On Saturday, January 26, I will be participating in an urban triathlon benefitting Rethink Breast Cancer. The Rack-A-Thon is a three-hour fitness challenge: one hour of spinning, intense circuit training and yoga.
Rethink Breast Cancer is a charity dedicated to raising awareness and offering resources and assistance to young families affected by the disease. Founded in 2001, Rethink uses its savvy marketing to inspire a new generation of philanthropy and activism.
A friend had posted the Rack-A-Thon link on her Facebook and on a whim, I clicked on the pink icon to learn more. It was impulsive but I made the commitment . . . and now that it’s only a few weeks away, I am starting to wonder, do I have what it takes or will this Rack make me a wreck?
In an effort to be successful (and procrastinate from my training) I Googled tips to completing fitness goals and I found this list.
1. Make it part of your routine
Check. I can do this. I have almost two hours in the morning when all three kids are at school.
So long as no one has an episode of explosive diarrhea, projectile vomiting, a raging fever, croup, chronic nighttime cough, or develop some weird and unexplainable rash that would prevent them from going to school, I can use this time to train.
I should be able to log a solid three or four mornings over the five weeks.
2. Give yourself permission to spend time on you
Check. I give myself permission to spend time on myself all of the time – it’s the little people in my life who aren’t on board!
3. Set realistic goals
5 weeks to train for an hour of spin, yoga and circuit. That sounds realistic, right?
Check. It took little convincing to get my fitness-junkie sister-in-law on board. She is always game for a good butt kickin’ and her enthusiasm is good motivation.
5. Keep your eyes on the prize
Check. Thinking about the many women and their families who benefit from Rethink make my sweat seem paltry in comparison to their bravery.
6. Make it convenient
Is anything convenient when you have three kids?
7. Fit in work-outs even in your off days
Check. I have three live-in personal trainers who ensure that I never sit for more than a few minutes.
8. Keep it fun
Cardio = Just Dance 4 = Fun
9. Support your goal by getting sleep and eating well
Check. I can do this.
So long as no one has an episode of explosive diarrhea, projectile vomiting, a raging fever, croup, chronic nighttime cough, or develop some weird and unexplainable rash that would prevent them from sleeping, I can use this time to catch up on my z’s.
With our recent track record, I am sure that getting adequate sleep will prove no problem at all. *
*Said dripping with sarcasm and rolling eye
10. Reward yourself
The reward will be completing the challenge and knowing that the funds I have helped to raise will go towards Rethink Breast Cancer’s education, support and research programs.
Check back or follow us on Twitter on Saturday, January 26 for a play-by-play of how I am faring! Do you want to join me and participate in the Rack-A-Thon? Check out Rethink Breast Cancer for more information.
Wish me luck!
this looks cool. Thanks for sharing. Wish I lived in Toronto. Going to do a walk with my mom this year. She is a survivor.
Jennifer – I will be thinking of your mom and women like her! I just checked out your blog and WOW – there some inspiration for me! Yoga lovers do yourself a favour and read through Back To The Sutra. I will be adding it to my feed.
You are going to be great, especially since you spend your days chasing three boys – this fitness challenge will be a breeze in comparison. My next goal is to get you running the Sporting Life 10 km (if your knees allow!).
I know that I am probably jinxing myself but my knee actually feels strong. Maybe those physios know what they are talking about after all! 🙂
I am wondering how getting plenty of rest is going? I had to laugh when I read that part.
I slept from 10:30 pm – 2 am and then saw each hour on the clock while my 2 year old refused to sleep and my 6 year old complained of bad dreams. So, ya. It’s going great! 🙂