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I need YOU to keep me on track!

Posted Apr 22 2009 12:00am
Here it is: I have officially taken the plunge into the self indulgent world of blogging! I have resisted this for awhile (and by resisted, I mean started blogs but just never told people about them haha) but I have to admit I LOVE reading other people's blogs, so maybe you'll love reading mine. Then again, maybe you won't...but hopefully you will anyway because I have decided to take on a new challenge and I am going to need old friends and new friends to keep me on track.
The challenge is: A Sprint Triathlon. Before you think I have COMPLETELY lost my mind, let me inform you that a sprint triathlon is nothing like a real one (well except that you do swim, bike and run) but there are no marathons involved, thank goodness! The particular sprint I am hoping to do is 1/3 mile swim, 9 mile bike, 3.1 mile run. I THINK I can do each of these components individually, however I am positive that I can not do them all together- but I WILL be able to- by July 19th to be exact.
I have wanted to do one of these ever since I worked at an after school program during college. My boss there did one every summer and she tried to convince me to do one with her the summer after my senior year, but Eric and I were too busy taking the most ridiculous trip to Europe ever so I couldn't do it. Ever since then I have always looked up when they are and thought about doing one but never took the plunge and signed up. I think I even listed how I wanted to do this in my 25 random things post on facebook. However two things have made today the day I'm going to start training and just do it.
#1- As of February, I could run for about five minutes before I would get tired and walk. Sometimes I started up again but there was never consistent running. I decided to do the Couch to 5K plan (http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml). I am happy to say that I can now run 4 miles (on a good day, but still) and I am going to run my first 5k next Saturday (May 2nd)! Knowing that I was able to train for this gives me the confidence I need to take on the Sprint challenge.
#2- I admit it- Marathon Monday totally motivated me. I can't think of a time I've been more impressed by two people than I was by Kristen and Jon on Monday. If they can get up and run 26.2 miles after their past few weeks (or year!) then I should be able to handle a simple sprint triathlon!

So now I am hoping that you guys will help me by keeping me on track. I'll post about my training, and hopefully some other entertaining things along the way (don't want to bore you guys). You can comment and yell at me if I don't do what I'm supposed to do :) And when it's all over I can start on my next goal... to publish a book! (just kidding...well at least not this year).
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