I've been debating about writing this story because I've never been big on self promotion but I think after a few months, I do have the right to be proud of this accomplishment.
So here's the story. My father has been one of the organizers for a small sprint triathlon held in late May. He had suggested I try competing in it a few times but I never really felt the desire to do so. I was not exactly triathlete material. I was am overweight, couldn't run any distance, and didn't know how to distance swim. Over the winter while talking with Rory (a riding buddy), we decided to give it a shot. Neither one of us were runners, and neither one of us had any clue how to swim distance. At this point, the only part of it that I had any confidence in was the bike ride. I may not have been the fastest bike out there, but I knew finishing a 20k bike ride was not going to be an issue for me. The swim and the run however had me quite worried.
Over the last 2 years, in the winter to try and keep some fitness when the snow kept me off my bike, I had been doing some light running. Unfortunately I had never worked my way up to the 5k required for the tri. My outlook for swimming was even worse. I have never done lane swimming in my entire life. I knew how to swim, or rather not drown, but actually making any kind of time or distance was a foreign concept to me.
So over the winter I start working on my running, doing 2-3 runs per week, staring with a mix of run and walk, gradually increasing the running until I was doing very little walking. Unfortunately as May approached, I was still only able to do around 4k at a time, but figured I could grind out the last 1k if it came down to it.
At the same time I started hitting the pool. My wife is a swimmer so she came along to show me how to do it. My first lap I realized I might be in trouble. I didn't know how to breath properly, kick properly, or even stroke properly. But after a few trips to the pool I was able to start doing some distance comfortably. Before I knew it I was able to do the required 750m in under the required 30 minutes. Not by much, but under the limit. I was feeling pretty good about the swim portion, confident about the bike, and only mildly nervous about the run.
TO BE CONTINUED... PART 2