Heyyy!! Sorry for being completely MIA these past fews days. The internet connection at triathlon camp was non-existent so blogging was totally out of the question. Plus, I was going non-stop, so there would have been zero time to blog anyways.
Camp was amazing! So much fun and I learned a ton. I’ll give you all a little rundown of how the weekend went:
1:00pm – check in
2:00pm – running hill workout (<–I gotta work on these.)
3:30pm – break/snack
4:00pm – bike skills (<–I am a complete newby on the road bike!)
6:00pm – dinner (<–tacos, babaayy)
6:30pm – open water swimming talk
7:30pm – nutrition talk
9:30pm – sleeeeeep! (<–I haven’t slept this good in so long. Best night of sleep ever, dare I say?)
So Friday was a good day 🙂 I was just super tired because of going to bed at 3:30am (I went to the midnight premiere of Paranormal Activity 3-let’s not talk about that movie) plus we had a 4 hour drive. But overall, a good day!
8:00am – 2 hr bike ride
10:00am – break/snack
10:30am – open water swim (<–water wasn’t too cold. thank goodness I had the wetsuit though)
1:00pm – lunch (<–make your own sandwiches and chili)
2:00pm – transition practice (<–there is a big learning curve to this!)
3:30pm – break/snack
4:00pm – run (I went with the 6 miler. in one word: horrible. yeah, lets not talk about this one anymore)
6:00pm – dinner (<–pasta and salad)
6:30pm – another talk about random yet useful stuff
10:00pm – sleeeeep! (<–once again, an amazing night of sleep)
Saturday was a jam packed day! There was always something to do and boy was I tired by the end of the day.
7:30am – bike ride to run
10:00am – break/snack
10:30am – open water swim (<–wayyy colder! eeep!)
12:00pm – lunch (make your own sandwiches)
1:00pm – say our goodbyes and leave 😦
Even though today was a shorter day, it wasn’t any easier. But still…fun fun fun!
Overall, I LOVED CAMP! There was about 30 campers so it was very personalized. The coaches were amazing. There were 3 professionals, 2 tri coaches, and a 2004 Olympian! I learned so much and I would do it again in a heartbeat!
There are a ton of things I learned about triathlons but that is boring stuff that I’m sure you don’t want to hear about. So instead, I wanted to share some other things I learned…about life:
1) Eating stuff like white pasta, cookies, and non-organic chicken won’t kill you. Not gonna lie, I was a little apprehensive about the whole lunch/dinner situation. I wasn’t sure what food they would have, where it came from, or how it was prepared. While at meal times, I noticed that the coaches (including the pros and Olympians) were eating all these foods. White pasta? Yep. A cookie? Heck yeah. Non-organic chicken? Of course. Does that mean I ate these foods and that fear is gone? No. I still have that fear but that puts my mind at ease a little bit to let me know that it is really okay.
2) Athletes come in all shapes and sizes. The 3 pro triathletes were all different sizes. One was a guy, and 2 were women. The women were mind blowing. They weren’t stick thin. They weren’t sticklers for health. They were what women should be like. They worked out and they ate. Yes, they even ate white pasta and cookies!
3) Don’t take life so seriously. There were lots of mess ups over the weekend. Spills on the bike, getting lost on trails, anxiety in the water. But with every mess up, people got up and laughed it off. They didn’t dwell on it. They kept on going, with a smile on their face. This is how life should be. When a mess up comes up, laugh it off, and move on. It will be okay.
4) Nobody is perfect. That’s right…nobody. Even the coaches messed up at times. They even told us some funny stories about some of their best mess up moments. And you know what they did about it? They laughed. They didn’t act perfect because they aren’t. And neither is any person.
This weekend has made me so much stronger…physically and mentally. When I think about my life a year ago, I want to cringe. I was so miserable…I didn’t want to go on anymore. Now, I love life. That’s right people…I LOVE LIFE. I am actually tearing up a little bit while writing this post because I am so happy of the progress I have made. Never would I have though that I would have come this far. But guess what? I have. It wasn’t easy and there are still days where it is hard. But right now, I love life and I wouldn’t change a thing about it.
When other people see that I am happy…I know that I am truly happy 🙂