My Training isn’t Her Training, or Your Training.


Windy conditions have generated big waves on Oahu's east-facing shores.

As I am more exposed to athletic events around Hawaii, I cannot help but be in awe and compare myself when it comes to those who are always on the podium. The women are mothers, but their tummies are taut and their tiny shorts barely come up to their hip bones, their abs fascinatingly ripped. They are household names in the sports world, and I’m just getting familiar with them. What’s really cool is that most of them are very nice and a few are now my friends on Facebook!

It’s one thing to be competitive, and I am, but it’s another thing to know one’s limitations and make adjustments to achieve one’s personal bests. I know that by training alone, I don’t really push myself as I might were I to train with a group. When I swim, I kinda like it because when you’re in the water, even if you’re sharing a lane, there’s no conversation. It’s just what the coach wants you to do. And when we are riding our bikes, it’s impossible to have a conversation, especially on days like today because the wind is so fierce.

Because of all that, once again John and I got on our bikes and took to the hills. April will kick my butt if I don’t whip it on my own! The first thing we did today was climb Kamiloiki and Makapu’u, then we went to Diamond Head, and then back to Hawaii Kai. Here are our stats. They were really slow because John had a puncture. And for some reason Garmin removed the average moving pace from the stats pages, so we don’t know what that was. I am disappointed about that. I hope enough of us grumble enough to get it reinstated.

So what’s next?

  • March 24, Gerry Lindgren 3 miler at Kapiolani Park.
  • April 7, Ford Island Bridge Run 10k.
  • April 22, ANA Lanikai Triathlon by Boca Hawaii.
  • April 29, Haleiwa Metric Century.
  • May 19, Wahiawa Pineapple Run 10k.
  • May 27, Hibiscus Half Marathon.

And then the North Shore Swim Series and a few other things.

I like training on my own, I like being by myself (or with John), but I know it doesn’t really give me an advantage about learning what other people do or getting tips and advice from more experienced athletes. Maybe it’s because in 2012 I need to be more of an introvert when it comes to these goals. I feel like I need to prove something to me before I can be someone who can be part of a group. And the distractions of watching others keeps me from being 100 percent. If I train myself now to focus better, then maybe in 2013 I can start  participating in shared training experiences.

Of course I’ll share, here and on social media. That’s the kind of person I am. Oh, and you know what? I always write “LAVAGAL.NET” on my bibs. So if you see me out there…!

Author: lavagal

Hawaii Kai wife and mom. Melanoma Stage 3a Cancer survivor. English Language Arts teacher, English Learners Coordinator, and Paraprofessional Tutor. Super sub teacher. Dormant triathlete. Road cyclist and Masters swimmer. Gardener. Mrs. Fixit. Random dancer. Music Curator. A teenager trapped in an aging body. Did you know 60 is the new 40? It is.

3 thoughts on “My Training isn’t Her Training, or Your Training.”

  1. Nice post, Paula! I, too, train primarily solo about 90 percent of the time. I like it that way. I think it makes me mentally tougher. Especially when this solo training is done at 4:30 in the morning. ha ha! In that case, maybe that’s why I train alone.

  2. I train on my own as well. My reasons are to keep my weight, and, in turn, my blood sugar, under control. My knees limit my running ability (although I hated running even in high school). Biking around here is dangerous, and even moreso in solo mode. Access to pools for lap swimming is very costly, though in the warmer months I will spend some time in my inground backyard pool – only 32′ long (visible in an aerial shot on google maps).

    I basically do Planet Fitness about 3x per week. I do the recumbent bike at target heart rate (120-130 bpm, I’m up to 30-45 mins), then the entire circuit of weight machines (about 20 stations), going for reps over weight. I do that quickly as well, to maintain my heart rate.

    I started that in January.

    Since Thanksgiving, I’m down 13 lbs (according to my doctor’s scale). I’m actually closing in on my initial 250lbs target. At that point, I expect my blood sugar to drop, based on past performance.

    Like the title says, your trainign ain’t my training, but we’re all training.


  3. Proving it to myself at first was indeed the most important thing. Then I started running and training with Coach Stacy (aka The Crazy Lady), and she challenged me and made me want to be better. I don’t think she really knows how much I love and appreciate her for that.

    And now I need to start all over again and get motivated again. I have let myself down, and I feel like I’ve let Stacy down. But reading your words, and watching her run every day without me makes me want to try again. You both inspire me.

    Oh! And Stacy trains by herself partly because I don’t get up in the morning anymore. HAHA!

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