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It's Official - I am going to be a triathlete!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

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I've decided: I will complete an Olympic-distance triathlon to celebrate my 50th birthday in September 2015. That gives me two years to prepare myself to swim 1500 meters, ride 40 km, and run 10 km. I'm telling people around me to ensure it will be embarassing to fail. I'm considering telling people I really dislike so that failure will be humiliating. (Just considering it, though.)

I can already ride 40 km. I know I'll be able to work up to running 10k. (In fact, getting to that point may mean I end up a lot lighter than I'd planned.) I'm not crazy about swimming, but I'm willing to work at it. The good news is there's an Olympic triathlon here in the Tri-Cities that does the swim in the Columbia River. With the current, of course.

I have a friend who is unhappy with her weight & fitness level who turns 50 a month before me. I think I'm going to ask if she wants to join. She has three kids and a dog, which will make training more difficult for her, but she can also set her own work schedule. I'm also thinking of finding someone local who interested in doing this, but who has a different "strong" event. Pairing up with someone who loves swimming but hates cycling may make be feel better about my dislike of swimming.

I figure I will do a few sprint triathlons next summer as a way of monitoring my progress and keeping myself motivated.

My first training step is to pledge to go for a walk during my lunch break at least three times a week. That's on top of riding my bike to & from work and my walk/run in the mornings before work. Even if it's just 15 minutes, it gets me out of my office and out into the sunshine.

I'm pretty excited about this. emoticon

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RITEEBEE 4/30/2013 12:57PM

    That is amazing!! You can totally accomplish this goal!! You are inspiring people all over (including me!)

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JULESJET 4/27/2013 4:25PM

    Awesome! That's a wonderful goal to work towards!

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CBLENS 4/26/2013 5:32AM

    Awesome, Best luck with the training.

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JUST_BREATHE08 4/25/2013 6:16PM

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Why do I want to run?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I am having a terrible time motivating myself to go for a walk/run. (It's mostly walking, interspersed with running. At some point, my body will be able to handle running.) Now that I'm able to ride more, my motivation to walk or run at lunch has plummeted.

I know the walk/run benefits myoverall health. It's a weight-bearing exercise (and boy howdy, is there a lot of weight to bear!) which will help keep my bones healthy. Running burns calories faster than cycling. Getting outside at lunch always refreshes me. I've never regreted getting outside at lunch.

The only downside is that I have to be in court at 1:30 on the other side of the river. I have to leave work by 1:00 to be there early enough to have my files prepped & ready to go. (No one likes an unprepared lawyer.) So it's a bit of a scramble, but I can do it.

I think I've talked myself back into the walk/run at lunch. But it still puzzles me how little motivation I have. I view running as the way to keep from getting really fat during the winter (oh, to be a brown bear and hibernate!). There was a time I actually enjoyed running. I imagine that once I get down to around 170 pounds, running will be both easier and more enjoyable. Clearly, I need to find some motivation to keep me moving toward running. (Just so long as it doesn't take much time away from cycling!)

There's a part of me that wants to get into good enough condition to do a mini-triathlon. The down side is that I enjoy swimming even less than I enjoy running, and the swim is the portion of the tri that's hardest for most people. I live along a river, so I have ready access to "live" water. (As a lot of newbies triathletes discover, there's a huge difference between swimming in a pool and swimming in a natural body of water.) The Hub has even agreed to walk along the river while I'm swimming to serve as my "sag wagon" (if there is such a thing for swimming).

Hmmm - I will be 50 in 2 1/2 years. Maybe that would be a great way to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of my birth - doing a mini-triathlon.

I think I just found my motivation. emoticon

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CORNERKICK 4/24/2013 12:27AM

  Good for you!!

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Kim's Tour Pro Moment

Monday, April 22, 2013

Took off down the road with my cycling glass still firmly wedged into my helmet. I felt very much like a pro. And heck, given all the painted-over penises that have been graffiti-ed onto the trail, it felt a little like France in July.

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SHERYLP461 4/22/2013 10:49PM

    Very cool glasses they are too!

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My incentive

Friday, April 19, 2013

I'm a team leader for our local Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Cycle for Life. I want to buy this kit. Yesterday, I decided that when I get down to 185 pounds (and stay there for a week, so no short cuts!), I get to buy it. Yes, it's pricey, but I want it and we can afford it. teamcf.dnacycling.cc/ladies.html

And maybe Team Vanderkitten will be my incentive to get down to 165 pounds. www.vanderkitten.com/shop/product-ca



Wednesday, April 17, 2013

As I was changing in preparation to ride my bike home, I discovered I didn't have shorts at work. I drove home. There isn't an emoticon sad enough to convey how that made me feel.

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CBLENS 4/18/2013 7:18AM

    we all been there...hopefully today you can get the ride in.

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FITANDFIFTY2 4/18/2013 12:37AM

    So sorry,, I know you will love the next day when you ride it home!! emoticon

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UMBILICAL 4/17/2013 11:11PM

  Another day

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