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Sparking a sprint triathlon?


Sunday, May 06, 2012

My last blog was about I can'ts. Signing up for a triathlon is a) bringing a whole forest of I can'ts. b) totally kicking the idea of I can't in the ass. There's a sprint triathlon in my town in 9 weeks, Sunday July 15th.

Why I want to do this: a huge accomplishment. Fit and healthy are my goals. Weight: I have been yo-yoing across the same 8 pounds or so since November: letting emotional eating take me beyond calorie range. A triathlon would help me focus on healthy, releasing some of the emotional fallout of trying to repair marriage after separation. Get eating under control. Fit: I've been keeping up with exercise.

Am I fit enough to train?
I've been swimming for 4 months now. I can complete a mile swim in about an hour and still function. The sprint swim is 400 yards. 8 times on a 50 yard pool or 16 times on a 25 yard pool. No problem, slow and steady, about 30 minutes or so. I'm intimidated about the 5 second starts, of course. I never wear a swim cap, as I feel enough like a sausage in a swim suit. Wonder where the electronic distance thingie goes on your swimsuit. I'll have to look that up.

Cycling: this is the training I need from starting off. If I go 3 miles 3 times this week, and add a mile to each cycling interval per week, I can get there to 12 miles. 20 years ago, I cycled regularly :) Let's hope some muscle memory comes back into play! Back then, 12 miles was a typical ride. It was the 100K that had me considering falling off the bike so the sag wagon would drive me back to the finish line. Bike shorts, ugh. Those could slip on over my suit.

I finished a 5K walk/jog in March. I plan to interval walking and jogging 2:3 for the 5K part of the triathlong. Yes, I left on the g at the end. 3 miles will probably seem very long, indeed. Can I jog in a swimsuit (my girls are generously proportioned)?

What are the I can'ts:
Superficial, I know: appearances. I am morbidly obese, not sleekly defined muscle. Not gonna let that one stop me.
As out of place as my body type seems, so does my "equipment" a mountain bike and regular tennies is way more comfortable for me than a racing bike and clip on shoes. I HATED being clipped into the bike, having little confidence in my balance. I get that I will be "wasting" energy and effort being able to detach myself instinctively if I fall. Did I mention comfort levels?

Physically, what if my body isn't ready? What if i get hurt? What if i have a training injury. Yeah, that's what I thought about starting the walk/jog training. I finished.

Step by step. Today's goal: ride bike 3 miles, walk 15 minutes afterward, swim 30-45 minutes. Oh, and finish today's cardio workout for the Spring into Shape Bootcamp. Spark Coaches, you've brought me this far!
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AROCHFORD 6/1/2012 4:53PM

    Hi I use the training plans from beginner triathlete. I also wear a sports bra under my bath suit/ tri suit,

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