Why Fitness Will Never Define Me

It is safe to say that cycling has become my favorite thing. During Saturday’s ride, I was completely in love with every second. Im super thankful that I’m healthy enough to ride  and that I live in the perfect place to do it. Exercising has become a huge part of my life. Its  the first thing I do when I wake up and it’s something i think about during all of my free time. I love feeling healthy and fit, and I can run on the adrenaline from a good ride for hours afterwards.

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But what if that was all taken away from me?

Despite how much I love exercising, I’m thankful that it doesn’t define me. I am a cyclist, but I am first and foremost a sinner saved by grace. A Christian.

The best part about that is knowing that it will never require a skill on my part. I am a cyclist because of what I do, but I am a Christian because of what I can’t do. God didn’t save me because of my “skills,” He saved me so I could simply be His.

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I’m sharing this because I think it’s a good reminder for all of us with earthly goals. We are always enough, regardless of our accomplishments. Yes, we need to be responsible about our health and mindful of what we do to our bodies, but we are not worth any less if we don’t deadlift 200 lbs, or need to skip a workout. That’s why its important to know what defines you, and it’s also important to not compare yourself to others.

But that can go both ways. You are not worth more than anyone who runs less than you or who eats more cookies than you. Lets not major on the minors.

The point is that cycling and health are beautiful things. They are meant to be enjoyed, but are they really the most important thing?

I am by no means a deep guru of wisdom, but I think I have needed to set my priorities straight lately. My life is much more enjoyable when I’m on the right track, so I thought I’d share this with you.

I hope your day is a great one!

So tell me… do you agree?

First Sprint Triathlon Recap — Finally

Good morning!

I’m really sorry about the lateness of this post. 5 days too late, actually. I’d like to blame it on all of my responsible school work, but the truth is I could have spent less time eating muffins and gotten this post to you on time. Oh well. I’ll make up for it later with a delicious new recipe 🙂

So last Sunday I participated in my first Sprint Triathlon. It was miserable yet completely wonderful all at the same time- you have to experience it for yourself to know what I mean.

Right before the start- my freezing cold #17 leg.

Right before the start- my freezing cold #17 leg.

The temperature was in the 40s when I first got to the race and things were just starting to warm up when the race started. I definitely froze my butt off in that water, even though it was warmer than the air.

You can see my goosebumps from here. Well, I can anyway.

You can see my goosebumps from here. Well, I can anyway.

I’m very disappointed in my swim time. I was entirely out of my element in that atmosphere and when I rewatch a video of my start I can’t help but shake my head that I looked that pathetic. It was like everything I know about swimming went right out the window and I was simply in survival mode trying to keep warm and get the heck out of that water without dying from an asthma attack. I was very choppy in my stroke and as a result I fell pretty far behind my wave.

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Cycling was my one redeeming factor — I even managed to finish in goal time (50 minutes.) That, and my transition times were some of the fastest out of anyone there since I didn’t have to take off a wetsuit and I didn’t change to cycling shoes.

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I was so cold I was shaking for almost the entire bike ride but, I still managed to regain some ground and pass several people on climbs. There were several hills on the course which definitely worked to my advantage — I may be slow in most areas, but I can power over hills like nobody’s business. All those 4 min wall sits on leg days weren’t for nothing.

Unfortunately, the course was not marked well — I missed a loop and had to turn around which put me back a few minutes.

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My run pace was about 1-2 min slower than I wanted. In training I always did a 9 min mile and I felt great, but I just couldn’t hold that during the race. Towards the end of the run I picked up the speed because I FINALLY stopped shaking and warmed up.

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My time was 2:03 — about 20 minutes longer than I wanted but I’m still happy I finished! Apparently I was 2nd in my age group but I have a feeling that was more of a “default” thing due to the fact that not many people my age did the race.

I celebrated with a plain beef patty for breakfast — another “first” for me.

Overall it was a great experience and everything that I hoped it would be. I enjoyed the scenery on the bike and run — it was all along the coast and it was breathtaking– and the racing environment is really fun, too. I’ll definitely be doing more races in the future — hopefully during a slightly warmer time of year, though 🙂

So today I’m back to the usual Friday routine– cooking, eating, and homework. I’ve got some good recipes in store for you guys!

Question of the day:

How did your first big race go?

A Friday in the Life

Friday’s are awesome.

Mine started as usual with an ab workout-today was a circuit with russian twist variations, and crunches AMRAP for 30 minutes (yeah, I speak cross-fit sometimes when I want people to think I lift heavy things…) followed by bicep exercises for time, followed by a 5 min plank workout.

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Followed by FOOD (that’s not a crossfit acronym–I mean a lot of food)

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Those up there are just a teaser of a recipe that’s coming tomorrow. I know, I’m mean.

I made them for second breakfast and ate only about 15 of them.

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Next I made salads for mom and I for lunch. Confession: I also had some peanut butter toast. Sometimes I like starchy carbs other than zucchini. I can hear a gasp of outrage from the Paleo section right now. Sorry, guys.

Later it was time for errands. I picked up my school supplies, textbooks, and also some ingredients for another recipe I’m hoping to perfect this weekend…

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I’m not sure why I went Laker’s colors for my notebooks this year… it just kind of happened that way. Also, I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but something is telling me that I’m going to love that class…

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Next it was dinner time, so I made my family’s favorite fish recipe. It’s this Mediterranean Fish from The Gluten Free Goddess. It’s kind of genius.

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I was too busy wiping drool off of my face to get a really good picture.

Next on the agenda is apples and peanut butter and resting up for tomorrow’s workout- I’m going to ride 15 miles to a track, work on sprints, ride back, and eat everything.

Question of the day:

What was your favorite thing you ate this fine Friday?

Mine was definitely my newest creation… that I will be revealing tomorrow so stay tuned!