Thursday, July 05, 2012
I am pretty sure I have completely lost my mind signing up for a Triathlon on Sept 29th!
So I have decided to blog my journey in hopes that I might inspire myself along the way to make better choices in my life and keep me motivated. I ain't gonna lie this is purely selfish behavior but maybe a few of you out there will join me on this journey and probably have a few laughs at me along the way.. so keep on reading as I try to update as often as possible and give me any advice you care to share along the way.
I am not new to SparkPeople by any stretch of the imagination. I joined in 2006 and proceeded to lose 75 lbs and ran my first half marathon in 2009 with some amazing women. Since then my journey has been very rocky and I have gained back 50+ of those lbs I lost.
So this crazy chic I work with told me that a big group of people were doing this Triathlon and I should sign up. In a moment of unadulturated denial I signed up thinking..... HA I got this! No Problem!!! This was obviously my 50lbs ago mind thinking for me!
But signed up I am and I am not about to look like a complete idiot so I am at least going to give this the good ol' headstrong chic try!
Begin my journey....
I can swim. Not a huge problem for me. Open water swimming is no issue- give me a current to swim against and well.. it definitely gets more difficult. I am slow and I have bad form... but I will get from point A to point B eventually without drowning. I am a good floater so if all else fails I float and take a break and start again. So long story short on that I am not worried at all about the swim part.
Riding a bike is a whole nother story. I grew up in the country. We didn't ride bikes because we only had dirt roads and mesquite thorns to contend with. So my bike riding days ended in 2nd grade. The bike scares me a bit. I really would like not to fall (too late- keep reading). My balance and steering leaves a lot to be desired.
So a guy at work that plays around with bikes built me a "Frankenbike" that he put together for me that will be enough to do the trick. Has more of a hybrid frame with road bike tires (not the crazy skinny one's but skinny enough). I chose to have straight handle bars and I will sit more upright than a road bike. But this is good enough to start with. The first night I got on it my husband stood in the driveway laughing at me. This is what I have to deal with. A cop pulled up and was talking to my husband about me not having a license for that thing... I guess I was swerving a bit! LOL... so insert husband AND cop laughing at me... ok ... not funny people! I only rode it up the street and back the first couple of times. The 3rd time I decide to get brave and ride a few streets over and contend with the hill to get back to our house but I made it... (barely!).
So then I think... OK to get some miles under my belt I drive it down to the flatter area and I think I got about 7 miles in without any major issues. Confident now right! I take off last Sunday morning... got everything I need and I am gonna blaze 10 miles no problem! Or so I think! Get about 1.5 miles down the road- a dog comes out of nowhere and my front tire goes off the sidewalk (in my defense it was a pretty decent drop from the edge of the sidewalk to the ground) my bike goes one way and I go another... I hugged the sidewalk. Lots of bruises later (including my ego) and I work to fix the bike right there thinking maybe just maybe I can keep going. Well... I bent the handle bars so I had to call for a tow truck... LOL
Hubby proceeds to tell me that I need to learn my limitations and maybe I should just stick to running. Insert... hmph... more determination and stubborness now. Wrong thing to say babe!
So I have a hugely bruised knee and plenty swollen. Haven't gotten back on the bike yet but just had to share... Lots of other bruises popping up reminding me I am no Lance Armstrong or any female version of him... Get checked out by the doctor and she proceeds to show me her beautiful knee scars from falling off bikes as well. I feel better now. (not!)
Not confident I can run after a long bike ride but I am going to work on that! I just need to lose some of this weight and it should get easier right? Please tell me that!
I am doing a practice Triathlon this Saturday with lots of experts to give us pointers etc. The cool thing is I can do some of it indoors or outdoors- so I think I am going to do the swim outside on the actual course I will do in Sept. Then I will probably take my docs advice and do just the Spin portion inside- then depending on how my knee feels I can just walk off the 3 miles or call it quits for the day. We shall see!
The bottom line is I am extremely unhappy at the weight I am at, I have this great challenge ahead of me and I have you to help get me there.... once you wake up from your nap after reading my boring post... LOL
So catch up with me next time as I update you on my progress...
I can do this... I can go from where I am at now... to completing a Triathlon!