A fitness announcement

Training: Swim 1km / Run 6km I have a big (but scary) fitness announcement to make! But before I get to that, let me share tonight’s dinner with you. Over the weekend we picked up a couple local pork steaks. And what goes better with pork than … cabbage! IMG_0210 I sautéed half a shredded cabbage with sesame oil, tamari, garlic, ginger and lemon juice until the cabbage had wilted. Then, just before serving, I stirred through a handful of fresh coriander. IMG_0212 Meanwhile, Mr BBB was busy cooking the pork steaks to perfection. IMG_0213  Served atop the sautéed cabbage. IMG_0216 Oh my – the moist pork worked beautifully with the cabbage that was rich in citrus and sour flavours. IMG_0217        The ginger also gave a lovely (yet not overpowering) flavour to the cabbage. Such a simple (and quick) dish, but oh so tasty.  One that we will definitely make again. But now…..my fitness announcement… You might have noticed that at the start of this post I recorded a double work-out today. Well blog world… I am officially in training for a half ironman! For some time now, I have had a goal that “one” day I would like to complete a half ironman – the Canberra Half Ironman to be precise. A triathlon race consisting of a 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run.  Certainly a race that far exceeds any race that I have done before. In a moment of clarity, or perhaps it was a moment of insanity, I figured there is no better time like the present! Until I realised the race is on 12 December 2010 – which is exactly 14 weeks away. Now, before I get too far ahead of myself, I would like explain a self-imposed condition on my decision a little more. While I am officially in training for this event, I would be lying if I said  I wasn’t concerned about the level of training that is required. IMG_0209 Working full time, wanting to spend time with Mr BBB,  having other hobbies and knowing that I have some work travel coming up – are all causing me some concern. This was only heightened when I sat down to draw up my training program and realised that most days have not one but two training sessions. However, I am really keen to take on this huge challenge and race on the 12th December. So, rather than put too much pressure on myself, I have decided to give myself 5 weeks of solid training before I make a final decision whether to race. If, after 5 weeks I find that I am able to maintain the necessary work / life / training balance – then I will officially enter the race. However, if  it all gets too much, then I will defer my participation in the race until another year and focus on shorter races this season instead. Either way, I hope that you will be patient with me over the next 5 weeks as I step up the training and see what this  ol’ body (and mind) is capable of.  Bring it on I say! Happy Baking 🙂

26 thoughts on “A fitness announcement

  1. I know how much time and focus training can take, but I think once you start, you will be addicted and you won't want to stop. At least that's how it is for me.

    Good luck!

  2. This is awesome I had a similar program before a big hike last year.

    Half way though I started struggling and it turned out I was anaemic, so make sure you eat plenty of iron!

  3. A friend of mine went from sedentary and having knee problems to completing the half ironman in Singapore in under 6 hours… with just about the same amount of time to train as you're looking at–and you're in way better shape to begin with.

    You'll rock it if you want to! Good luck!

  4. Wow, that's some training schedule. I think you've got the right idea to try it out first, esp when life seems to get even crazier in the run up to Christmas. Having said that, I'm sure you'll do fantastic with your training.

    Libby

  5. Wow! EPIC 🙂 I love the half-iron distance- definitely my favourite!

    Given the little time you have I would DEFINITELY advise to cut back on the plan a bit-especially for these first 5 weeks or so. I'm a little further away from my "A" half ironman (my "B" one is in 9 weeks!!) and I've only just moved onto 7-day weeks, and no 2-a-days at all (yet). Your running is solid, so you could skip one of those midweek runs if you're feeling stretched. Let me know if you want any training tips!

  6. ohhh this is SO EXCITING!! i dont wanna get too excited and jinx anything but i know you can do this!! we're all here cheering you on, ur cheer squad is ready when u need it <3 XOXO

  7. Oh wow, congratulations and good luck!! Do let me know more details about the race as we get closer and, if I'm able, I'll come cheer you on at the end! Go you! Woot! 🙂

  8. woo-hooo!! Best of luck! You can do it! oh and please do share some of your swim training sessions, I need help and inspiration in that department 🙂

  9. how awesome!! i saw one day, too 🙂 I need to get some things figured out with my hips first… i'm hoping to jump up to olympics next summer. good luck!! can't wait to see how things go 🙂

  10. Absolutely fantastic news – a huge challenge but one you are certainly capable of, I'm sure. Can't wait to hear how you go with everything! Have fun with it babe! 🙂 x

  11. Oh wow, I am in such awe! I find it so hard to even get myself to go over to Yoga lessons and here you are training for half iron man! It's not something I could even dream of!

    Good luck with it tho, I'm sure you'll do great =)

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