It all starts with a phone call.
A lululemon conference call, to be exact. It goes a little something like this…"Hey guys, we're going to make some swimsuits. We need some peeps to test them out. Any of you swim?".
It'd been a while, but I swam in high school. 'Perfect', I thought to myself. I'd been trying to figure out a way to reach out to the triathlete crowd in my new hometown, North County San Diego. So armed with a borrowed pair of goggles, my lululemon polka dot one-piece and butterflies in my stomach, I walked into my first master swim.
Flash-forward a year, I’m swimming 10-12 miles a week, running and now biking! Who would have thought it?? Certainly not me. But the truth is, it's fun. Really fun. The people are great, the community's tight, and you get a ton of opportunities to be out in nature. Granted, sometimes nature is windy and cranky, but most of the time she's sunny, warm and happy to have your company (at least in San Diego).
things are a changin’
Now, it’s not all fun and games. I'm tired…a lot! I go to bed earlier. I bought a foam roller. And, depending on how you look at it, my yoga practice has suffered some serious setbacks.
things i’m picking up on
• Recovery Day – hands down, the best day of the week
• GU – at first I had to choke it down, now its my sweet friend
• ART – Active Release Technique, it hurts so good
• If invited to a triathlete party that starts at 7:30pm, show up on time. They’re gone by 9:45pm
• Run stairs, what?
things i wasn’t prepared for
• Falling into bed at 9:30pm
• Ever-shrinking hamstrings
• Chlorine-green highlights
• Wanting to eat everything in sight, all of the time
The funny thing is that I’m a yogi at heart. I’m so NOT hard-core. (I watch people do Cross Fit and shudder!) I love the union of breath and movement and how balanced I feel when my practice is consistent. See this picture?
This is me in one of my favorite yoga poses. My biggest goal of the year is two-fold - finish 3 triathlons and STILL be able to do this pose by Oct 1, 2009. Stay tuned to see how it goes! Any tips for me? I’m all ears!