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The Disobedient Athlete

I chose to skip my workout today.  And yesterday.  And I don’t think that I have actually been in the pool in over a week. (Maybe longer? Eeeek…)

And I have 14 days until my next 70.3, and I have spent the week completely unraveling. Traveling and unraveling.

A deliberate skip of a key workout today?  Not me.

Or is it?  Oh, yes it is. 


Because sitting on the couch all morning with my two kiddos underneath a wooly blanket… in the first “cool” morning of the season.

Why would I be on a bike today?

Sometimes I go through periods of disobedience. Call it burnout. Call it tired. Call it stress.

Whatever it is, the Expert and I slept in (until 8:30) and spent the day with the kids at Stone Mountain.  Instead of riding. Instead of doing anything “healthy” for us.

Except this was pretty darn healthy for the soul:



Coach Monster left me a message, “I am at All3Sports and I see your bike on the rack here.”  (Meaning, he knew I wasn’t riding.)

I texted him, “I didn’t really do anything triathlon today. Took the kids to Stone Mountain.”

He wrote back, “Well, it is Swim Bike MOM.”


I am a disobedient athlete today.

And that’s okay.

Because I wouldn’t have traded this for the world.

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Sometimes I have to give myself permission to just be. To breathe. Even when the timing is less than opportune. Even if it involves cookies.

That’s okay.

Tomorrow starts a new round of Whole 30.  [Yes, I realize I said that a week ago.]

But sometimes, the best we can do is just pick up and keep on trucking.


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