Giddyup in Your Skinny Pants


You know that pair of pants that haven’t fit for a while, but you can’t bring yourself to throw them away? They are your skinny pants, the ones you’ve been thinking about getting back into, and on some over-confident days, you pull them out of the closet and consider wrangling them up over your hips?
On super confident days, you pull them on, suck in your gut and measure your improvement in the dietary department. Well, today I have a pair of those pants on. They don’t fit perfectly and are a bit tight in the thigh region, but they fit around my waist and by golly, I’m pleased.
Chalk one up to all that darn tri training! Yippee. Training is going very well, I am happy to report. No recent bike crashes, and I managed to change a flat last night all by myself. This is a huge accomplishment because my instinct in the past has been to throw the suspect wheel in the trunk and drive to the local bike shop for a $14 fix. The tube only costs $3, so it is much smarter financially (not to mention the fact I’ll have to change it on my own should something happen during the race) to suck it up and do the chore myself. Thankfully this weekend my friend JT walked me through changing tires. The timing was perfect.
I’ve got two more weeks of hard training, plus a lengthy ride this weekend, and then a week of rest before the big race. I was talking to my mom this morning about the pleasure of surprising yourself with newfound strength. I’m no dummy — I figured I’d get stronger through all the biking, swimming, running, weights, pilates, blah blah blah. Yet all the same, one day recently I woke up and realized — dude! I’m in shape. I can do this. I’m consistently cycling 60-plus miles, running 20-plus miles and swimming 3-plus miles every week. Thursdays are my brick workouts — where these all get stacked. I figured out over breakfast and essentially I finished a sprint triathlon this morning before the sun came up. Yep, I’m officially wacky.
I am going to rock 70.3 miles. I can’t wait.
Thank you for all the sweet emails and cheering you’ve done along the way. This is going to be a ton of fun and I can’t wait to pick out the next race (and potentially, and upgraded bike. Don’t tell Ruby. The moody bitch will more than likely pitch me again if she finds out.)

Later gators!

27 Replies to “Giddyup in Your Skinny Pants”

  1. Girl, that is awesome. I was just wondering this morning how close it was to RACE DAY; it sounds like you are going to be super prepared. As for sliding into skinny jeans? Always a welcome perk.

  2. Man I have skinny pants. I also have super skinny pants. Maybe that’s a sign that it’s time to start working out… And wow, you are so in shape!

  3. Wow! I’m so impressed with your training! I’m planning on doing my first half-IM next summer. I can’t wait to read about yours in the meantime 🙂 Did you follow a specific training plan, by the way?

    On the skinny jeans… Congrats! I’m actually noticing that my quads are starting to make some of my pants snug in that area of my leg — it’s not a “fat” issue, but truly muscle… I only really notice it if I’m wearing the pants while riding to work. Not sure what to do about that. It’s only a certain kind of style of pant, so I guess I’ll just have retire them 🙁

  4. Damn! A sprint triathlon before the sun came up??? Holy smokes! You ARE ready for ANYTHING! Wow, that’s really inspirational!

  5. I’m so tickled for you, Kelli! You’ve worked hard towards your goals and it’s wonderful that you’re achieving your dreams. And hooray about the skinny pants.

  6. *Clank*

    That was my jaw hitting the floor.

    Congrats on all of the above – you’re going to ROCK that race. Just like you’re rocking those skinny jeans!

  7. That’s pretty awesome, to be able to look at yourself objectively and say, with conviction, “Dude, I’m in shape.”

    How exciting! I’d think you’d be burnt out by now, but instead you’re all pumped! Like a newly changed tire. I hope it’s so much fun and you have no flats at all. (I’m terrible at changing flats. Seems like you need super-strong thumbs.)

    When I first took up cycling just a few years ago) I noticed my thighs got bigger (like Jen) but my butt got smaller. I was pretty happy with the tradeoff.

  8. That’s amazing! At this point in my life I cannot ever imagine being “in shape” again (shape of a whale, yes…)

    Congrats on all your hard work! I can’t wait to hear how everything turns out in the end and how the race goes. What a cool accomplishment. 🙂

  9. Way to go! Dang, I miss that feeling of being in shape. You have done a great job, and I bet you really do rock that Triathalon. I can’t wait to hear about it when you are all finished.

    And hurray for the skinny jeans!!! 🙂

  10. I have several of those pants in my closet for the day I can wear them again, lol! You’re an inspiration Kelli. You aren’t afraid of hard work and it shows. Good luck in your upcoming Triathalon.

  11. i honestly don’t know how you do it all, kelli. i am constantly in awe, whenever i hop over to your blog to see what you’re up to. i am doing a sprint distance tri tomorrow, and i am terrified! (mostly bc i haven’t been training consistently since school started.) yet you do them weekly! then go to work! then craft and bake and more! you truly are an ironwoman. do you not need any sleep at all???

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