Monday, January 24, 2011


Mothering has really wrecked my triathlon mojo. This, in itself, is not terribly interesting or surprising. Nobody can push their body to shed fat, build endurance, and work faster when they can't tell you if they're going to get 2 or 4 or 6 hours of sleep at night. But what surprises me is how I feel about it. I'm conflicted. Part of me wants to sag into a heap and wear my pajamas all day and snuggle my baby when she sleeps and play with her when she's awake and eat doughnuts and pizza until I'm back in all the pants I just donated to Goodwill. Part of me wants to bootstrap myself up and get back to my bike riding and jogging and swimming and not use this little interlude as an excuse to wreck my season.

Zoe is brand new, she's barely six weeks old right now, and is in NOTHING approximating a routine when it comes to sleep. Some nights, she nods off with me at midnight and sleeps 4 hours at a stretch until morning. Other nights, she just looks at me and cries every time she approaches a horizontal orientation until she finally surrenders around 4 AM.

As of now, the only exercise I can solidly count on having the energy for is a walk, and not a very long walk at that. So that's what I'm doing. And God bless my coach for sticking with me through it and continuing to encourage me to do what I can, when I can, and keeping me accountable when I miss the mark. Every little bit counts, right?

Every time I think my end of the deal is the short one, though, I remember how rough it is for my nieces to even be able to take that walk. They have Mitochondrial Disease and it makes having energy for even basic things like digestion difficult. So, in their honor, I'm going to be taking part (along with the whole family) in a walkathon in February called the "Energy for Life" walk in Houston. If you have a spare nickel, this cause is a good one and the funds will go to researching the causes and potential treatments and cures for a disease that often takes children's lives before they make their teen years. If you can, please do go make a donation. Every little bit counts.


Betty and Wilma said...

my sister and I run 5Ks during the summer. If you know of anything like this for your niece's complication let us know. Thanks for the read!

Thalassa said...

Thanks, Betty and Wilma! So far as I know, they only do walks for this (and short ones at that) because most of the afflicted children are exercise intolerant or heat/cold intolerant or both. I'll keep an eye out, though!

aka the Mom said...

I had an idea for a benefit for your sister's family/mito research. I'd love to see what you think. I'm off Facebook for Lent, so can you email me when you get a chance?


Happy Lent!

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

I would like to come up with all sorts of encouraging and helpful things to say on the subject of motherhood & exercise...but all I can really think after reading this post is, "She was in Houston, and I didn't even meet her!" :-0 Congrats on presumably having gotten it together for your nieces!

Thalassa said...

@Jill: Actually, I never made it to Houston. That was a weekend of terrible ice and snow in both Dallas and Houston, and the whole event was canceled. We ended up staying home and slurping hot chocolate and watching the crazies try to drive on the ice!