Those of you ROW’ers who have followed my very halting progress to fitness, will have gathered I am not that enamoured with exercise per se – however in an attempt to kick this rapidly ageing carcass into shape, I have declared 2012, a year of really, really trying to shift the weight, strengthen the muscles and fit into an entire wardrobe of smaller sizes. You will have probably realized also that I am basically lazy, enjoy the great indoors, grossly overweight and with a whole back story of accidents and ailments behind me, which serve to make the task even harder.
I have a dog to walk now, so for the first time in years, I have to go out every day:( the ankles are improving and I have been at least 2 weeks without painkillers on these walks, so that’s a plus. I reported last check in I had brought a contraption to turn my splendid, if redundant cycle, into a stationary bike. Turns out the quick release lever didn’t actually have to be released (just as well I didn’t take a wrench to it then!) And please, can any one explain why instructions have to be so difficult – would novelists be able to explain better? Putting the contraption together has proved more energetic possibly than riding the damn thing! However, it is up now and just needs the tyres pumped up.
So, because on ROW 80 we can redefine our goals, I am now saying that I have invented my own triathlon!
I’ll give you a couple of seconds to compose yourself…. Enough of the laughter now ….. Listen to me – a triathlon is a multi sport event which has three continuous ‘endurance’ events. Note the word ‘endurance’. What is a quick cycle to the post box at the end of the road for some, is an enormous, and at the moment impossible feat, for moi = endurance – will take weeks if not months to manage that.
There are no fixed distances in triathlon, they vary depending on which type of athletes they are trying to attract – phew – variation rules in this sport – no fixed sports required either; although the usual is swimming, running , cycling it does not have to be and hasn’t always been.
A triathlon is an individual affair, each is competing against the clock and the course for the best time, and on the whole it is used to improve and/or maintain fitness levels. Voila:) ‘Tis made for me.
My triathlon will be cycling, followed by walking, followed by either (depending on the weather) a good stint in the garden or on the step machine. They must be continuous I understand that, the only rule I am going to break is the wearing of my crash helmet whilst on the bike – as the machine is now in a fixed position I feel this health and safety aspect could be ignored. The length of time and distance I hope will grow longer over the next few months, but, being kind to my arthritic knees, I shall be putting in some pathetic times.
I will not be shamed, I will stand proud and I will be as exhausted and the end of each day as those super fit triathlon competitors:)
I have done no writing to report on, apart from three short stories, since Sunday because the sun is shining and I am desperately attempting to play catch up in the garden. But everyone says writing is better, easier and more fruitful if the body and mind is healthy so this fitness stuff is part of my master plan to achieve a blue plaque on the door. So wish me luck everyone, I will need all the cheering you can muster.
Tomorrow morning I begin. Now I must go see if I can find the bicycle pump.
All the best to every one.