So this week I have been hitting the gym.


Don't fall over. It is actually happening.


I usually am not a fan of the gym, I am an outside kid and I want to play outside (stomping foot for emphasis).




The fact is while I have spent many years building endurance (lets not count 2012) – I haven't spent any time on strength.




Well, I might have done a crunch or a push-up, but that is about it.


So see, I can go for a long time, but I'm not very fast/powerfully/strong.


And…I'm approaching the big FOUR-O with the seeming speed of a mad cheetah on acid (I think that would be fast) so that means every part of my body is meandering south.




So in an attempt to fight gravity and get stronger and more powerful at SBR (I have given up all hope of speed), I started going to the gym.


I am kind of on a streak.


I've never made it an entire week before. To get to the gym, I have to leave by 4:30 am at the latest to make the hour drive to the gym (that work helps cover most of! WIN) to get an hour in and get to work with an “optional” shower on time (I work in the woods, the moose don't mind).


Anyway, what is cool about going in the mornings is that everyone there is there to work out – it is all business, and there are like 10 people there, all of which just crawled out of bed and dont want to talk either.


I am hoping to build to a strong 2013 race season to offset my very freaking weak 2012 lack of race season (and lack of blogging).


I am not going to talk season plans yet, it just seems too early. Mostly my plan at this point is to run for cardio and lift for strength and play with Porter (if I can wake him up!)





About caratunkgirl

Short spunky girl from the tiny town of Caratunk, Maine. Active outdoor girl. I am a forester, whitewater raft guide, Ironman and 5x marathoner with Ultra dreams. Always ready for the next adventure with my dog Kineo by my side.
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9 Responses to Weights

  1. Kat says:

    Well, you’ve put me to shame. It takes you an hour to get to your gym; it takes me 5 minutes to get to mine. You’re getting up (I’m assuming) at 4:00 to be ready by 4:30 just to DRIVE there; I pretty much would just have to roll out of bed, get dressed, hop on my bicycle, and leave at 4:55 to be there by 5 to get an hour in.


    Great job on your workouts, though! 😉

  2. A gym? What’s that?

    In all seriousness, there are two competing schools of thought: 1) you get better at biking, running, and swimming by biking, running, and swimming; or, 2) strength and core training should be an integral part of an off season plan.

    My coach is firmly in school #1 although he does believe that off season is the best time to address body composition. I think the gym can help that. Check out a book (I got it on Amazon) called TriPower for some hints/guidance on which workouts to do in the gym.

    PS: Don’t give up on speed. That’s the main other thing to work on during the off season. HIIT is a gospel there.

  3. Matt Smith says:

    I still can’t believe that you have to drive an hour to get to the gym! That’s crazy! But, good for you for doing it anyway.

  4. Jon says:

    Yay! Heavy things!

  5. The strength will bring speed. Trust me and it will also help you recover faster too.

    Now go lift some anvils and whack tires with sledgehammers wouldya!

  6. Jeff says:

    Daaayyyyaaammmnnnn Look at you!

    I was thinking of starting some P90X again or something similar. Sick of s/b/r right now.

  7. Anne-Marie says:

    “the speed of a mad cheetah on acid” –> hahahaha!

    Good for you for getting into strength training! I am sorely lacking in that area… I try to do some basic core/functional strength stuff in the off-season, but I just can’t juggle it into my training schedule most of the time.

  8. Colleen says:

    Look at you go!!!

    And I can’t do a real pushup… does that make me a loser?

    I love smushy dog face on the floor pictures!

    Miss you!

  9. Kristin says:

    I’m in the same boat! My body rapidly transformed into something awful when I turned 37. I’ve been doing strength 2-3 times a week but really need to step it up!

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