I’ve always been an active person, but never got in to organized sports. I tried basketball in middle school and mostly sat on the bench. I tried out for softball in high school and didn’t make the team. So then I decided to follow in my Mom and Dad’s footsteps and started running. I immediately fell in love with the post run high.
In college I joined the cross country team, but crippling anxiety on the night before races didn’t allow me to rejoin my sophomore year. So I just started heading to the gym trying to stay fit.
When my parents upgraded their road bikes, I’d join them on bike rides when I was home on the weekends, and then when spinning got big I caught the bug and started to hoping on a spin bike at least once a week.
Swimming, I hardly ever did. A fear of what is under me in deep water and a distaste for chlorine kept me pretty far away from goggles and a swim cap, but growing up in a lakes region kept me fit at the sport.
So that brings us to me in 2007. I was mostly staying fit on ellipticals, which I soon discovered don’t really get done what your body needs to truly be in shape. Then I got engaged. Now was really the time to start doing something good for my body that would also get me in shape for the big day.
A co-worker was a big time runner, and encouraged me to start doing races with her. The first two left me anxious and miserable, but then as I kept signing up for 5k’s and kept having fun running them, the anxiety faded. Racing was fun again, and so was running.
My Mom had already done a couple of Tri’s and loved them, I ran the run portion with her in one of them and knew someday I’d do one with her.
So in April of 2008 I started training for my first 2 Tri’s. I did a “mini” one in May and it was fantastic, it was fun, easy and fulfilling. My first sprint/olympic was in August of 2008 2 weeks before my wedding. Sure I was nervous, and yeah it was hard, but I loved it. Top all that with the fact that I got in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I was hooked.
So that brings us to today, and this blog. I’m going in to training season again and while I kind of blogged about my training last year, this year I want to become a source of inspiration and place for other beginners to come for guidance, questions, etc. Not that I’m any kind of expert, but I don’t mind putting myself out there and I like to write, so why not do it!