Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Marbles

These three swimsuits I had already
Has anybody out there found some marbles? If so, could you please mail them to me? Because I think I lost them. Fully and completely!

No, I haven't bought a house. No, I haven't gotten married on the sly. No, I haven't gotten pierced in places where no human being should ever get pierced. Instead, I have signed up to get fit. 

Nice new pink running shoes
I hear you think right now: that is not a bad idea, getting fit. In fact, it is a very good idea. And I do agree with you there. And when I first heard about it, I thought, sounds good. And then I thought: madness. And then I started to wonder...

Let me start at the beginning. A few weeks ago there was the annual health test at work. Two lovely young ladies come in to take blood pressure, measure our blood sugar levels and cholesterol and to weigh us. As usual I was fine with everything except the weight (big surprise), coming in at a BMI of over 36. Which is not good. 

Animal print, wow!
The next day there was a notice on our notice board. The health people were looking for a man, a woman and a team to get fit. Follow the link. Which I did, because I want to get fit. They not only talked about getting fit, they talked about getting fit to do a triathlon at the end of the summer. 

A TRIATHLON!!

That is swimming, cycling and running. The last time I swam must be last century. I only ever cycled at a sedate pace and the last time I ran was when I needed the loo. Badly. 

Yep, it's a new bike!
At first I thought madness, but I kept thinking about it. And then I thought, if they think I can get fit enough before the end of August: show me! I will do my best as well. So I signed up. 

Signing up wasn't the only thing needed however, I needed to write a little something about myself and then I had to picked out of a long list of women wanting to get fit, including one of my own colleagues. 

But I got the call last week saying I got in. I was picked out of 20 women. I will get a talk with a physiotherapist to decide what sort of training plan would work best for me and my body. I will have one swimming session a week, one running session and one cycling session. Plus a lot more besides. 

Oswin agrees: safety first!
I will be doing the full triathlon, which will be 750 meters swimming in a lake, 20 kilometers cycling and then 5 kilometers running. If I have to come in crawling so be it, but I will be coming in!! 

Marbles, please??

14 comments:

  1. Oh, wow, this is awesome! I'm so excited for you, and I'm looking forward to reading about your progress! (I haven't found any loose marbles rolling around!)

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  2. I am so excited for you and I love the new outfits and equipment. You go girl!!!

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  3. I look forward to hearing all about your journey, Mara.

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  4. Hari OM
    I love triathlon... to watch.. I'll be on the sidelines cheering ya on kiddo!!! &*<> YAM xx

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    1. I'll have to check the crowds then!

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  5. Crikey Mara ..... how good is that?? You have a great attitude so you WILL do this!! You'll LOVE it too. Many years ago now I, too, was determined to get fit and stay fit. I entered a 14 klm fun run and started training. I competed in that fun run and many, many others. I lost loads of weight and enjoyed every minute of my runs. It was hard at first but it becomes a part of your life. I'm ancient now and don't run any more but I do still exercise on an exercise bike and treadmill and for my age I think I am pretty fit. You won't regret your decision. Just enjoy it and have fun but don't let it become an obsession!! Triathlons .... oh my ..... that is quite the challenge, aye?? Charlie's Mum, Lynn

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    1. If I can loose some weight, go walking with friends and colleagues without them having to wait for me and buy regular sized clothes, I will be happy. Getting fit and doing this triathlon is a thing of epic proportions. At least in my mind it is!!

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    2. It's epic alright, Mara!! But I just somehow know you are going to succeed. I'll be cheering you on every inch of the way.

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  6. BRAVO... this will be GRRREAT.

    PeeS... we don't have your marbles... butt we think you are just FINE with or Without them.

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  7. OMG. That sounds like an awfully ambitious task.

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  8. Ha! You have NOT lost your marbles! This is wonderful! If you were ever to stand at the finish line for a tri or road race you would notice that, not at the front but further back, there are people who look just like you who are completing it! There is a certain part of it at the beginning of your training where you need to do the work to get physically prepared for the journey. And you are lucky enough to do it with trainers who will be helping as well as others from your work! No, you will not be one of the first to cross the finish line but as long as you cross it you are a winner! Actually, as long as you line up to start you are a winner in my book cuz many others do not even dare to start. We will be waving our pom poms for you because we know you will be able to do it. Remember, mind over matter . . . if you don't mind then it doesn't matter! You CAN do it!! YAY!!

    Murphy & Stanley's old mom who runs 13 miles every Monday and their ancient dad who runs 14 miles every Monday.

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  9. I did see several packages of marbles at the store just yesterday. None appeared to be imported form The Netherlands nor Norway. Looking forward to this big adventure for you.

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    1. My Mum was about to send a package of marbles to me. Instead she called me instead!

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