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“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”   1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Swimmers take your marks…

Their pulse quickens as they step up onto the cold blocks.  They look out over the surface of the softly swaying water, the pungent bleach odor filling their noses.

Get set…

They take a deep breath as they bend, fingers curling around the sharp metal edge.  The crowd hushes as they stand anticipating the start.  Senses heighten as their heart pounds in their chest, the water lapping the pool ledge unaware of the storm approaching.

CRACK!!

The gun screams “go!” and eight swimmers dive head first into the cool water.

2012 marks the 30th summer Olympics, and I swear it was 30 years ago that I dreamt I would be an Olympian.  I was a swimmer and I could just imagine myself in a race.  Hearing the crowd scream upon my finish.  Standing atop the podium leaning over while a medal is slipped onto my neck, a bouquet placed in my arms.  Hearing the National Anthem play while Old Glory is lifted.

It was a lofty dream.  I was never very good swimming competitively.  I loved it and could stay afloat but I wasn’t coming home with many blue ribbons.

With the London 2012 Games in full swing, I find myself in awe once again of the athletes; specifically the swimmers.  Their drive and self-control to push through the rigorous training they endure; strict diets, tireless laps, flip and push off drills, specific weight regimen, countless competitions, mental strength and focus.

The Bible tells us we are to live our lives like that of an athlete.

“Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.”   1 Corinthians 9:25 (nasb)

We are to remain steadfast and focused on the prize.

We are to put in the hard work that is expected of us.

We are to sacrifice for a bigger reward.

“in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”   2 Timothy 4:8 (nasb)

Even now as I watch the swimmers I find myself tensing my muscles, pointing my toes and holding my breath until the wall is touched and the winner revealed.  I long to jump in and swim.

I am however a realist and fully aware how ridiculous I would look should I attempt it, so instead I will live my life in such a way that my God will be pleased.  I will try my hardest.  I will keep my eyes on what is really important, focus on the finish and do my very best.

And even though I may end up in last place according to the world’s standards, if I stay true to what I know is right, I look forward to the day that my Coach, my Master, my God will say…

“Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’”   Matthew 25:23

Ok, so I did the bike yesterday and didn’t have time to post.  SORRY!!  It’s been a while since I’ve been on the bike and boy, was I sloooooooooooooow this morning.  WOW!!  😦

But I tell ya’, since doing Turbo Jam’s 20 Minute Workout & Ab Jam the other day, my arms, back, obliques and abs are screeeeaaming!!  We’re a bit saggy yet, but we’ll get there…

So again, since I lack a pool, this morning I did the Turbo Jam 20 Minute Workout with hand weights just to get a few upper body muscles moving (that so helps, by the way, to work through sore muscles) and then planning to get in some cardio later as well.

How’re you doing?

GET UP, AND GET OUT THERE!!!

Ok, I have slacked faaaaar too long, and I am paying for it on the DREADmill.  Uff, running is so not fun, especially on a narrow, unforgiving, rotating belt, in a spider-filled basement at 4:00am.

“So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.”   1 Corinthians 9:26

Um, I beg to differ. I seem to be going nowhere fast (or, more like not all that fast) on my dreadmill, but it is what it is.

Yesterday I had a bit of a wake-up call when I realized I am signed up for a sprint distance tri in July, and I have exactly 8 weeks to get my butt in shape.  Yikes, if you’ve seen that, it’s going to take MUCH LONGER than 8 weeks.

So, let’s re-phrase; I have exactly 8 weeks to get ready so I don’t drown, fall off the bike, or pass out.  That would be good.

SO!!  Here’s the training plan; and please ignore the fact that it’s a 10-week training plan, because clearly I will be 2 weeks late for the race should I follow it precisely.

Week:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Total

1

Swim-20

Off

Run-25

Swim-25

Bike-45

Off

Run-30

175

Bike-30

2

Swim-25

Off

Run-25

Run-30

Swim-30

Off

Bike-45

185

Bike-30

3

Run-15

Off

Bike-25

Run-15

Bike-25

Off

Swim-20

100

 

4

Run-15

Off

Bike-30

Bike-25

Run-20

Off

Swim-25

115

Open Water

5

Swim-25

Off

Run-35

Bike-50

Swim-30

Off

Run-35

210

Bike-35

6

Swim-25

Off

Run-25

Swim-30

Bike-35

Off

Run-35

205

Bike-35

Run-20

7

Swim-30

Off

Bike-45

Run-45

Swim-35

Off

Bike-60

245

Run-30

8

Swim-20

Off

Run-25

Bike-35

Swim-20

Off

Bike-55

215

Bike-30

Run-30

9

Swim-20

Off

Off

Run-30

Bike-45

Off

Swim-20

115

Open Water

10

Off

Bike-15

Off

Swim-15

Run-15

Off

Race!!!

45

Sprint Distance: Swim – 0.6mi, Bike – 12.4mi, Run – 3.1mi

The way this training plan works, is you go for time, not distance.  If you meet each of these time goals, you will be ready for a sprint distance triathlon after 10 weeks of training.  It does work…I’m proof in the pudding.

“But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”   1 Corinthians 9:27

Yup, been there done that…BUT, this year I’ve got 8 weeks, a few extra lbs. and no pool, so we’ll see how we do.  🙂 I’ve been in worse predicaments.

Can’t recall any at the moment…but I’m sure I have.

So, today I did the 25-RUN.

Come on, who’s with me?

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