Obese to Triathlete in One Year

Ok ok. So more like 14 months.

It was last May that I weighed in at over 330 pounds.

It is this July that I will be running in a sprint triathlon.

Obese to triathlete in 14 months. And I am just a regular ole’ guy. Imagine what you can do, you beast-of-an-awesome-person you. Seriously. It’s not like I’m skinny now. I am just active now. I think it is time that you got active too.

Wanna hear something funny? No? Ok.
Well here is something mildly amusing then to replace the funny thing I was GOING to tell you. I wore glasses from the time I was in fifth grade right up until about 6 years ago. That is pretty much all of my “growing up” years and well into my young adulthood. I made the drastic decision to get laser eye surgery in 2006. It was one of the best things that I ever did. Now here is where I think it gets amusing assuming that you are still reading in anticipation of said hilarity. It took me more than 3 years before I stopped waking up in the morning and reaching over to my bedside table to grab my glasses. I was so used to wearing them that it didn’t make sense to my body to NOT be wearing them.  Ok, so it isn’t THAT funny.

Here is where I will now relate it to the topic at hand.

I am still getting used to the fact that I am not the big huge fat guy I have been for so long. I am still afraid to sit on plastic chairs for fear of them crumpling under the mere thought of having to hold me up. I still get uneasy at the thought of sitting at a booth at a restaurant even though I have been able to fit in every one I have been in for a while now.

So with all of that being said, I have had one nagging fear about my first triathlon. It is NOT the 600 yard swim, or the 12 mile bike ride, or the even 5k run at the end.

It is the whole tight fitting outfits thingy that most of the triathletes wear.

When I was told that we were getting sponsored by Trek Bike of Mount Pleasant I knew at that moment that meant that I would have to wear a triathlon jersey…I was already having panic attacks over what I would wear without having someone else choose it for me. Now I would have to wear a legit jersey? The thought of squeezing 250 pounds of me into a sausage casing meant for a 180 pounder made me think about starting a Wellbutrin regimen! Can you imagine the Michelin Man wearing a spandex leotard? Because that is how I imagine I would look.

Well I got my jersey today.
It is going to take me a long time to get over my body issues.
I get it.
But the below picture should help.
Check it out.


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