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2007-04-24 8:40 AM

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We are Athenas.

We love the sport.

We may not be the fastest, but we are dedicated athletes. We not only battle wind and rain, but also our own inner demons of self-doubt. (Not to mention finding something to wear.)

And now we have a place to challenge one another. Here you'll find an ear to listen who really understands the unique athena challenges. No one will be judged, and all athena women are welcome. Repeat: All levels are welcome.

Here's how it works:
Each month there will be a new thread. You will set your own weekly goal for your workouts each week. Note: This challenge is about exercise and not diet or weight, so goals should not be diet- or weight-related, although you certainly may post about weight loss along the way.

Remember, all levels are welcome. No one will judge you if your goal is to walk for 15 minutes or ride for 5 miles. This is not a contest for who can bike the farthest or swim the fastest, but rather a way for us all to improve by effective goal setting and social support.

By each Sunday, post how you did this week and your progress toward your goal. Don't worry if you couldn't quite make it -- that's what we're here for and there's always next week.

Also in this weekly checkin post, set your goal for the next week. It can be the same or a new goal.

I will track how you are progressing and everyone will offer valuable feedback and give tips. I will also create a chart you can add to your training log to keep track of the other athenas to offer inspires and other positive feedback.

So sign up below and post your first goal! The challenge officially begins April 29, but is open to join at any time.

Goals can be:
1. Frequency-based. I will swim twice this week, bike twice this week, and walk or run twice this week.

2. Time-based. I will swim at least 60 minutes this week, bike 90 hours this week, and walk or run 60 minutes this week.

3. Distance-based. I will swim 2,000 yards this week, bike 20 miles this week, and walk or run 5 miles this week.

This is about *your* goal, so remember these are NOT minimums. You can make your goal whatever will work best for you. And if you are not currently training in all three sports, you still may join the challenge.

We are Athenas. And we will win the race against ourselves.

Edited by Offthegrid 2007-04-24 8:42 AM


2007-04-24 8:48 AM
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Swim twice, run three times and bike twice.

This is going to be a tough week to fit in these workouts because I am in training all day at work Monday at a location 90 minutes from here, so I'm losing a day. I'll probably make that the rest day.
2007-04-24 9:12 AM
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I'm in, baby.  This'll be fun -- I've never done an All-Athena challenge. 

My goals will be in line with my training plan's key workouts.  Let me sort those out for next week, then post again.  I'm glad that this is a non-competitve, non-judgemental challenge...since I do enough of that within myself, I don't really need the external pressures, but it is NICE to know that other Athenas are on the road alongside me. 

More later, -Sunny

2007-04-24 9:27 AM
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Sounds like a good idea to me!  I'm in for May.  I'll post my workouts for next week later this week.
2007-04-24 9:33 AM
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I'm in! Sounds like a great idea
2007-04-24 10:08 AM
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I would like to do this also. I have never been in an Athena Challenge before. And it will work great with the ABS/Core Challenge that is starting in May also. So next week I'll be doing

Swim: 3 hrs    Bike: 5 hrs and Running 4 hrs.

Thanks again for the great Challenge 



2007-04-24 10:11 AM
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Sounds like fun!  I can always use the extra motivation!  The next couple weeks are going to be super hard to get any workouts in /c lots of family will be in town....much more sitting and eating than exercise!  After that hopefully my shins will be up to running again and I also really need to start focusing on biking.  I'm riding to school everday at least once or twice, but no actual training.  I'll have to think about some good goals for myself.

Thanks for starting this Offthegrid.

2007-04-24 10:37 AM
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ME ME ME! (Will you kick me out if I drop below 150? No worries currently...but I keep striving.)

I'll figure out my goals and post them up later. Thanks! This sounds like fun.


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2007-04-24 11:03 AM
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I'm in...will post my plans for the week in a few.  But first, I wanted to post this...hunted down Welshy's 'Ode to Athena'...thought it might be appropriate...

Your athletic curves fill me with longing

As you pass me with no effort, while I'm bonking

The pain in my calves momentarily forgotten

Replaced by the distraction of a strong woman jogging

 

Some may like the small and petite

Slender girls with little feet

No curves, no jiggle, I won't keep

My expectations they fail to meet

 

Broad and tall with athletic grace 

Burning and yearning to win the race

A drive I share, and dare, to pace

So patience, I ask, while I make my case

 

Strong and indomitable, I'll go as long as you like

Though the water, while I swim, be full of strife

Nothing easier than me on the bike

And the run, I admit, leaves me breathing for life

 

So spare me one clear, frank glance

You are the Athena I will romance

Proud and tall, we might have a chance

If you would only slow and join my dance

2007-04-24 11:39 AM
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This sounds like fun I am in!!

I need to think about the goals for next week as I will be tapering for the May 6th race. The week will include 2 rest days and lots of short and easy exercises.

Will let you all know on Sunday what the final plan will be.

Thanks SUSIE for starting this

 

2007-04-24 12:12 PM
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Accountablility and encouragement are great!  I'm so in!

 Goal for next week:  swim 3 hours, bike 3 hours, run 1.5 hours, Yoga 1 hour



Edited by jellogal 2007-04-24 12:13 PM


2007-04-24 1:00 PM
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enders_shadow - 2007-04-24 11:37 AM

ME ME ME! (Will you kick me out if I drop below 150? No worries currently...but I keep striving.)

I'll figure out my goals and post them up later. Thanks! This sounds like fun.


Kristen


OK - my goals for the week of 4/29 are:

Swim x 3
Run x 2
Bike x 2
Lift x 1

I may do more - these are my minimum hopes for the coming week.

Kristen
2007-04-24 1:05 PM
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4x swim, 3x bike, 3x run this week.  Swim is my weakest by far (and considering I'm weak in all 3, that's saying something), so I like to work on that as much as possible (plus, I've found that a morning swim does wonders for my day)
2007-04-24 3:06 PM
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maggyruth - 2007-04-24 2:05 PM 4x swim, 3x bike, 3x run this week.  Swim is my weakest by far (and considering I'm weak in all 3, that's saying something), so I like to work on that as much as possible (plus, I've found that a morning swim does wonders for my day)

Nice goals -- Killer sig line! 

I hate morning swims unless outdoors...c'mon May, get here already...I need more 70F+ days.

2007-04-24 3:07 PM
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OK - my goals for the week of 4/29 are:

Swim x 3
Run x 2
Bike x 2
Lift x 1


Good goals. Doh, I forgot I'm supposed to be weight lifting, too. Maybe next week ...
2007-04-24 3:08 PM
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Offthegrid - 2007-04-24 7:40 AM We are Athenas. We love the sport. We may not be the fastest, but we are dedicated athletes. We not only battle wind and rain, but also our own inner demons of self-doubt. (Not to mention finding something to wear.)

 A little off topic but this reminded me of something and I'm not sure where else to ask it.  Maybe you all can help.  I badly need new bike shorts but I'm not sure I'm ready for the world to see me in spandex.  (Heck i'm not sure I'm ready to see me in spandex!)  Years ago my mom bought me some bike shorts that were regular bike shorts underneath but then had regular baggier shorts over them so they were a little less....revealing.  Any thoughtso n where I could find something like that?  Or any other ideas on bike shorts that might be good for me?  I guess I could always just wear 2 pairs of shorts but that's a pain...and extra work come laundry day, which is never good!

Thanks!



2007-04-24 3:47 PM
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Howdy, I've never participated in a challenge but this one sounds like fun!  I'd love to link in with some of you other athenas!  I'm coming off a back injury and a cold, so I'm not really sure, but this week I'll try to:

Swim 3X
Ride 2-3X
Run 2x

2007-04-24 4:27 PM
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SunnyS - 2007-04-24 3:06 PM

Nice goals -- Killer sig line! 

 

Thanks...now only if it were true...lol.

2007-04-24 4:30 PM
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lil_turtle - 2007-04-24 3:08 PM

 A little off topic but this reminded me of something and I'm not sure where else to ask it.  Maybe you all can help.  I badly need new bike shorts but I'm not sure I'm ready for the world to see me in spandex.  (Heck i'm not sure I'm ready to see me in spandex!)  Years ago my mom bought me some bike shorts that were regular bike shorts underneath but then had regular baggier shorts over them so they were a little less....revealing.  Any thoughtso n where I could find something like that?  Or any other ideas on bike shorts that might be good for me?  I guess I could always just wear 2 pairs of shorts but that's a pain...and extra work come laundry day, which is never good!

Thanks!

I don't know what size you wear, but REI has some...you can take a look at theiir site.  Here's one link...

http://www.rei.com/product/750088

2007-04-24 5:13 PM
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lil turtle - I swear by Terry Bicycling shorts. They have a great selection of bigger sizes (all the way up to 4X, which I used to wear). They also make skorts with spandex shorts underneath and a little skirt over the top. Super cute!

www.terrybicycles.com

Goals for me for the week of 4/29 are:
Recover from IM Camp as needed
Swim 3X
Bike 3X
Run 3X
Have fun at Sprint Tri on my 30th Birthday
2007-04-24 10:49 PM
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I'm in.

For this week:

3x running
3x biking
3x swimming

Goal hours: at least 9  (we'll see if that happens...)



2007-04-25 8:27 AM
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c_cic - 2007-04-24 1:47 PM

Howdy, I've never participated in a challenge but this one sounds like fun!  I'd love to link in with some of you other athenas!  I'm coming off a back injury and a cold, so I'm not really sure, but this week I'll try to:

Swim 3X
Ride 2-3X
Run 2x

Well.  This seemed like a good goal, BUT during my ride last night I re-joined the 'fell-over-while-clipped-in' club and landed square on my knee.  It hurts today so I'll try a little run and see how it feels - I may have to adjust my goals this week.  Embarassed

2007-04-25 11:38 AM
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Oh yes please, count me in. I got lost on my bike in Kennebunk/Kennebunkport this morning and ended up logging in 40 miles!

Now to shower and get to work...sigh!
2007-04-25 4:34 PM
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I'm in!! This is great
I wanna
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2007-04-25 8:19 PM
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Thanks for the bike shorts recommendations!  Hopefully next week I'll have time to do some shopping!  I'd love to buy online but I'm not sure I trust the fit since I've never bought myself bike shorts before.  If it goes on much longer with me not having time though I'll just have to bite the bullet and go for it, because I really do need bike shorts and my free time is severely limited.

Anyway, starting next monday, my weekly goals are going to be
Run x3
Swim x1
Bike x1

I'm still having trouble biking as a workout.  I'm on my bike a lot going to and from class, but it's hard taking that next step!  Hopefully the shorts will help!

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