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Why am I doing a tri?

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

A while back, Owl_20 asked why, if I don't really like swimming or running, am I doing a tri? Why not just set some challenging cycling goals.

Thank you for asking. It made me think. And that process made me appreciate why I made this crazy decision.

For several years, I've set a goal of riding a century by the end of the season. I have yet to accomplish that goal. Saddle sores, tight IT band - something always derails me. I truly love being on the bike, but I am not accomplishing those goals.

My weight will always be an issue if I only ride. I love riding. I also love eating. I can burn 3000 calories on a ride. But, as disgusting as this may sound, I can easily eat 3000 calories a day. While being such a lardass makes climbing hills slow, tedious, and unpleasant, it also makes going down hills a lot of fun. And it doesn't really "punish" me for being so heavy. (I was about 210 pounds when I started commuting by bike several years ago.)

I will never be able to run a 10K if I don't lose more weight. Running is simply too punishing on this body. When I was around 180 pounds 12 years ago, I took up running because I didn't want to regain all the weight I lost cycling in the upcoming winter. It worked.

Switching to multi-sport has really energized me. I look forward to those walk/run workouts, as much as I gripe about them. (I gripe about my in-laws, too, even though I generally enjoy their company.) And because my focus is on three sports, I can justify doing a walk/run just twice a week. (But I know at some point, I will have to start doing it more than that. Kind of like I'm going to have to swim more than twice a month.)

I got lucky when I lost ten pounds almost immediately after my surgery. The weight has stayed off. I'm still eating too much, but I believe I'm much more in control of my impulse eating. And the weight loss has made a difference in my cycling, too: despite the four weeks off the bike (and not a lot of riding before my surgery because I was pouting), I was immediately back to averaging 14 mph on most rides.

My clothes fit better. I'm feeling muscles I don't normally feel. And I'm happy.

So, thank you, Owl_20, for making me think. It made me appreciate what my body can do a little bit more.

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  • v APONI_KB
    Plus you get to put a "swim/bike/run" sticker on the car.

    I wanted to do a tri because mostly I'm a runner but last winter I just got so sick of the cold and dark I was about to freak out. I started swimming at the Y just for something different. Then it seemed logical - ok I swim twice a week, I run every morning, hmm that just leaves the bike part and heck I used to ride to class every day in college. I can do this.

    not that easy

    I'm jealous that you commute to work via bike. I want to do that but I just can't quite get the logistics.
    1057 days ago
    What a great blog! It made me think, too. I might steal your idea and write one of my own about why I have decided to do triathlons.
    It is so interesting in how others train, and their own likes and dislikes. I'm not a cycling guy. I used to ride a mountain bike once a week, just for the health benefits, but don't enjoy it as much as swimming or running. As far as swimming, age has taken it's toll and I'm no longer a 'good' swimmer, but I really enjoy it.
    Thanks for the great thought provoking blog!!

    1058 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/6/2013 9:10:48 AM
    Awesome - I made the decision to do a Tri after I volunteered to be swim angel at the Iron Girl last August - Swimming and Cycling - I have down to good routine however , the running part needs work! To success - Karen
    1061 days ago
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