After putting the kids down last night, the Expert and I rode side by side on our respective spin bike and trainer. He dusted off his road bike and hooked it up, and I tried out the new ProForm bike, which was part of my Christmas. I jammed some Eminem and he watched Star Wars II, but we were still doing something productive
Working out together felt awesome, especially since we (Athena and Clyde
– our nicknames – you know I love nicknames) entered St. Anthony’s together. We have not done a workout together in a long time – it’s difficult with full time jobs and children to carve out time for a “real” workout together
. Sure, we can take the kids to the park and jog, but there’s always sippy cups being thrown, stops for diaper changes. Therefore, working out alone seems to be a more thorough workout.
I started out on this journey by myself – to start training in triathlon – but I am excited at the possibility of a training partner, and especially if that partner turns out to be MY partner.
I also understand there is great value in having one’s own sport/hobby/activity, so I am fine with it either way. Still doesn’t mean that we can’t workout together and inspire each other. Inspiring each other = we have never been super successful at accomplishing. The two of us are all “rah rah” when it comes to career and education and parenting, but the Expert and I have been giant excuses for each other when our health and working out.
2011 promises to change that for old Athena and Clyde. Side by side cycling is a huge start.
In other news, I came across this old picture of me from my weightlifting days.
Hmmm. Circa 1997? Look at my stomach. Abs? Really? I have no idea what happened to those. Oh yeah… pizza, beer, children, stress and overall ickiness!
The nutty part about this picture is that I remember thinking I looked fat when it was taken. Fat. Oh, if eighteen year old Athena could have seen what fat could really be.
Which brings me to my next point: the junction of mind/body togetherness
. I will probably brush on this issue for the vast majority of the whole SBM blog, and if I find the answer, then I will make millions.
In 2011, I want my mental diminuitiveness to diminish. For my mind to believe
that my body is strong, injury free and capable of St. Anthony’s, or whatever is next
. I want to live in a state of striving contentment. To me, this is a state of complete gratefulness
at what I have (health, family) and using my gratefulness and abilities to simply do better. Not be the best at whatever random task of the day arrives. Just be a better version of me. I guess that’s the law of attraction principle at work. And the spirit of gratitude is
the secret to the law of attraction. When I feel sad or inspired, that’s the stuff I keep coming back to: gratitude. Sounds good to me.