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.
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!
March in Colorado is often beautiful and so far this March has not disappointed. It’s been really nice to be able to get out during the last weeks of the pregnancy and enjoy some sunshine while exercising. Although I spent Monday in the pool, the rest of the week has brought great runs and trail hikes with Juniper in the pack.
Juniper and I hiked up the Scout Trail in Glenwood Springs this morning for a great steep hike as well as to see how the snow is melting up there. Despite only dirt showing behind us in the photo, the trail is nowhere near dry and is surprisingly very snowy. About four or five years ago, Ian, myself and a few friends decided to ride Forrest Hollow to the Scout Trail in late March. After a very warm March that year, the Scout Trail was very dry but Forrest Hollow became a trek through rotten snow with our bikes.
I’m not sure the Scout Trail will be ready this year at the end of the month but I’m psyched to be out hiking it while the weather is so nice. Hiking will become difficult with both kids as I’m not sure anyone makes a double pack or that I would actually want to carry one. With just four weeks left until the due date (and only a few days until the mark when Juniper joined the world) I hope to get some more hiking in mixed with some good runs and road rides.
As my pregnancy starts to wind down, I find myself trying to get in as much family time as possible before we are all too tired to function very well. Juniper and I have been skiing a few days a week enjoying the excitement together. At this point I have no idea how many more times I’ll make it on the hill with her this year, so I’m trying to get out as much as possible. The level of skiing is perfect for my pregnant skiing and allows me not to overdo it.
We’ve also been enjoying the plowed bike path between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale both for road rides for Ian and I as well as for Juniper to get out on her Strider. I’ve been getting in some training when I have the time and energy which is most days but every once in a while I just need to succumb to the couch. I actually swam yesterday for the first time in this pregnancy and didn’t feel too slow.
Now that the snow is falling again and the rocks have destroyed the commute to work, I’ll be working from home and cherishing the extra time with Juniper.
Exhausted from an epic day of skiing.
I’m not sure this pregnancy has gone fast per say but I do only have six weeks left to my due date. And the scary thing is I only have two weeks
left to the point when Juniper was born. Let’s hope this little guy holds on a bit longer than she did.
Since our trip to Florida a few weeks ago and getting back on the road bike a bunch, I’ve been riding the bike a lot more. Unfortunately all these rides have been inside on the trainer but with the miles put in while in Florida, I am feeling very good on the bike. Maybe I’ll be able to get in enough base miles before the baby is born that after a few weeks off the bike I’ll still feel decent. I’ve also been getting out for some snowy trail runs a few times a week and am really psyched to still be running. I ran and rode right up until the day Juniper was born and I hope I will feel well enough this time to continue for the next month or so.
Juniper has also been keeping me very active and skiing as much as possible. We skied both days last weekend, this past Friday and all day today. I’m sure if we had time, we would be up at the mountain at least three or four days a week. Today she dragged the adults through the tree runs using her short skis as an advantage and laughing hard when one adult happened to fall down.
I can only guess that two kids will make all the activities of training and playing more fun and exhausting. I’m looking forward to it!