Let’s Do An Ironman!

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Confession: I don’t really know what motivates someone to run for 26.2 miles, but I’ve always been fascinated by the Ironman competition.  I’ve put it on my bucket list to finish one, some day.  Although if I’m honest, it seems too unattainable for me.  Rheumatoid Arthritis is not very merciful and I’ve never really been an athlete to begin with.

runningThis is what draws me all the more!  There’s a deep desire within me that, just like David when he defeated Goliath, I could beat the odds, work really hard… and not die on such a race (hey I’m NOT that optimistic.  I don’t want to win it! I just want to do it!).  I think that’s something that calls to all of us in one way or another; we all aspire to DO that which feels a little out of reach – like buying a house, or building a successful blog legacy, or losing the pregnancy weight I’ve been carrying the past 7 years (did I say that outloud?).

Do I have your permission to get a little real here?

  • “Women’s Fitness” online is a JOKE.  The perception of what a “fit woman” looks like is based on the expensive “work out” attire they want to sell you and has nothing to do with what REAL WOMEN look like!  If I wait until I look like Kate Hudson or Carrie Underwood do start getting serious about my fitness… Well let’s just say don’t hold your breath.
  • BMI = Bolony of Mass Idignation.  By my BMI standards I’m obese… and apparently so is P!nk, who looks like she could squat a buick.  I know I need to lose weight for healthier joints, but I’m never going to see 140 lbs – I kissed that weight goodbye in Jr. High.
  • I’m not motivated enough to do this alone.  Who really wants to get up at 6am to exercise?  Who wants to go for a run instead of taking a glorious and much needed nap? Who says they enjoy lifting weights?!  Masochists, every single one of you!  Whether it’s laziness or RA-related fatigue, I’d rather be on a recliner, reading. (Ok, I’m not that bad.  I’m just not that commited!).biking with Caleb
  • I love to eat all kinds of foods.  I don’t go hangry, and I don’t diet.  I may cut CRAP out for periods at a time (Carbonated drinks, Refined Sugars, Artificial Flavors, and Processed foods). I will not lose weight by restrictive eating… and I don’t believe that’s healthy for you either.

So it’s not about a size on my pants, or a number on the scale, or finishing first in the “Why Not Tri” Triathlon I registered our family for in June.  At the end of the day, when my knees sound like I’m hiding a bag of Cheetos in there, and I can’t raise my arms above my head or hold a pencil because the swelling can get so bad…

… I just want to celebrate what my body CAN do! I want to look at myself in the mirror and say, “Yeah! This girl swims 30 minutes every week!  And she has ran up to 8 miles straight! And she can Zumba for hours!”

Isn’t it time we faced fitness as the godly women that we are?  With a foundation on Biblical truths and not the condemnation of failing to meet some photoshopped worldly standard?  With rejoicing in that we are truly “fearfully and wonderfully made”?

So this is why I’m saying: Let’s do an Ironman!

My small group leaders (who are very healthy both spiritually and physically) and I came up with this idea, having just completed another exercise challenge, of doing a Lazy Ironman.  It means we do an Ironman but spread out over two months (or more).

  • Swim 2.4 miles.
  • Bike 112 miles.
  • Run 26.2 miles.
  • If you do any other non-mileage related activity, you can credit a mile for every 15 minutes of exercise towards any of these activities.
  • Complete by July 1st, 2017.

after a swimWell I had so much fun creating my little spreadsheet to track my miles, that I decided to share it with you! I would love for you to join me in this challenge.  We even have a private Facebook group for motivation and support – just email me/private message me through Facebook and I’d be happy to add you!

Are you ready to do a Lazy Ironman with me? Click to download your tracking log and get started.

Just make sure you get the Doctor’s approval first, ok? Don’t go hurting yourself. I’m not a medical professional or a fitness professional.  I’m just a mom, standing in front of a mirror, trying to get into a pair of jeans without using all my yoga skills.  I’m going to move a little every day – at least 30 minutes – and I’m inviting you to move with me!

Can’t wait until we can look back and see all we were able to do in these very bodies.  Writing it down makes a world of difference.

What are some frustrations you face in trying to be fit?

 

21 thoughts on “Let’s Do An Ironman!

    • I think if we look at all we have to do it feels overwhelming. But if we just do a little bit every day, we realize over time that we have done A LOT. In March, I was trying to race to Nome with a minute of exercise equaling one mile. I had to do 979 minutes of exercise! I thought “there’s no way.” But I did a little bit every day I could, some days only 15 minutes of stretching. On April 1st, I had 897 minutes!! I got sooo close! Every little bit adds up, and every little bit is beneficial.

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    • If you write in a calendar an “x” every time you exercise a little, you can look back and see how much you’ve done and it motivates you to do a little more today. Also, don’t discredit things like housekeeping and gardening – these are calorie burners too. All the American Heart Association recommends is 30 minutes. If you walk for 30 minutes, or sweep and mop, or tend the garden, put an “x” on that calendar. Or write it on your Lazy Ironman log and as two miles swimming. Trust me, you will see it and feel good about trying something today!

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  1. One of my frustrations is that I have neck and back arthritis, which makes any exercise other than walking difficult for me. I did purchase a Fit Bit and am walking regularly. I get excited when the Fit Bit lights up to let me know I have reached my daily step goal. 🙂

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    • A Fitbit is a great motivator! I have degeneration in my neck and shoulders too. Which is why I don’t lift weights or teach Zumba any more. I swim, run, bike, and do yoga with a lot of modifications. Even when I swim I have to be careful because if I over do it I can’t move my arms for a week. But use your Fitbit and try to walk your way there! Also take into account housework, gardening… you can use the minutes of these activities towards your swimming or your biking miles. Also a recumbent stationary bike would probably work so you don’t have to hold the handlebars. You can do it!

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    • Well I’m not doing it all on one day. That’s why it’s a “lazy” Ironman. I’m trying to do it all by July 1st, cumulatively.

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  2. This year I have made it a goal to do a 5K once a month that supports charities. This way I stay on my fitness journey and I’m giving back. I call it my #LivingWhileGiving campaign. I don’t want to wait until I die to give back. I love your idea! If I wasn’t going to be traveling so much I’d try, but I may have to wait a few months before I do it. I’m cheering you on!

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    • Thanks! That’s a good goal too! One year I will sign up for all the charitable races of the year. Normally my daughter and I do the Alaska Run for Women and that’s 5 miles! This year the Triathlon we’re doing is for ALS research. I’d rather do that then an ice bucket challenge.

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