Oh no, you did not just do that? Really? that? did you? What were you thinking? I can not believe it. No, seriously? you did what?
Yes, yes I did, and yes I will.
In my quest to make 2010, my year of action. I am taking action. I’m stopping talking about things, and I am doing. I have not swam or biked competitively ever. The last time I ran in a track meet was bout 18 years ago (give or take a few years). Even when I did run, I ran mid-distance sprints. I did not run cross country. So, Can you guess what I did?
Congratulations! You are now registered for Chicago Triathlon, Kids Triathlon and Fleet Feet Sports SuperSprint Triathlon. Please check the event’s official website for updates: http://www.chicagotriathlon.com
Okay, I haven’t actually completed a triathlon. However, Yes, I did sign-up, and yes I will finish. You can cheer me on in Chicago Sunday, August 29, 2010 @ 6:00 AM local time.
I’ll be doing my best triathlete impersonation. When I finish, I won’t be impersonating anybody. I will be a triathlete. I’ve been talking about it for a few years now. I like biking. I like swimming, and I tolerate running when I have to get away from danger.
I know, I know. If you are a reader, you may be thinking that I am violating my own advice: Do not tell me your goal, and you will succeed. However, I don’t feel I have accomplished anything yet. I know I have work to do. Signing up is just one step along the way.
I have been taking steps along the way.
How do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time.
- I’ve been reading triathlon books at the bookstore (haven’t bought one yet, if you have a recommendation, let me know).
- I’ve been reading about improving my swimming form and better breathing techniques.
- I’ve been swimming once a week for the past few weeks.
- I’ve been doing some interval short runs/walk combinations to build up my running stamina.
- I’ve been doing some heart rate walking as well as some elliptical workouts regularly.
- I’ve been doing muscle focused weights every morning 6 days a week.
This is just the beginning. I’ve got 4 to 6 hours of running, biking, swimming, and weight workouts a week for thirty weeks.
So, as all the pro athletes state, focus on the next day, the next possession, the next move while thinking and planning multiple moves in advance. I focus on my next workout. I focus on my form during the weight workout. I focus on the posture while running, and the breathing while swimming. Build a strong foundation, and build up from there.
Step 1: Do your research. Done!
Step 2: Do a feasibility study. Done!
Step 3: Register. Done!
Next: Step 4: Build a training and fitness workout plan.
Next: Step 5: Execute the workout plan
What’s the funny thing about my registering for a triathlon?
I don’t own a bike. I do own running shoes. I own a swimsuit and googles, but not a wetsuit.
How do you train for a triathlon without a bike?
If you have any international distance training plans for newbies with 20 to 30 weeks, let me know.
More goals ahead. In the next few weeks, I am overloaded with work for my main job at my technology boutique consulting business. So, my simpleweight posts will be a little farther in between. Rest assured, I am making exercise a priority in 2010.
What’s your priority in 2010? As always, let me know how I can help you.