My favorite things, 46 yeas old:
Caramel Cashew Custard from Kopp’s Frozen Custard
Cross Country Skiing
Fall and Winter
Watching my kids play sports (and playing with them).
My favorite place, Iola Winter Sport Club
A few people inspire and motivate me:
Inspiration vs. Motivation: Jillian Micheals made me realized these are two different things. I can be inspired by people and their activities but it is motivation that gets me outside exercising and being active.
- My cousin, Libby, who is adventurous and taught me that I don’t need to pay registration fees to do fun things/events. Here is an article she wrote about her running adventures: http://trailrunnermag.com/people/adventure/2192-a-triple-crown-of-trail-running?cmp=1. Libby inspires me to think outside the box and to be independent and adventurous. My level of adventure only measures up to a quarter of what she does.
I am motivated by my triplet sisters who are 18 years younger than me. All three of them are active and do fun things. I want to be able to keep up with them in their adventures and do fun things with them. Wait, maybe not keep up at their speed, maybe just do fun things with them.
- My sister, Danna, who is frugal like me. I wrote a blog about our half marathon: https://skiingmama.wordpress.com/2016/06/28/the-frugal-sisters-half-marathon/
- My sister, Kayla, is fit and a fast runner.
- My sister, Becca, is an Ironman (TWO TIMES!).
Most importantly, my kids motivate me. I want to be thinner so I look awesome, but that isn’t what gets my butt going. My motivator is my kids. I want to be able to ski, run, bike, hike, play soccer, bowl, and play with them for many years. I am one of those “older moms” and I am NOT getting any younger. I will be 60 years old when my last child goes off to college.
Robbie is now a faster skier and runner than me. I thought I would be faster than him for a little longer. Oh well, I think I could out last him in a long distance ski race or running race, right now. But not for long.
To celebrate my 46th birthday I decided to do 46 miles. I wanted it to be a birthday triathlon, inspired by Becca’s Ironman. I have this awesome road bike.
Arrived at Sunset Lake for a swim. It was so refreshing.
Final miles when I arrived home 48.5 miles in less than four hours.
I decided not to run because I got my 46 miles done and I needed to have energy to finish the day as the mom of the house (making dinner, driving for cross-country practice and to Point for soccer practice).
I picked raspberries while I waited for the bus to drop off the kids and then had one of my favorite snacks, fresh raspberries with rice pudding.
My adventures aren’t over with, in November I will participate in Rails to Trails Marathon with my whole family. This winter I hope to ski more days than I did last year and possibly complete at least one ski marathon.
I would love to hear what motivates you.
What adventures do you have planned for the next year?
What birthday activity will you do for your next birthday?