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Swim. Bike. Run.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I just had a CRAZY idea. I mean seriously, I think someone might have to lock me in a loony-bin.

I had a GREAT swim tonight - and quite possibly it is the reason for this crazy thinking I've been doing. I have a sneaking suspicion that I finally understand what "exercise euphoria" feels like... and I'm not sure that I like it - haha. But I'm darn well posting this as proof of this feeling before it goes away and I can deny it!

So I'm sitting on the bus on the way home, and I'm thinking to myself - I want to do a triathlon.

WHAT??? A Capital "T" Triathlon.

Now I'm not talking about doing this tomorrow - but maybe once I'm at goal. I've already decided that my goal reward is going to be a trip to Hawaii. But now I'm thinking that a REALLY good reason to go to Hawaii once I hit goal will be to do a triathlon. With my brother. Yeah - I'm going to drag other people into this CRAZY idea too. Stay out of my path - I might make you train with me.

I have NEVER thought like this before. Ever.

In previous weight loss efforts (let's be honest and call them what they were - diets), my only goals were tinier clothing, a smaller behind, and hotter dates. But the thought of being a Capital "A" Athlete never crossed my mind. Exercise wasn't really even part of the equation other than the painful, agonizing thing I had to do to get skinny. But every time I get in that pool, and every time I rock out a swim, and FEEL my muscles working and stretching and getting stronger, I feel like an athlete - and that feels good. In all the things that I have been called in my life - athlete has never been one of them. And I want that to change!

Oh Lord do I have my work cut out for me! The shortest triathlon involves a 750 metre swim, 20K bike ride and 5K run. I have no idea how many metres I swim a night - but I doubt it's 750 and currently I spend an hour doing it. I have a bike. I've ridden it once this year. It's a far cry from a street bike - a pink Schwinn Cruiser that I call "Roxy". Roxy's only ever seen about 5 miles total...in her whole life. And as far as the running is concerned - eesh. I walk home once a week - 2.5 miles. But the thought of running that distance scares the crap out of me.

But whatever drug was in that chlorine water tonight is making me feel that no matter how scared I might be of the Swim, Bike, Run routine - I can do it. I can do any darn thing I set my mind to. Anything. Throw it at me.

Ask me about this tomorrow and I won't know what you're talking about.

I know, physically, I won't be able to do this until I shed at least 100 pounds, so the goal is a distant one. But it doesn't mean I can't start training now. Swim. Bike. Run. Individually, I can do all of those things. I'll worry about putting them together later.

I guess I better tell my brother what I'm signing him up for!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 5/26/2010 8:09PM

    Awesome! I signed up for my first triathalong last week (Aug 28th!!) I highly recommend the book Slow fat triathlete, which talks about how to get ready for a triathlon before reaching goal. I finally got my first 5K done, so this is the next step for me. Congratulations on beginning the contemplation process, changing your thoughts is an incredible and powerful thing!

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/25/2010 3:06PM

    Wow. A triathalon! That is so cool! You can do it.

I love how this journey opens our minds to the possibilities. Really we can do anything and it all starts with opening our minds to the possibilities.

So I say rock on, gorgeous.

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You are awesome. Woot!

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TIFFYBABY26 5/24/2010 11:48AM

    I LOVE IT!!! I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! GOOD JOB ON SWIMMING FOR AN HOUR!!! AFTER THIRTY MINUTES I'M LIKE OKAY READY TO GET OUT NOW I AM TRYING TO WORK MY WAY UP I HAVE SWAM FOR HOUR A FEW TIME BUT HERE LATELY IT'S A 30 MIN AND GO!!! YOUR DOING GREAT KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!! YOU WILL BE DOIN THE TRIATHLON BEFORE YOU KNOW IT!

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WYND10 5/24/2010 10:36AM

    That is a fantastic goal! I think you can absolutely do it, and doing it in Hawaii...that's way AWESOME.

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SANDYBRUNO 5/20/2010 9:57PM

    Good for you. I say go for it. In the Spark Blogs there is an article about someone who started running at close to 300 pounds. If she can do it why not you. She even has 2 teams. You should read this and think about joining her teams. Who knows one day you may be writing your own blogs and starting your own teams. Good Luck!

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JENJESS48 5/20/2010 9:27AM

    Great goal! And great attitude - break it up into little chunks and it's much more manageable. Best of luck!

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KEC1974 5/20/2010 4:45AM

    What an awesome goal! I know you can do it!

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MEHOPEFUL2 5/20/2010 12:33AM

    You should go for it! Start your trainning and set a date for youself. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SCANIAMOM 5/20/2010 12:30AM

    I think this is a great goal and I'm sure you'll be able to get there if you just set your mind to it! Best of luck to you!

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