I am a triathlete

I like to say that, even though my entire triathlon career consists of one sprint-distance race in which I almost drowned. This year, that is all going to change. I registered for a half-ironman this July. What was I thinking you ask? I was thinking that I am going for Ironman in 2009. Yes, I may be crazy. But I need some motivation people. 2007 was the first year in 5 years that I did not run a marathon, or really any other events for that matter. At first I thought it would be good to take a year off. I was wrong. I have never been so out of shape in my life. Okay, in the past five years, but it still sucks. Yes, I still ran and went for the occasional bike ride, but without a training plan I have no direction, no need to put in the miles.

The main thing that has been holding me back from becoming a full-fledged “triathlete” is a little thing I like to call swimming, or for me, doggy-paddling. It’s not that I can’t swim. I am a licenced SCUBA diver for crying out loud. The problem is in the technique. I am not a proper swimmer. The sprint triathlon I did consisted of a 1/4 mile swim. In the twelve minutes it took me (yes twelve) I believe I used a variation of the front crawl, back stroke, doggy paddle, side stroke, and dead man’s float. It was not pretty.

So my goal for now is to become a better swimmer. I have a weekly swim date at the Y, and in the four times I have gone, I feel I have improved immensely. Now it is time to map out a training schedule for the July 20th race. I know I can handle the running and biking, but the swim still scares me. Especially since it is in Lake Michigan, where there have been 3 foot waves on race day in the past. Fingers crossed for calm waters.

So I guess this blog will also consist of my training journal, and my road to Ironman 2009. I am going to add some blogs to the sidebar that I find inspirational as well. Maybe even my race calendar if I decide to get fancy. Or if I can figure out how to do it, whatever.


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