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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!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 05/04/2010 7:51 pm

    I’m so excited to have come across your blog. I just decided (today) to sign up for my first every sprint tri and I’m really nervous (and really excited). I have a feeling your posts are going to be really helpful!

  2. 08/02/2013 8:31 pm

    I seldom comment, however i did a few searching and wound up here About | Beginner Triathlete &
    Loving It. And I do have a few questions for you if it’s allright. Could it be simply me or does it seem like some of the remarks appear as if they are written by brain dead individuals? 😛 And, if you are posting at other online sites, I would like to follow everything new you have to post. Could you list of all of your public sites like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

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