Back in August of this year Amy and I took a fitness challenge at Orange Theory called the Dri-Tri. The challenge consisted of 2000 meters on the rower, 300 reps in the weight room, and finished off with a 5K on the treadmill. We would be lying if we said we didn’t have some nerves going into it, even though we had been consistently working out five days a week for several months leading up to it. Amy was most nervous about the 300 reps in the weight room and I was most nervous about the 5K. Amy is a cardio fiend, she absolutely loves to run, however weights are not really her thing. I am the complete opposite, I could do 2 hours of lifting with no cardio at all, and I would be completely happy.
Amy’s fear of the weight room went out the window once we learned it was all body weight exercises. Even with all the burpees, she crushed that portion of the challenge. We were quite fatigued after the weights, but we had to implement the ‘mind over matter’ mantra so we could battle the treadmill.
Prior to the Dri-Tri I had only run a 5K (3.1 miles) one time and that was three days before the challenge. I wasn’t even sure if I could run that far, so I got on my treadmill at home, put on some DVR’ed epidosed of The Tonight Show’s with Jimmy Fallon, and got to running. I honestly wasn’t sure what my pace should be so I sort of guessed, and unfortunately I sped up too soon and was on the brink of collapse by the time the treadmill hit 3.0 miles. As I watched the numbers slowly move to 3.1 I could feel the nausea creeping in. As soon as I saw 3.1, I immediately hit the stop bottom…WARNING TMI ALERT…and ran to the bathroom and thew up. Pro Tip: Never run your first 5K after not eating anything all day, bad things happen.
Needless to say, after my not so glamorous first attempt at the 5K I was really nervous for the one at the Dri-Tri. Especially because it was at the end of the workout. Amy was my rock during the run, she finished several minutes before me, but she continued to run and cheered me on the entire time. It’s amazing how motivating and powerful having a cheerleader in your corner can be.
We were both so proud of each other and ourselves for completing this daunting challenge. Sometimes we (meaning everyone, all of us) lose sight of the hard work we put into our physical fitness and don’t realize the strides we have made. Doing the Dri-Tri really showed us that all our hard work and efforts over the months have made us stronger, and damn it felt good to complete!
One thing we both took away from this experience is just how important it is to set goals, especially how important it is to test your progress to see if you have met those goals. I think keeping a journal of your workouts is a great way to do this. Make a note of how much weight you are lifting and how many reps you are doing, and how you feel doing them. You will be shocked how much easier that specific weight is after just a month. Or go for a run on the treadmill or outside and see how long it takes you to run a mile, or two, and how hard/easy it was to do that. Then track it again in a month and see just how far you have come. Since the Dri-Tri I have completed two 5K races and improved my time by 4 minutes!
You are stronger then you realize. Remember that and continue to push yourself, at a healthy pace, to keep getting stronger and faster. You will be amazed at what you can do.