Since I stopped work to have the boys, setting and achieving personal goals has been hard.
And I don’t mean finally emptying the laundry basket or single-handedly building the Death Star out of match sticks.
When you work, there are tasks to master, recognition for a job well done and a sense of purpose.
In parent-land it’s groundhog day most of the time. Same chores, different days. No pay rise, no ‘well done!’.
It was my choice to stop work and on the whole I’m glad I did. I need to be there to advocate for BW and he needs me to be around.
A few years ago, a tragic event shattered our family. I put on weight. A LOT of weight. I stopped caring.
One day, I realised the need to be a healthy role model for the boys.
Running became my new jam. It didn’t help me lose weight initially, but mentally it was what I needed.
I had a new goal. Times to be beaten.
Personal Bests to accumulate.
Being a novice and all, I didn’t do it properly, so got injured and had to think of other forms of exercise.
Surprisingly for a lazy cow I actually like being outdoors. Gyms bore me senseless.
I love swimming so switching to triathlon seemed the obvious choice.
In tri, you are running your own race (nothing like watching all the elite athletes sprint past you in a half marathon to make you feel like a snail).
Competitors come in all ages and shapes. And there are lots of women competing too.
I entered a few sprint triathlon (400m swim, 10km bike, 3km run), but naturally it wasn’t enough of a challenge.
So six months after we arrived in Melbourne, I signed up for The Murray Man.
The only long course (2km swim, 80km cycle, 20km run) triathlon in South Australia.
I knew I’d be among the slowest, but I didn’t care.
To finish would be a massive achievement.
Then this happened. I was devastated.
All that hard work. For nothing.
Luckily, I have a knack for picking crazy friends.
S and J were originally coming along to cheer me on, but decided to form a team with me.
I was doing the swim, J was doing the cycle and S was doing the run.
The swim may not seem a big deal, but I HATE open water swimming.
I am TERRIFIED.
Of everything that might be in the water.
I get seasick when it’s choppy and I don’t like being out of my depth.
As my mate Kim would say I am that “sooky lala”.
But I did it and knocked 14 minutes off the time I expected. Barring a migraine from looking at the sun, I felt amazing.
S & J both came under their estimated times.
We came 3rd in our category with a time of 5 hours 41 seconds.
I thought I would feel sad that I hadn’t had the chance to do the race solo, but being part of a team was fantastic.
The most fun you can have without drinking.
And for a gin queen, that is saying something.
Do you like to set yourself challenges? I’d love to hear from you!