I wasn’t the only one to take a hiatus from triathlon this year while pregnant with Ironbaby!
I have to admit I went through a few emotional rollercoaster rides this year since I wasn’t able to do any triathlons. Of course, happy healthy baby is my #1 goal for the year. I’m thankful for that! My Ironbaby finish line is drawing near, and I’ll soon be getting back into training mode when I recover.
I still felt like there was something missing, though. After going from one extreme (Ironman training) to the next (pregnancy!), I couldn’t help but feel like I was missing out just a little bit this year.
2017 was the year of the pregnant triathlete.
Gold Medalist Triathlete Gwen Jorgensen and Ironman Kona Champion Mirinda Carfrae also took the year off from triathlon during their pregnancies. Not that I’m close to being in their league, but I quickly realized that it’s ok to slow down and step back for a bit!
Well, I admit I did try to compare myself to Gwen just a little bit. I read that she was running 60+ miles a week in the first trimester, and much more than that as her pregnancy progressed. I thought I should be able to still run as much as I wanted. I was wrong. I didn’t even run close to that mileage NOT pregnant, but I knew my body’s limits and stopped while I was ahead!
I was blessed with a healthy pregnancy – and I’m truly grateful.
I’m nearing 40. I know I’m not as young as I was when I was pregnant with my 3 boys. I didn’t work out when I was pregnant with Oldest Son or Middle Son. My pregnancy with Youngest Son started off great, and I anticipated keeping up with my workouts and running through the entire 9 months. I had a bout with placenta previa at 16 weeks (which thankfully resolved itself). However, I was still on restricted activity after that and could not run or lift weights for the remainder of the pregnancy.
My pregnancy with Ironbaby has been a different story. I’ve had zero complications, and no restrictions. With my midwife’s approval, I was able to continue running and lifting, riding on my trainer as long as everything continued going good.
I ran the Lincoln Half Marathon in May at 19 weeks pregnant. Then, I did the Cornfield Cornfield 10K in June at 24 weeks pregnant. There were no PRs, but I was just so thankful to be able to do those races.
Pregnant triathlete problems: round ligament pain and bladder control!
When I hit the 3rd trimester in July, round ligament pain started setting in and it was harder to run with a baby bouncing on my bladder. Even riding my bike on my trainer started to become a huge challenge. I was just uncomfortable, and my growing belly made it hard to enjoy riding.
It was time to pull back and listen to my body.
Nowadays, I walk 2-3 miles a day. The dog LOVES this! I also lift weights at least once a week. I taught group fitness classes until July. I feel great, and know I’m so lucky to be healthy enough to continue working out.
I miss running though. A lot. And, I miss my bike. I think my bike misses me too, but we’ll be back together again before I know it.
As my due date nears, I can’t help but look back at last year’s timeline.
One of my reflections from 2016 that showed up on my Facebook memory feed this week, was my epic PR that I had at the Des Moines Triathlon. I crushed my goal of breaking a 3 hour Olympic triathlon by over 12 minutes. Though I missed competing in that race this year, I can – and WILL – do it again!
A year ago, I was gearing up for my “peak week” in my 20-week training schedule for Ironman Louisville. I did my 100 mile bike ride on Saturday (with a 10-minute run after), followed by a 20-mile run and 4000 yard swim on Sunday. I’ll do it again.
This weekend’s plans – if I’m not having a baby – include walking, nesting, and enjoying time with my family. These days, I can barely run 1/10 of a mile without my round ligaments screaming in pain. Or peeing my pants.
And that’s ok.
Well, not the peeing my pants part, but knowing that I have been truly humbled by my body’s limitations as a pregnant triathlete. Knowing that family still comes first, and it’s ok to slow down a little bit and focus on my Hubby and my kids. Triathlon will still be there next year, and I’m excited for my post-Ironbaby comeback!