I've been "training" for a local triathlon sprint. I use quotes because actual training would imply that I've been swimming more than 30 minutes a week, or that I've been on my bike more than 3 times in the past two years (which I hadn't until this week). My sisters (both marathoner/cyclists) and I have talked a lot about this kind of half-assed training, and what's behind it. I think its two-fold. I ran track in high school, but in college quit after the first year when I felt like the nerves were too much. Running had become a chore instead of fun. So, on one hand, even now I feel like as long as I don't take training too seriously then I can continue to feel relaxed and enjoy the exercise.
Also, if I don't train I don't have to expect much of myself. I have an easy out for when I don't do very well. Except really what kind of an out is that, "I didn't do well because I was too lazy to train properly" Hmmn, not very righteous. The other problem is, I won't really get to know how well I could have done. My sister in WA posted about this same thing recently here. I'm still not really sure how I feel about the whole thing. I don't feel like I want competition and training to be forefront in my life right now (and clearly its not) but I also don't want to be someone who never tries her hardest for fear of failing. That's not a good habit to get into, and its not a good model for my kids either. But really I'm not even sure if it is worth all this processing.
It is what it is. And right now its a triathlon in 7 days that I feel pretty unprepared for.
But, I am also stronger and more fit than I've been in years, learning to like cycling, and enjoying the feeling of moving fast--with no one attached to my body or whining beside me, even if it is only a couple times a week. I guess that's not so bad.
Though I may feel differently next Saturday.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Does anyone else do this too?