"Undoubtedly, we become what we envisage."
Claude M. Bristol
As we're heading for bed last night, here's what my husband casually mentions to me, "There's a Winter Pentathlon in Québec and that's something I'd really like to do." "Oh?!" He goes on to explain that it starts with 15K of biking, followed by 6K of running, 9K of cross-country skiing, 9K of skating and 6K of snowshoeing! To be fair, he's mentioned before that he liked the idea of winter triathlons and would perhaps like to do that one day. However, it never progressed past the point of casually mentioning it. This is much more serious.
Me: "That does sound interesting, but we'd need lots of equipment"
Him: "Not that much"
Me: "Well, we'd need bikes and new skis, and we don't own snowshoes"
Him (excitement building in his voice): "Well, yeah, we'd need to get good bikes and some snowshoes and of course we'd have to change our skis"
Me (excitement creeping in): "That will require a lot of training though, because that's a lot of sports"
Him: "It would be a good project for when I retire (in 4-5 years)"
Me (really beginning to like the idea): "That's true, it would give us time to prepare. Sounds like it could be fun"
Us: silly grins :)
Us: silly grins :)
I've since googled the "Pentathlon des Neiges" de Québec and found out that we could do this in teams, tandem or solo and that the distances he mentioned are the Long Distance Challenge (the most mileage of all). A grand total of 45Ks compared to a maximum of 29Ks for other challenges. I guess we'll see when the time comes. I'm still just getting started with running, but it sounds like a great plan for a few years from now. Just, not too soon, because my butt needs some serious bike training and I mean my "butt" literally!
I must admit that the idea of a winter pentathlon is really growing on me by the hour. If you can't beat that crazy season, join it :)
Another thing I wanted to mention today is about yoga. I've been doing yoga once a week for almost two years now and about a month ago, I started going to a second (more difficult) class every week. I was beginning to think that nothing would improve my flexibility, because I saw very little improvement in that department. BUT, last night, I was sitting cross legged on my triangle and as usual I had a cushion under my left knee because it usually pulled too much to stay in that position for too long. I quickly realized that I didn't seem to be feeling any pull at all, so I removed the cushion and...nothing, no pull, no pain throughout the session. For the first time since I started doing yoga, there seemed to be more fluidity and ease in my movements. I do believe that doing yoga at least twice a week may be the key to improving my flexibility. Yay!!