My 46th Birthday Workout

My 46th Birthday Workout.... Every year for my birthday, I do a birthday workout. I do this because I love my birthday and I want to celebrate me. I try to think of all the things I love to do and cram them all into one day! Every year for my birthday, I do a birthday workout. I do this because I love my birthday and I want to celebrate me. I try to think of all the things I love to do and cram them all into one day! Working out is one of my favorite things to do, and I love to challenge myself, so I always make my birthday workout a pretty big challenge.

This year was a little different. I don’t have as much time and freedom as I’ve had in the past, I was already teaching two classes at the gym, and of course I have Coura now. I still wanted to do something challenging, but doable, and like everything else in my life right now, I need it to be a little more flexible than in the past. I decided on a 46 minute swim, 46 minute bike, and a 46 minute run. Not all at once, not necessarily in that order, spread out throughout the day.

I got up early on November 6 to have enough time to pump after feeding Coura, as I’m not supposed to wear a sports bra unless my breasts are completely empty. I was planning on getting to the gym 15 minutes before my first class to drop Coura off at childcare and get started on my run. As with all my other plans over the past four months, I was running behind. I got to the gym five minutes before my class started, dropped Coura off, and went and taught class. I did however jump on a treadmill for 15 minutes after class to get the party started!

I visited childcare to feed myself and Coura, changed her, and played with her until it was time to teach my second class. After that class, I jumped on the treadmill for nine more minutes, before heading out to meet my mom at a different gym for part of my bike and leave Coura with her so I can finish my workout.

I biked 33 minutes with my mom, fed and changed Coura, and sent her to spend the afternoon with Grandma! Thank you Mom!

I then got back on the bike for another 13 minutes, jumped on the treadmill for my final 22 minutes, and then headed in to the pool for my 46 minutes swim!!

So yay! I got my entire birthday workout done! My total workout was a little over two hours and 15 minutes, which is my longest work out since I had Coura in June! So although it wasn’t a challenge like in the past (last year’s workout took 6 ½ hours), it was a challenge for me in my new life!

It felt amazing, and I had a blast! It was also the first time in a year that I actually felt like a triathlete! It got me super excited about my upcoming season, and I started thinking about what I want to do for training and racing this year.

After my birthday work out, Matt took me to eat at my favorite restaurant, Native Foods Café, and luckily they were fully stocked with oatmeal cream pies! The perfect end to my birthday workout!

How do you spend your birthday? What do you do to celebrate you?

And thanks for all the birthday messages, posts, and texts!

MY FRIENDS ROCK!

See you next year!

Happy Birthday to Me

Happy Birthday To MeI know a lot of people who don’t celebrate their birthdays, who don’t like to make a big deal about living another year, who are not excited about getting older, and who don’t want everyone to know it’s their special day. I am NOT one of those people.

On my birthday, if you don’t already know it’s my birthday, I will let you know. Even the checkout lady at Whole Foods knows it’s my birthday that day!

And I don’t just celebrate one day, I pretty much celebrate the entire month!

I figure I am the only person I will be with from the day I am born to the day I die. I better learn to love and celebrate me!! Plus…I made it another year. Through smiles and tears, lessons and growth, successes and failures, I am still standing strong! And that, my friend, is something worth celebrating!!

So it’s hard for me to imagine anyone not wanting to live it up on their birthday!! Maybe they aren’t excited about getting older? I am!

My mom got married and had me when she was 20 years old. I can’t even imagine what that would have been like. By the time she was 24 she also had my sister and brother. My dad worked a lot of jobs to keep mac and cheese on the table and my mom was working and taking care of 3 babies. As a kid, I rarely remember seeing my mom happy.

When I was 17, my mom met the man she is now married to. And I finally saw her happy. So yes, this story has a happy ending for her…and me. She gave me hope. If she could be happier at 37 than she was at 27, then so could I. So throughout my teens and twenties, when I felt sad or lost or stuck or unsure, I knew there was light at the end of the tunnel. I knew my life would be better when I got older.

And it has gotten better every single year. I love that I love myself now. I love that I know what I want and I’m not afraid to go for it (and ask for it). I love that I care more about the people I adore and less about the haters. I love that I know myself enough to know I’m not everyone’s cup of tea so I don’t need to be accepted by everyone. And I love that I have people in my life who love me unconditionally, no matter how crazy I get. WOW! That’s a lot of love!

Plus I am in a sport where old people are ROCKING IT and are racing into their 80s. They are active and healthy and fit and loving life. I am excited to be there too!

So YES! I am celebrating hard core! My life matters and I am excited to share it with anyone who will listen. Your life matters too! You matter! You make a difference in the lives of so many people around you. So don’t be a party pooper and be sure to let the world celebrate you too on your special day!

How am I celebrating this year? Well there of course will be magic and fun all month long, but on my actual birthday, November 6th, here is my plan…

Wake up

Swim 4,300 meters

Bike 43 miles

Run 4.3 miles

Eat lunch at Taj Mahal in Fort Collins

Nap

See the new James Bond movie, Spectre

Eat popcorn possibly

Go to bed

Now THAT is the perfect day!!

What are you planning for your next birthday? I hope it’s a little bit of everything you love!!

Happy next birthday to you!

See you soon!!