I can not beat myself up over it. Progress comes from assessment. What did I do well? Where can I improve? What needs to change or stop? After all, I am a work in progress… and I am loving the journey.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

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