|September 21, 2013|
This was a ridiculous decision in many ways. First, I don't have a bike and haven't ridden one since I was 10. Second, I can "swim" in that I don't drown, but I am no one's life guard material. Running was ok, but I am still sloooooooooooow. Oh, and I didn't sign up for a Sprint Tri - I signed up for an Olympic Triathlon. What? Yes. That's 1500 meters open water swim in the ocean, 24.5 miles on the bike, and a 10k (6.2 miles) running. So, now you agree I'm probably crazy, right?
The good news is that it was 16 weeks away and I had some conditioning with the running. The first thing I did was join the Y. In addition to the excellent gym, the kids could enjoy the outdoor pool with twisty slide all summer. I have been plugging away with cycling and running ever since, but I haven't quite started the swimming yet and I've got about 6 weeks left before race day. In my defense, I did swim for about a week and the kids told me I looked stupid - LOL. So, I finally called today about getting some private swim lessons and hopefully, I can get on the right path to swim much more frequently in the next 6 weeks.
I am planning on doing some Sprint Tris as soon as I can get a bike - which I am looking to buy in the next week or so. I'll post race reports and updates as they happen. In the meantime, I have talked about weight loss on this blog and my struggles so here's some good news on that front. I am happy to report that in the last year I've lost 40lbs. The only full body pic I could find was from 2011, but here is what 40lbs looks like on me:
I'd like to lose about 25 lbs more but I've heard differing reports on how training for a half marathon or triathlon helps or hurts weight loss. I guess time will tell!
As for running, I have 3 other half marathons on the radar for 2013 - The Run Raleigh Half in October, the City Of Oaks, and Wine & Dine at WDW, both in November. I'll try to blog more often, in case anyone is interested in my triathlon journey.
Oh, yeah... I almost forgot. Apparently, I am so convinced I am triathlete material that I went ahead and signed up for the Ironman 70.3 Raleigh that will be held next June. It's like this: I have to sign up NOW or it will be sold out by the time I convince myself I can do it. So I'm doing it. Last June, we did the balloons for the event. Next June, I will be working my butt off to finish it!