Week 61 – Sprint Triathlon


My hiatus from the scale continues. I will not be weighing myself until after this triathlon coming up. As you all know, I still have at least 30 more pounds to lose but I don’t want to be bothered by the mental stress of scale watching while I am training. Give me your thoughts in the comments.

 

 

I wanted to give you guys an update on the training for my first triathlon.

I have been swimming, biking and running a bunch lately. But this week I plan to get super serious. I mean that I plan to ACTUALLY do ALL three of them in the same day…

Last week I was able to meet up with Team Trek Tri For the Kids for the first time. Here is a picture of that encounter…

Ansel Adams, eat your heart out.

But all seriousness aside. Jason and Brian met me at the pool near my house and we did some swimming, then we biked a bit and then we ran. What I realized is that I thought I knew how to swim. But I don’t. that is not a fun thing to realize four weeks before my first triathlon. But luckily Jason is an awesome and gracious instructor. He showed me what I was doing wrong (a lot) and praised me where I was doing well (not so much) and gave me clear and concise instructions. As a matter of fact when we met up this past Tuesday, he said that he was already seeing improvement.

Brian is an awesome guy to. There are not many (probably none) overweight 17 year old kids who would commit to train for something like this. He and Jason had already been working on swimming before we all met up and that kid left me in the (water) dust. Maybe something about a wake would be a better analogy. Whatevs.

Here is an actual picture of the three of us in our Trek gear getting ready for the cycle portion of the day’s training.

I really need to do something about my camera-resting-on-a-car-roof photog skillz. They be whack.

Here is Brian sporting the awesome bike that Trek is letting him use for the race.

How awesome is that!

Well Brian is out of town this week, so Jason and I met up on Tuesday. If any of you follow me on Instagram (follow me on Instagram jive turkeys) then you will have heard about the flat tire that I got whilst riding on the Isle of Palms Connector and the subsequent realization that the spare tube also had a hole in it. So much for biking. It did, however, make for an epic photo op.

Jason called his girlfriend (at 7:30) to come get us. It would have been a much more pleasant ride back to the house had she not gotten a ticket on the way to pick us up. I felt bad that we were the reason she left the house in the first place. Doh! Sorry Katie!

We were then left to find our way to the a local swimming hole. Namely the rec department pool that has lap lanes open all day. Bully for us! It was at this pool that two things happened. One) I felt more comfortable swimming the laps using the guidance that Jason had provided. Two) I realized once I had gotten to the far end of the pool and found myself underwater while trying to turn and talk to Jason, that some pools still have a deep end. Yeah, I am used to pools that are 4 1/2 feet at their deepest. Good thing I know how to swim. Also there was a Pool Yeti sighting. I snapped a shot. Here it is…

What a majestic creature he is.

So I now have four weeks to get into the type of shape I need to be in to finish this sprint triathlon. I am feeling a lot more confident than I was the other day when I said that 600 yards is a formidable foe. There is still a long way to go though.

I shall, however, make you proud.

 

 

6 comments to Week 61 – Sprint Triathlon

  • Charissa
    Twitter: colourfulpalate

    I think it’s great not to worry too much about the numbers on the scale and go how we feel and look! 🙂

  • Great that you are getting swimming coaching. I didn’t want to mention a lot of things last week. But I do remember new swimmers actually making themselves go slower by swimming harder with lots of extraneous movement counter any progress they made. One place where you not reaching your weight goal will be an advantage is that a little around the middle will increase your buoyancy or “floaty-ness”. So you won’t have to work on staying afloat. Granted you still have to pull your mass through the water. 😉

  • I didn’t realize you got a flat tire! How did I miss out on that? Also, I can’t believe you saw a pool yeti! Amazing! *attemps loud, obnoxious yeti noise*

  • DAD

    That pool yeti looks like he likes the company of men… not that there is anything wrong with that.

  • DAD

    I was joking that the yeti prefers men to women and capped it off with the last part, which is a Seinfeld joke about homosexuality.

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