Overall, let me start by saying I LOVE working out. I have a lot of energy and I feel great when I work out. The endorphins are truly beneficial for me. I guess this was not always the case, but since 2012 it has been.
In 2012, my husband (boyfriend at the time) told me to get a hobby and I decided I wanted to do triathlons. Between 2012 – 2018 I have completed:
- Several 5Ks / 10Ks
- 12 Sprint Distance Triathlons
- 10 Olympic Distance Triathlons
- 3 10 miler running races
- 15 Half Marathons
- 4 Half Distance (70.3) Triathlons – Half Ironman
- 8 Marathons
- 2 Full Distance (140.6) Triathlons – Ironman
I am telling you this to disclose my background as it relates to working out and fitness as I do believe my past experience has a bearing on my postpartum journey which I will be sharing with you all.
In addition to running races / participating in triathlons, I love to attend fitness classes that involve cardio, strength and make me sweat. I have been a member of ClassPass since 2015 and I still thing its the best thing since sliced bread! Some of my favorite studios/ fitness gyms in Philadelphia are Flywheel, Crossfit 2 St, Unite Fitness, Ripped PHL, and Allongee. However, I have been to 50+ studios and over 300 classes since joining. If you don’t know anything about ClassPass, it basically allows you to buy a membership of credits and the credits can be used to attend various fitness studios in your city. I love it because it gives me variety in my fitness routine which prevents me from getting bored with my workouts.
Despite being ‘fit’ and loving to race I have never been fast and the only competition I have during these races is myself. I was in my best shape in 2015 when I was prepping for my wedding while training for my first Ironman.
I am now 16 weeks postpartum and no where near the fittest I have ever been, but I realize it is going to be a journey and I plan to share this journey with you all.