Five Stages of Doing A Workout I Don’t Want To Do

Training for an IRONMAN requires a ridiculous number of workouts. Sometimes I bound out the door excited to do the workout. Other times…not so much. Here are the stages of me getting out the door to do the workouts in the latter category (starring Biscuit, ChadShannel Royale, Tank, Melody, and Bu.)


Biscuit in a BlanketI’m going to go back and read the notes from Steve (my coach) again, maybe I missed something. There’s no way I actually have to do all this.

(Sometimes, when I open my coach’s notes at the beginning of the week and see how many workouts I have to do, and the duration of them, I just start laughing wildly.)



IMG_1996WHY THE FUCK DO I HAVE A LEG STRENGTH WORKOUT AFTER MY LONG RUN?  Did I piss off Steve? Am I being punished? Wait, this isn’t Steve’s fault. WHY THE FUCK DID I DECIDE TO TO THIS?


Tank is concernedIf I don’t do this today, I could do add it to tomorrow’s workouts. Swimming, running, strength, pilates, and biking in one day isn’t too much, right? How many showers can I take in one day? Actually, biking isn’t that important is it – it’s only 112 of the 140.6 miles. Maybe I could do half of it and then tell Steve that dingoes ate my bike.


IMG_1278I could watch The Fellowship of the Rings, the director’s cut, with bonus special features, in less time than it will take me to finish this workout. Why?  WHY? WHYYYYYYYYY?



BuddhaI decided to do this, I want to cross the finish line, I’m doing this workout, Let’s go.


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Hi, I’m Ragen Chastain. Speaker, Writer, Dancer, Choreographer, Marathoner, Soon to be IRONMAN, Activist, Fat Person.
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3 Responses to Five Stages of Doing A Workout I Don’t Want To Do

  1. DennyTriMoney says:

    Lol I’m rolling at the picture of the pup under the blanket. My wife and I have minature schnauzers that go everywhere with is and that looks like Millie when it comes time to get up. Her brother will be bouncing off the walls and she’s like a teenager that needs to sleep another hour.


  2. teamenvision says:

    So true – getting out the door is often the hardest part. Love the photos!


  3. lsstrout says:

    Your dogs are frickin’ adorable!


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