I am currently 13 weeks expecting and entering into the second trimester of pregnancy. Most women feel their second trimester of pregnancy is the best time because fatigue and nasuea subside and energy levels return; without being hampered by a large pregnancy bump...yet. I was pretty lucky in my first trimester to have only a few bouts of nausea and a month of extreme fatigue! I know other women who have experienced much more severe pregnancy symptoms.
I felt heading into this pregnancy, in some ways it was much easier for me because I had an idea of what to expect with how I would feel and how I should continue to exercise. When I was eight weeks pregnant with my daughter, I had a couple of what I would call “pre-pregnancy” moderate training days. This normally would be no big deal; however, I quickly learned how much I needed to back off during pregnancy! I ended up on the couch for a day or two with barely any energy to move! Instead of my typical three to five hour training days, my training was limited to a max of two hours. In addition, I kept all my training aerobic and did not push myself. I quickly learned that I was no longer “training”, but simply “exercising” and enjoying moving my body to what it could do for that day.
Having this prior experience from my previous pregnancy, this made my transition from training to exercise much easier in the fact I knew what was best for my body. I remember last time being shocked that at eight weeks pregnant, I was nearly ten seconds per 100 slower in the pool with the same perceived exertion. This time around, it was nice knowing that this was to be expected and I have felt less of a need to push myself at all in my exercise and simply enjoy it. Some days I feel that I can push myself a little harder; while other days I have felt rough and have backed off exercise. As athletes we are so great at listening to our bodies and I feel this is crucial to do while pregnant. Sometimes I feel like I can go out and run 7 miles, no problem, while there have been a few days where I feel exhausted after a couple of miles to continue running much farther. Days that I do feel tired, I don’t worry about it at all and simply enjoy walking and taking in the beauty of nature and trails around me (something I really never do when I am training and pushing my body to the limit!).
This time around I felt the extreme fatigue a bit earlier, but it seemed to get better around 10 weeks verses the 13 weeks last time around. This pregnancy I have also cut back my working out to a max of around 90 minutes a day. My typical week consists of: 2-3x 45 minute swims, 2x week strength training (modified from my normal), 3-4x week 4-7 miles running and 2x a week cycling for 60 to 90 min. For the first trimester I was still comfortable to be riding outside on safe roads or on the trails, but next week I will resume to the trainer full time. The timing with the weather worked out well, since the cold weather will start and I won’t want to ride outside anyway. Last time around I remember feeling a bit lost and unsure of what to do with so much time on my hands, but this time around, I have a three year old to keep me company. Caroline has started pre-school this year however; so this gives me plenty of time to get in some daily exercise.
Having spoken with other women during their pregnancies, I have learned that every one is so unique and individual. For other pregnant women out there reading this blog, don’t expect to follow what I do or feel how I have felt during my pregnancy. However, I feel that all women can learn from other women in sharing their own experiences. I have talked to some women who don’t even know they are pregnant until 11 weeks, while other women are so tired they can’t exercise at all. This is why I feel it’s so important to listen to your body and not judge. Not to judge yourself from others, but most importantly, I mean to not judge yourself from yourself. Don’t worry about what you can’t do, but focus on what you can and know that you are growing an incredible life inside you! That takes a tremendous amount of energy and I feel it’s so important to respect that.
I wish everyone to enjoy the triathlon “off-season”, holiday festivities and cooler weather!
My 2016 season began early this year, with a win at the 70.3 Pan American 70.3 Championships and my last race for the year ended with a win at the Lifetime Fitness New York City Panasonic Triathlon at the end of July. My racing season was cut a little short this year due to the fact that Nate and I are expecting a second child. We are thrilled for Caroline to become a big sister next spring in 2017. The goal is to return to racing the later part of the 2017 season.
Currently, I am feeling good (well as good to be expected during the first trimester of pregnancy). I have transitioned over to exercising (not training) and try to complete one hour to 90 min per day of light exercise. Similar to my last pregnancy, I experience a lot of fatigue the first couple of months, so I am looking forward to my energy levels returning sometime mid October (hopefully!).
Best wishes to everyone completing their 2016 season. It’s been an awesome year of racing between the Olympics and ITU World Championships last weekend and everything to come.
A special thank you to all my sponsors/partners who are always so supportive of me during this family time of leave:
Join Sarah Haskins for an FREE open water clinic open to all ages and abilities. Whether you are gearing up for the 2016 triathlon season or just wanting to improve your open water swim abilities; don’t miss out!
Where: Water Front Park: Clermont, Florida
When: April 27th at 6:00pm (Wednesday evening)
Cost: Nothing it is FREE!
We will focus on swim starts, buoy swimming, swim exiting techniques and more!
Immediately following the open water clinic, David Peterson will be hosting a free Body Shop Tune Up demo, beginning at 7PM. Sarah has been working with David for the past year. See what technique she uses to help her stay healthy for training and racing. To find out more about the Body Shop Tune Up technique please go here: www.bodytuneupshop.com
Feel free to join in for the open water swim clinic at 6pm/Body Shop Tune Up demo at 7pm. If you can’t make the swim clinic, just stop by for the demo. Look forward to seeing you there.
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As I write this blog, I am on the plane headed to race the Puerto Rico Ironman70.3. I raced this event last year and looking forward to returning to the city and the venue. This was my first 70.3 last year, so I had quite a bit of nerves leading into the race since I was heading into some unknowns. I like repeating races I have completed in the past as it eases my race day nerves with being familiar with the race layout and what to expect on the course. This race is easy logistically because once I get to the hotel; swim start, transition and race finish are all within a quarter to half mile walk from my hotel room!
Traveling without Caroline also allows me more time to blog…something that is tough to keep up with since she has become a toddler. Her energy at 8 and 9pm amaze us, especially because at that time Nate and I are so wiped out. She is usually at full tilt from the moment she wakes up until she goes to bed (with the exception of a possible nap). It has been so much fun watching her grow from two years to two and a half years old. Her vocabulary grows on a daily basis and her vivd imagination makes us smile. She is getting very fast on her scooter and it’s hard to keep up with her on the downhills!
It seems like a whirlwind since the 2015 season ended and 2016 season started. Although I did take two weeks off training in November, it seems like I was focusing on 2016 before I knew it since I raced in Panama in January. Outside of training we have also been very busy with relocating for our future.
We recently decided to buy a home in Eureka, MO (just outside of St. Louis) and be closer to family. We love training and living in Clermont, FL, but the reality is that Caroline will be starting Kindergarten in just over two years (hard to believe!!) and we wanted more of a permanent place for her verses packing up a couple of times year and moving locations! The past several years we escaped the Florida heat and headed up north for the summer racing season.
Buying a home did not even cross our minds until just before Christmas. When we headed back to FL in January we began the process of upgrading our home in Florida and getting it ready to sell. Much of January and February, I did about 75 % of my training solo, since Nate was focused on installing a bathroom, painting, etc. I rode the CompuTrainer 2x week and usually made up my swim workouts during the warm-up of the swim! Overall, I was happy with my training progression, despite all the business going on outside of training. For several weeks when Nate was busy completing a project, I was with Caroline solo from around 3:30pm (when I picked her up from preschool until she went she went to bed around 9:30). I mentioned to him that I would rather have him help me with Caroline in the evenings verses have him train with me during the day! After a hard training day, I am wiped at night!
For now the projects are finished and the house is listed on the market. Things have calmed down slightly, but still have some moving to do in a couple of months!
Here is the project that Nate and his Dad did.
I am really looking forward to this upcoming race season. I am focused on staying healthy (doing my best to avoid those two year old colds….although sometimes it is just unavoidable), and getting the most out of myself by training smarter and pushing hard at the right times. Good luck to everyone as the 2016 season is about to roll in….!