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

Thursday, April 25, 2013

[insert important-announcement-type music]

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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