The Intimidation Factor of an Elite Athlete

I have a sticker on my car telling the world I am a member of the USA Triathlon Organization.  The humor of the sticker and others like it make it look like I recently returned from Kona, Hawaii after competing in the Ironman Triathlon…but I didn’t and nor do I plan to…I like doing the everyday triathlons.  Like many other sports and activities, there are levels of involvement.  You can start as a beginner, you can compete as a hobby or you can be an elite athlete.  The only requirement is that you just DO IT!

Running is another activity that is intimidating.  We are surrounded by thousands of morning runners, marathons and races.  There are special stores just for runners, clubs, events…you name it – we have it!  The problem is that most of us don’t consider ourselves runners.  We vision being a runner as someone who tallies up 20+mile weeks, races on the weekends, wears a belt with energy ‘goo’ in it, etc…

The rest of us, we just “Go For A Run” – maybe 30 minutes, maybe 3 miles, maybe less, maybe more.  The point I want to make is that WE ARE ALL ATHLETES!  We are runners, bikers, triathletes, swimmers!  No matter if you run 2 miles or 20, We Run.  No matter if you race a sprint triathlon or an Ironman, We Race.  No matter if you ride your bike to work or from Georgia to Tennessee, We Bike.

So the next time you see a running store or a bike store, go inside and see what its about!  The people are nice and they KNOW that we all are not extreme athletes, we just like to be active!

About strengthinmoms

I am the proud mom of two beautiful boys.  During my first pregnancy I exercised somewhat but didn’t know how to adjust to my changing body.  Eventually I just stopped and let my pregnancy take over because I thought the aches and pains were telling me to stop.  When I found out I was pregnant with my second child, I was told I needed to stop teaching cardio kickboxing and go easy during bootcamp.  I was very frustrated and confused.  I was pregnant, not injured?!  So I did my research and found out that I was right - I CAN do all of the things I was doing!  I just needed to be in tune with my body and listen to it.  I maintained my fitness levels, my core and total body strength and my relaxed state of mind.  I knew that being a mom did not mean letting go of who I am - a Strong and Fit Woman.  I deserved an hour a day to focus on my mind & body and ultimately my baby and family as well. * My passion in life is to help moms get fit and maintain their strength throughout their pregnancy and beyond.  * I am the owner of Strength in Moms - Prenatal & Postpartum Personal Training in Atlanta, GA
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