Kevin and I decided to participate in a triathlon. Neither of us have ever done this before – Kevin has run a number of half-marathons and a full marathon. I have run a half marathon, multiple 10k’s and 5k’s. We both would like a new challenge so we opted for a sprint triathlon! It isn’t until the end of August, so we have plenty of time to train.
I started exercising the beginning of March – mostly a run/walk combo. I also went to see my trainer and started strength training about the same time. I have never been much of a cyclist – I really have only biked more than a couple of miles a handful of times. We have a 4 mile loop around our neighborhood that I told Kevin I was going to do once or twice. Kevin suggested I start with completing the loop once and then see how I feel. I also want to try to run at least a mile after each time I bike – so I can get used to the feeling of going from biking to running.
So I started out on my 4-mile loop feeling pretty good. About 1 1/2 miles in I start going uphill – a big hill – I can hardly pedal. Seriously, I thought I might have to get off my bike and walk it 2 1/2 miles home!! I considered turning around, but figured since I was almost halfway I should just keep going. I’m going up and down a number of hills – each time I go up, I am regretting my decision to bike ride and each time I go down a hill, I think “Okay, maybe this isn’t so bad. I can totally do this.” I get close to home and my calves and my behind are killing me!
Now remember I thought I might try to do the loop twice – yeah right, not gonna happen this time. Oh, right, I also thought I might run a mile. Ha! I put my bike in the garage and start to jog down the driveway. My legs totally feel like jello! I proceed to run a couple of minutes – I seriously don’t think I can go any farther but now I have to get home. Thankfully, I only ran about 3 minutes away from the house so I run 3 minutes back (it wasn’t even close to a mile).
When I walk in the door, I said to Kevin, “What have I done?” I can’t believe I paid $90 to do a triathlon. I just might die in the process!! (Go ahead and call me dramatic).