So I woke up one day and decided to be a triathlete.

It started with the owner of Sunshine Bike Shop telling me I could have a free entry under their name for the Republic Tiger Tri in August. I’ve toyed with the idea of doing a triathlon since I started losing weight in 2010. It just seemed like one of those achievements I needed to have under my belt to prove to myself that I can.

Of course, I mulled it over more and more. Went so far as to plan our California vacation in a way so that I’d be back in time for it. Boyfriend began the Craigslist search for a bike (since I can’t justify a $400+ bike right off the bat) and I played the waiting game. Saturday it happened. We found a 2010 Trek 7.1FX for a great deal. Picked it up and the decision to do Tiger Tri was sealed.

I have to say, the cycling portion of it doesn’t intimidate me. Even if I looked like a five year old trying out my bike for the first time without training wheels. I’m a runner, my endurance is pretty great. I know it will translate just fine after I get a feel for the bike. It’s the swimming portion I’m most concerned with.

I know how to swim. I took swim lessons for years, I can freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, whatever. But that is HARD! There’s a reason swimmers are so ripped. You’re doing resistance cardio. It’s like if I went out and ran with a weighted vest (no thanks). Yesterday I did a 20 minute lap swim session, just to gauge where I’m at.

Where am I?
I need goggles.
I need to keep my face in the water.
I need to learn to breathe.

But I didn’t die. This triathlon is a 300yd swim. I can do that. I just want to do it well.

So here I am. Day two. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my year and a half of studying exercise science here (and from life in general, I suppose) it’s that I need a plan. My plan for today: strength training in the morning and a four mile run this afternoon after work. And depending on the bike situation of Boyfriend, maybe a short ride.

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