Now that I’ve gotten my asthma/breathing thing somewhat under control with steroids and an inhaler (asthma bong, as I affectionately call it), I’m turning my attention to something I’ve always wanted to do: a triathlon.
This week I’ve started my training because I feel like I’m close enough to the weight where I wanted to start running again. I’m still heavier than I want to be which will make it a bit of a struggle, but I feel like I can do it. I’m inspired by many of my bloggin friends who ran marathons and half marathons this past weekend. If they can do that then I can definitely train for a triathlon finally.
Doing a triathlon has been on my goal list forever. It’s one of those “some day” goals that is something I’ll get around to accomplishing “some day.” So far years have passed and I still haven’t done a single triathlon. I haven’t even tried.
I’m changing my “some day” triathlon to an “upcoming” triathlon.
I’m doing it!
I found a great women only triathlon here in New Zealand. It’s actually a triathlon series with multiple events across the country, called Tri Woman. It looks like a fun event that’s about participation and doing your personal best.
It’s slightly shorter than a sprint triathlon, with a 300 m ocean swim, 12 k bike ride, and 5k run. To be honest the only thing I’m worried about is the run. I’m already able to complete the other sections without any problems. My main goal over the next three months is building up to accomplish the run and doing all the events back to back.
I firmly believe that I can do this.
Tonight was my first training “run” and it went well. The newbie plan I’m on is a run/walk deal that alternates intervals and I didn’t find it hard at all despite not running for months. I’m running at the local sports field where there is soft grass that’s much better for my knees and I’ve made sure to take as much care of myself as possible. I’ve put a lot of thought into this whole deal and I know that if I just stick with the training program over the next few months I’ll be able to run my little heart out. The best part is that the run is actually run or walk so if I feel that I’m still not completely there I will still just go and walk the three miles. Won’t hurt me as long as I finish. Finishing is my main goal for this first one. Crossing it off the life list after it’s long term stay there.
The first triathlon in my area is in January (summer here!!). I will be entering this one and if I enjoy it entering one or two more during the season. I would love anyone in the area that would like to join me to please do so! I would love to have a training buddy or group and I think the race would be a lot of fun if we were going together. So if you are in Auckland or even anywhere in New Zealand and interested, just contact me. ;)
I’ve written about this for some encouragement and also accountability. This is a commitment to training that has an almost daily requirement that I will need to complete. Do me a favor and occasionally catch me on Twitter or Facebook and ask me how the training is going. Remind me that it’s going to be so worth it to finally do a triathlon after dreaming about them for so long.
Have you ever done a triathlon? Have any tips? If you haven’t, do you want to ever do one?