Sometime last week I got the idea that I wanted to complete a triathlon stuck in my head. I can’t really say why. I can’t say that I’ve ever jumped off my bicycle after a ride and thought “gosh, now I’d really like to take a run.”
Maybe it’s that I’ve been feeling soft and have not been doing a great job of getting myself moving.
Maybe it is to show my daughter that triathlons aren’t just for her big brother.
Or maybe it’s that I’m turning 40 (!) and a triathlon feels like a new challenge, different than my day-to-day challenges.
Or maybe, as I said to a friend recently, I have an undiagnosed head injury.
The triathlon for which I’m registered is for women-only and includes a 1/4 mile swim, 10 mile bike ride and 3.1 mile run. Of the three legs, it’s the run that is most daunting to me because I really don’t like to run. Or walk.
Generally, I prefer my sports to involve wheels of the bicycle and rollerblade variety.
Tonight I literally took the first step in my training, attempting a run around our neighborhood. I must have been quite a sight, wearing a bicycle jersey, sneakers which I haven’t worn in years (and weighed a TON), and carrying my iPhone in a plastic sandwich bag so it didn’t get wet in my back pocket. With much cursing and gasping I made it around our neighborhood, completing 1.94 miles in 22 minutes.
There was much walking.
When I got home Sophie was waiting to train for her own triathlon. Although all I wanted to do was collapse on the grass, she and I ran to the end of the neighborhood and back (.34 miles in total).
As I said, today was the first step of what promise to be many runs. But I can already find myself looking forward to reaching my goal of running around the neighborhood without walking. And I’m eyeing the SheRox Triathlon and, believe it or not, a fundraising run for the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition.
It’s got to be a head injury, right?
I’d love to connect with any of our listeners or readers who are training to reach their own personal goals, be they a triathlon, 5K or just to get fit. You can connect with me on Map My Fitness.