When I started triathlon 3 years ago, an iron distance race, 140.6 miles consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike and then a full marathon of 26.2 miles seemed like a pipe dream. I didn’t know how to swim. The furthest I’d ever biked was 35 miles and my road bike was way too big for me. The longest I’d ever run was 7 miles. An iron distance race wasn’t just scary, it was intimidating. If you’d told me that 3 years later I’d be doing one I would have laughed in your face. My how times change.
October 2012 I did my first triathlon, the Rex Wellness Knightdale super sprint. September 2013 I did my first Olympic triathlon, the Outer Banks Triathlon. October 2014 I did my first half iron triathlon, Beach2Battleship. I must have liked B2B so much that I signed up for it again for 2015, this time for the full.
Back in December I had all these plans about blogging all about my experience this year training for my first iron distance triathlon. Well, now it’s May and I haven’t done anything. 🙁 I suppose, thought, that now is as good as time as any to start.
For 2015 I’m currently signed up to run my first marathon in April (Raleigh Rock-n-Roll), the Raleigh 70.3 half iron triathlon (May 31) and the Beach2Battleship full iron distance triathlon in October. I will probably also do several smaller races. To make sure I can make it through all these events, I went to see a physical therapist today. I already knew my core muscles were weak but I didn’t realize just how tight they all were. So, I’m going to be working through this for a while until I can get my body back into shape. We’ll see how it goes.
I did a triathlon this morning. It was my first this year and my 7th overall. Here are my thoughts on each of the segments:
Swim – I normally tend to lose all my energy after a short effort, but today I managed to pace myself very well. I only stopped a couple of times and they were mainly just to try to sight where the next buoy was. We did a counter-clockwise swim and after the first turn we were facing the sun and the only thing I could see was glare. So, I followed the crowd as best I could until I could finally see the next two buoys. The water was very cold so I’m very glad I had my wetsuit. It was cold enough that I didn’t want to put my face in the water so I swam most of the time with it up (not ideal, but the wetsuit helped keep me more up than I would have been otherwise). I finished the swim feeling pretty good, although it took me a bit going up to the transition area to get my legs back. Continue reading Triangle Orthopaedic Sprint Triathlon
Around about the beginning of February I started trying to lose weight. I’m using the Hacker’s Diet which essentially says that to lose weight you must burn more calories than you take in. To burn more calories, I’ve been exercising, mainly running but also swimming and playing racquetball. So, after a month, here’s my current progress.
I’m hoping I can continue at this rate for a while since my goal is to lose around 60 pounds. I may have more of a problem right now since at the moment I’m currently under doctor’s orders to do “no exertion” until he can figure out why last Wednesday I had a thunderclap headache that sent me to the emergency room. I’ve got an MRI scheduled this coming Wednesday that will hopefully find out more about that and I’m hopeful that once that is done I will be able to get back to exercising regularly.
Anyway, I will try to post at least monthly updates here on my dieting progress.
So, NASA has come out with their proposal for the new deep space rocket that will finally bring our space capabilities back to where they were in 1969. It’s better than the current situation (which is nothing) and I certainly hope it gets built.