Thank you to Nicole DeBoom for including me as one of her Belly Tales on the Skirt Sports blog.
An excerpt from the post:
Listen to Your Body – Sari Anderson’s Belly Tale
November 3, 2011
I need to start by saying this – Sari Anderson is a stud. She is a two-time national mountain bike champion, the 2006 Adventure Race World Champion, a badass trail runner, ski mountaineer and an Xterra Winter World Champ. Somewhere along the way, she also managed to pop out two kiddos! And then to top it off, she got right back on the trails and after being selected as one of Outside Magazine’s “Fittest Real Athletes,” she was invited at the last minute to join the reigning XPD Adventure Racing World Championship team in Tasmania for this year’s event. Yes, she just left a few days ago.
So in other words, Sari Anderson is hard-core. Having kids has not slowed her down one bit. While I cannot claim to have maintained Sari’s level of workouts during my pregnancy, my favorite take-away from her story is her insistence that no matter what level of athlete you are, you need to listen to your body.
I thought about this concept for a while. Listen to your body. This is something I have told countless athletes who I’ve prepped for various events over the years. I have come to lean on this phrase because as an athlete, I understand what it means. It should be simple, right? Don’t get injured – Listen to your body. Don’t get dehydrated – Listen to your body. Don’t bonk – Listen to your body.
What I failed to remember is that the first time you ever try something new, you have no idea what you are listening for! So while I agree…Read more of the story.
The pregnancy is coming to an end. I found out this morning that I will be induced on Tuesday morning unless of course something happens sooner. I will be 38 weeks tomorrow so this little guy has thankfully had two additional weeks of gestation over Juniper. All is well with the little man but he is not getting enough space to grow inside so best to get him out where he grow as much as possible.
Although I will be taking today and tomorrow off from training, I have had a great and active pregnancy. I went for a trail run as recently as Wednesday, skied last Sunday, hiked with Juniper in the pack on Thursday and Friday, and rode my bike yesterday. Yes, I’m extremely thankful I was able to do all this right until the end.
I have said it all along (and acted on it) but I feel very strongly that pregnancy is not a disease and not a reason to stop exercising. I have slowed and brought the intensity down significantly but have made sure to get out do what I love whenever I had the energy. Some of my friends and family think I’m crazy and that I should enjoy the time off but that would be miserable for me.
I’m looking forward to meeting the newest addition to our family and enjoying some time getting to know him. Then I will be itching to get back in shape as soon as possible and add some intensity to my training again.
The last day of winter brought true winter weather with new snow and lots of wind but that didn’t mean the first day of spring had to disappoint. Although Saturday was a little chilly, we had bluebird skies and dry roads for a family road ride. It is almost perfect for Ian to tow Juniper in the Chariot while I ride at a nice easy pace at nine months pregnant. Ian was able to get in a good two hour training ride with a nice push up a long hill while I enjoyed drafting the Chariot and staying comfortable.
Spring skiing has officially begun and since the little man has decided to stay put in my belly, we decided to take full advantage of much warmer temperatures today. After skiing some runs with the kiddos, the adults set up a great barbecue along the parking lot at West Buttermilk to basque in the sun and hang out.
Sufficiently full of food and fun, Ian headed out for another great road ride on the way home. It was so nice out this afternoon that I couldn’t hold back and had to get out for a ride myself once Ian made it home. It was my first road ride alone this year (no Chariot, no husband) and it was great to be out again. Despite a case of major indigestion and heartburn on my ride, it made me less anxious for the delivery of this child. I’ve been enjoying riding so much right now and am not looking forward to the break that I will need to take once he is born. The longer he stays put, the more riding I can do. Selfish? Yes, but healthier for all involved!
Anniversary Ride - 36.5 weeks pregnant
Juniper and I made it out for a gorgeous ride this afternoon and even were able to meet up with Ian for awhile. What an awesome way to spend our anniversary – preggo riding!
Also celebrating our anniversary today. Happy Anniversary to the best dad!
I’ve made it past the point in my last pregnancy when Juniper was born which is a good thing for baby but tough on my mind. I kind of feel like I’m past due at this point and very ready for the delivery. But since that is probably still another week or two away, I’ve been taking advantage of the warm and sunny days.
I enjoyed a nice muddy four mile trail run yesterday and am prepping for a road ride with Juniper in a little while (before the 8-18″ of snow comes back tomorrow). At this point, I’m realizing more everyday how lucky I am to still be able to be this active this late in the pregnancy. Although I’ll admit I’m a bit cranky to still be pregnant, at least I have my running and riding to keep me same. Hopefully I can continue right up to delivery day this time as well!