TRAINcation

I had never heard the term “TrainCation” until last summer when my coach, KC, and a few of her buddies (Beth, Summer, Karen) held one. They rented a few room over in Clearwater and spent three days running, and biking, and swimming. KC had sent us an invite, but at that point I was not up to their level and did not want to hold them back (or look foolish) so I opted out. It sounds like they had a blast though.

The idea has stuck with me, especially since my stalwart training partner has started in private practice up in Ocala and we are limited on training times. The ability to remove yourself from ALL distractions and just get up, ride, swim run, for two-three days straight, in the company of like minded people, people not trying to get you to eat sweets, or bread, and understand the trials and tribulations of training for these events. That is such a great idea.

We had a mini one last weekend. We rode 50 miles one day, then got in a long run/lipty the next, and ate MEAT and FAT and BACON without anyone looking at us funny. It was relaxing, and at the same time tiring. I really want to do this with a bigger group this summer, maybe a few months prior to Augusta as a tune up. By that time I hope to be much leaner and have the ability to better maintain with the more experienced triathletes. I’ll probably never be able to keep up with the four mentioned above, but the tier below them I should be able to catch up to.

How about that for a change in viewpoint huh? I actually think that a “vacation” is the equivalent of getting up in the morning and riding a bike 50 or 60 miles, plus a swim of 2 or 3 miles, and just for S&G’s maybe a half marathon. How did I get from sitting in front of the TV for a few days to this?

On the NSNG front, today marks the 30th day since switching to this eating lifestyle and I hit 22 pounds lost. After being stuck at 255-265 for a year, even seeing the scale at 241 this morning was enough to get me whooping in my bathroom (luckily no one was around because the sight of a Fat Slow Triathlete whooping it up nude at 6:00 AM is enough to make anyone lose weight just by the illness it would cause). Seriously though, it makes my goal of 210 pounds seems reachable again. I went for my massage last night, with the Massage Goddess Lena at the North Tampa Spine and Joint Center, and she mentioned more than once how much weight I had lost. Not that I am a vane person, but it does feel good when someone, other than family and close friends, notices that there is a difference. It makes you more motivated to keep going.

4 thoughts on “TRAINcation

  • February 8, 2013 at 1:56 am
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    My husbands family goes on a family vacation every year and I always make a point to make it a traincation. It's so nice to train on vacation, no work calling you (well, most of the time) and no chores to do around the house. It's awesome.

    This year we are going somewhere where I can't take my bike so it'll be a swim, run and core–cation.

  • February 8, 2013 at 1:56 am
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    My husbands family goes on a family vacation every year and I always make a point to make it a traincation. It's so nice to train on vacation, no work calling you (well, most of the time) and no chores to do around the house. It's awesome.

    This year we are going somewhere where I can't take my bike so it'll be a swim, run and core–cation.

  • February 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm
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    Thanks for mentioning Lena…I paid her visit this week to help with my pain from Plantar & ITBand. She was AWESOME! and provided some much needed relief.

  • February 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm
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    Thanks for mentioning Lena…I paid her visit this week to help with my pain from Plantar & ITBand. She was AWESOME! and provided some much needed relief.

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