The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

The irony of my life is that just as I write an article on how to fit more exercise into your life, I’m finding it difficult to fit writing in mine. Oh, irony, you saucy minx.


On Sunday I went to my swimming lesson and managed to swim 1 ½ laps. Considering I couldn’t even finish a lap during my first class, I’ll take it. I think I may even attempt lane swims this week. For the record, the women in my swimming class are as equally amazing as the people in my speed skating class. There are so many interesting stories out there – JUST TAKE THE TIME TO LISTEN.

Sorry for yelling. All this exercise means I’m sore all the time – it’s making me slightly stabby.

Look! I'm Shabba-The-Hut

Look! Shabba-The-Hut


All this exercise that’s making me so stabby also means I’ve had less time to skate during the week. As in I haven’t done an adult public skate since the beginning of December and I missed two weeks over Christmas because the club was closed so when I went on Thursday my form was like Jabba The Hut on blades – all gelatinous and floppy.



My trainer sent me what I have to do today – 50 minutes of biking followed immediately by a 10-minute run. It’s to teach me how to transition and ends up with me looking something like this.


Then I’m supposed to do 30-minutes of swimming.


If you don’t hear from me in 24-hours send a glass bottle of wine with a straw.

p.s. In case you didn’t realize it the ugly is me after I bike/run/swim. I need to invest in a cool pair of sunglasses. Also, a leather jacket and a comb for my back pocket because apparently I think I’m Fonzie.

p.p.s. I didn’t put my goggles on too tight this week so while I was less Squidwardy, there was still stuff *waves hands in front of face in a circular motion* going on around my eye area. 43 and goggles don’t mix is the lesson I’m learning here. 

p.p.p.s. Dudes! I made that Gif! It’s like I can do anything!

p.p.p.p.s. Except transitions. I can’t do those.

p.p.p.p.p.s. Please tell me I’m not the only one who remembers the Tales of The Wizard Of Oz cartoons they used to play on Sunday mornings?



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Sharon DeVellis is a mother, wife and writer who can uncork a wine bottle in less than 10 seconds but buys twist-offs for emergencies. She’s currently in therapy to stop talking about herself in third person.
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8 Responses to The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

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  3. Maureen says:

    Good for you! Triathlon training is amazing! not that I have ever done it, but Tom did. Our kids do the triathlon in Bracebridge every year and love it. Eleanor does the whole season now… she’s a bit of a show off! ;)
    They have an adult Try a Tri in Bracebridge too, you should check it out.

  4. Nicole says:

    OMG. I think you should forget the straw. You need a funnel.

  5. I’m glad you have a sense of humour about this.

  6. Louise says:

    One piece bathing suit under the wet suit. Pull sweat-wicking tank top and shorts on over slightly damp suit. Have running socks inside of your running shoes on a folded towel on the ground beside your bike. Step onto towel to dry bottom of your feet, pull on socks, stick on shoes, snap on helmet (don’t forget your sunglasses to mask goggle face because there will be photos) and awaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay you go!

    Keep going – you are AWESOME!!!

  7. Kathy says:

    Goggle marks are the reason I swim right before bed. The only one who sees me is my husband and if we turn off the lights, even he doesn’t mind. ;) Keep at it Sharon. You will get used to the training schedule and then be stabby when you AREN’T exercising twice a day.

  8. Katja says:

    You’re not alone, I remember that cartoon. Thanks for the goggle warning. I don’t need anything going on around the eye area.

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