Fit After Little Bits

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A little fitness story…

on January 28, 2015

So, after setting up this blog and starting to write….I think I got lost in, you know, life. The past 6 months have absolutely flown by and the fact that I have not taken the time to document any of the happenings makes me a little sad! That said…I’m back!

My fitness story is seemingly similar to many women I talk to. I played basketball and volleyball in high school. In college, I ran and hit the weight room to do my best to stave off the Freshman 15 (Happily, I was pretty successful there) and when I got married, running was really the easiest form of exercise to fit into a busy work schedule.

My husband is a super-athlete. Ran cross-country in college after tiring of volleyball (even though he could have played on scholarship for several schools), ran crazy endurance races up mountains and then decided he was tired of running and quickly moved up to the elite ranks of cycling in mountain and cyclocross in Colorado (which is a pretty big deal!).

Totally no pressure to be athletic, right?!

While I was running soon after we married, it wasnt long before his competitive nature became contagious. I started getting interested and really training and even racing. I started with some 5ks, then 10ks and half marathon and then a full. The training was fun, the racing was even more fun and I was hooked on “adult” athletics (PS-I kind of thought sports stopped after college….so wrong)

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And then came….a baby…..I will be getting together a separate post on working out while pregnant…or at least what it looked like for me!

Baby…time management…early morning workouts…getting back in shape…working out while not losing your milk…training for super high effort cycling without losing your milk….gah!!! Getting in better shape than PRE-BABY!!

After having Brooke, it took a little time to not feel guilty about leaving her to workout. Honestly, I still try to do most of my training while she is sleeping. Running was not quite as fun as pre-kiddo seeing as the lovely combo of hormones/ (overshare) vaginal birth= feeling like (and sometimes) you are peeing your pants! That was a bonus I hadnt expected! Since running was eh, I decided to join my husband in the basement for some bike rides on the trainers in February/March. Then came the outdoor rides and the 4 hour rides and I was completely obsessed with cycling. Hey, the shorts come with a built in diaper…just in case!

There were a couple road races in the spring, hill climbs in the summer and almost a full season of cyclocross racing (complete with snow and ice) during the fall and winter. Expectations were blown out of the water and I had the best time being on a team for the first time since high school! Way more on this later!

LeeAnn Culbertson Benesh

Fitness is important…whether it is a 3 mile jog to keep yourself sane (been there) or training at a level to compete against some stinking fast peers. Being fit and healthy are two of the most important things in life!

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