9 months is a long time to have off training. A week before I fell pregnant I completed an Ironman 70.3, so my fitness was at a peak. During the first few weeks of pregnancy I kept my training very basic and focussed on looking after my body and keeping my health in prime form.
I personally don’t understand why you would want to push your body while pregnant, after all you are growing a human inside you. For the majority of the rest of my pregnancy I walked as exercise. Initially this was hard for me to get use to, as my training consisted of swimming, cycling and running before, and then it quickly became only walking. Although at the time I thought “ I can ONLY walk” , It was absolutely the best decision for my body and I have no regrets at all, especially now Post Partum.
Before leaving the hospital with our beautiful baby girl, my doctor had said I can start to commence training “ slowly” at 4 weeks, and then he will assess me at 6 weeks, hopefully for full clearance. This was the moment I got super excited that training was not too far away at all, 4 weeks is nothing – in comparison to the last 9 months.
So…. Week 4 was this week. It was time; I could now start some light and easy training. I decided to set myself I super basic and achievable goal for the first week, of 45 mins of easy cardiovascular exercise each day, this is of course as long as I was feeling ok. I wanted my “ training” time to also be “ me time”, meaning some time away from the kids, where I can focus on me only. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the amount of times I was told while pregnant, “ you wont be able to train everyday like you are now, once you have TWO”. Well over the next couple of months we will see, I mean I’m not about making people eat their own words, but I don’t like being put in a box.
This week it was about prioritising my time and working out a schedule with Nathan and his work, as to when I could exercise and have my time each day. Monday and Tuesday I went for a 45-minute power walk and felt great, it’s amazing how good a walk is not only for your body but mentally too. Wednesday and Thursday we were away at my in-laws, this could have easily become a barrier as to why I couldn’t exercise, but really it was more of an opportunity as they live on property and I did plenty of walking and activity. Friday, Saturday and Sunday as you may be aware the weather took a turn in Sydney and it was very cold and windy. I planned to get back on the turbo trainer for the first time in months and complete my session on the trainer. I took it nice and easy and it is safe to say my legs have lost a lot of conditioning on the bike, which I guess is very much expected. All sessions were completed, with no soreness or extra stress on my body, because after all I’m still trying to let my body recover.
So that’s a wrap, week one of my transition back into training is complete. I feel great, I made time, I didn’t make excuses. At the end of the day everyone has the same amount of hours in a day and hours in a week, it’s how you use it that’s the difference. This week was all about ticking boxes and that’s exactly what I did.