Thursday, September 30, 2010
OK. I have finally decided to go the route of a Triathlete. I found a Triathlon I want to run next year. It is right here in Las Vegas out at Lake Las Vegas. It is the Showdown at Sundown on March 26th. I have decided to do the Olympic distance. That is Swim 1200 meters, Bike 20 miles (I think is is supposed to be 26) and Run 6.2 miles.
I have a training schedule which I will start next week. I know some people would say I don't need five months to train. Oh yes I do. I still weigh 242 lbs and get winded climbing the stairs. I have been riding my bike to work for a month now, but I need more.
I still haven't decided what charity I want to compete for. I know I don't need to do it for charity, but someone should benefit from my hard work. I have been studying about triathlons and how to train for them. Now it is time to put that into action.
Now, the fun part while I train. I need to go shopping. I need running gear, swimming gear and I hope to upgrade my bike. I am riding a seven speed mountain bike. It does what I need it to do for now though. I might just rent a good racing bike when I need to.
The training schedule I decided to follow is a ten week training program for beginners. I am a beginner, but I know I need the five full months to train. My training schedule will consist of swimming, riding and running. Sometimes just one a day and other time two a day. I will start out running three miles and will go up to six miles over time. I start riding eight miles and go up to riding 30 miles. Those are the easy ones. And what I mean by easy is that I have a bike to ride and streets to run on. But, there are no pools open this time of year to fit my two the three swims a week in. I have a pool at home, but it is only 20 ft long. I will have to figure something out.
So, please wish me luck and I will update when things start happening. Thanks.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Everyone knows that times change. Sometime for the better; sometimes not. But I am not talking about times in general.
Over the past two weeks I have found that I am not having enough time in the morning to get my exercise in. I would get up, do my first thing in the morning stuff, and then have twenty to thirty minutes to get in my exercise. This did all start when I started leaving earlier to get to work. I have to leave earlier because I ride my bike now and leave the car behind.
I guess I could take the car, but I am having such a blast riding my bike, I don't want to do that. So, the times, they are a changin. To give myself enough time to exercise in the morning, I have set the alarm for 4:45am instead of 5am. And, now that I am getting up earlier, I must go to bed earlier. So, now it is off to bed no later than 9:30pm.
Wow. This is quite a change for me. Day #1 has been a success. I got up when the alarm went off at 4:45 and was exercising by 5:05am. I was able to get my 45 minutes in before I had to start getting ready for work and I felt great.
I sure am looking forward to day #2. I hope it goes as well. Everyone have a great day and Happy Trails.
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