in 4 days, my husband, losi, and i will be participating in our first ever sprint triathlon. did i just say that? i did. i can’t believe this is really happening!
just 5 months ago at the close of 2013, my husband was pushing for me to join him in a sprint triathlon come april 2014. i almost slapped him in the face when he first asked me because: 1) i couldn’t swim 2) it’s been 10+ years since my butt has been transported in anything less than four wheels 3) i just don’t do things like triathlons! so paying money to do those things in front of other people was just… i didn’t get it.
and then i got to thinking. i hadn’t reached any of my health or fitness goals in all of 2013. and bottom line, i’d be damned if I let that happen for a second year in a row. a triathlon was soooo far out of what i saw possible for myself, that i figured if i could make myself do that, i could do anything else.
so we started training january 1st, on new year’s day, baby! and guess what? i couldn’t even swim half the pool without nearly drowning and choking on water. losi could swim, but not efficiently, so he started watching swimming tutorials on youtube and then would teach me everything he learned. i can now swim a hell of a lot more than half the length of a pool and losi is way better, so we’ve come a long way. our run training has been mostly indoors because it’s still cold in utah through march, and we just never felt like braving the weather for a run. our cycle training has been purely cycle classes. we actually still haven’t sat on actual bikes yet. it’s crazy, but we’re doing what we can with what we have. we couldn’t afford to buy bikes, and we don’t know anyone who has bikes, and we can only afford to rent bikes for one 24-hour period…so that’s what’s gonna happen, haha. we’re renting bikes friday and we’ll take em for a good spin. then saturday, ready or not, it’s goin’ down!
on top of our typical swim/bike/run training, losi and i did an online training program called ironrhinolife.com (based out of st. george, ut). the strength training they offer did wonders for supplementing our triathlon training and is honestly the biggest reason we made it this far. iron rhino supplied us with not only a strength training regimen, but also a customized nutrition plan, and endless mental and emotional support.
the photo above shows what I looked like at the end of 2013 before I started this journey, and what training for this triathlon has done for me physically. it’s a shame, though, that the biggest transformation of all can’t be depicted in any photo or added by way of any filter. i wish my before photo could show the negative self-talk, self-hate, depression, and fear of failure that plagued my mind at the time. i wish in my after photo you could see that i’m more resilient to negativity, much kinder to myself, more comfortable putting myself out there, and also that I’m still fearful, just not crippled by fear like i was before.
when i look back at my journey to this point, the thing i’m most proud of is the fact that i couldn’t get through most of my training sessions without almost crying–half because i couldn’t believe i was pushing myself to train for a triathlon, and half because i knew nothing was going to stop me from doing that triathlon. acknowledging a fear and using it as a reason for why i can’t quit, instead of why I should, THAT is something that didn’t happen in 2013. oh, but it’s happening now!
one excited rookie,