Ok, so it’s official. Back when I decided it was time to get fit for my 50th birthday (and actually even way before that), I had always had the idea that I would participate in a triathlon. My brother is a triathlete, a good one, and he is in incredible shape. Coming from the same gene pool, I figure I can do this too. (oh sure.)
So I signed up and the date of my very first triathlon will be April 18, 2009, just one month before the big birthday. It’s a starter triathlon (Mini Mighty Man) with a 400 meter swim, 6 mile bike and 2 mile run. However, coming from my state of years of no exercise, this will be a challenge. I started preparing when I started weight watchers in July, with walking. Now I’m at the gym swimming, biking and trying to run (this will be my toughest challenge as I’ve never been a runner).
I’m fortunate to have a background in competitive swimming, and even though I hadn’t been in the pool in a very long time and am still recovering from a torn rotator cuff injury, this has come back easily.
The rest will be a little tougher. However, I’ve made the commitment, I’m ready and I’m really excited! Of course it’s easy to be excited when I haven’t been to the gym in a week because of schedule conflicts, but I’m back there tonight.
I know exercise is an essential part of losing weight. However, I’m not a huge fan of it (even though I love the way I feel when I’m done). It’s so easy to find a million excuses not to exercise. I figure signing up for this triathlon and sharing my intentions with the world will be one really big, good reason to be exercising…and getting fit along the way!
I’ll keep you posted.