Focus on the Minutiae, while planning many steps ahead.

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.

Chicago Triathlon

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?  

Guess, I know what I want for my birthday. A Triathlon Hybrid Bike and a Swimming Wet Suit. As Lucy says in her letter to Santa, just send tens and twenties.

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.

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