Me, the triathlete?
in Not a Diet
I have a secret fitness goal: I want to complete a triathlon.
I’ve been thinking about this ever since I started swimming regularly about a month ago. I still have trouble conceptualizing the idea that this surgery is enabling me to lose weight and become more fit. I still see designer clothes and assume that I will never fit into them, ever. And I still can’t imagine that I could ever be a triathlete. I mean, how could that ever be possible? Linda is a fitness goddess and she is still freaking out about doing a triathlon. You know? So how could I, my perpetually overweight self, do it?
Yes, I work out a lot and yes, I’ve always been a decent athlete and attempted to get lots of exercise. But where I’ve always fallen down on the athletic thing is when it comes to stamina. Which is exactly what a triathlon requires. And yes, even though I’ve been living a relatively healthy lifestyle for awhile now, and have attempted the Couch to 5K multiple times, I still can’t run miles in a row. And I’m still a little apprehensive about being too fat to bike.
So, all I’m really working on is the swimming, right now. So let’s just say that
the triathlon goal is a super-far off, distant goal for me right now. I have more short-term goals too, of course. Because I know goals should be attainable and that I need to have goals I can actually REACH sometime in the near future in order to stay motivated. And I’m reaching those goals. I’ve already gone from being able to swim 40 laps in an hour to being able to swim 55. Part of that is that I am stronger and fitter and so I swim faster, and part of is that I take fewer, shorter breaks while swimming.
I want to keep improving with the swimming. I want to, once I’ve lost a bit more weight, get a bike and learn how to really ride it. I want to do the C25K again, and actually FINISH it this time. And then, when I’ve done all of those things, I want to combine them into a triathlon.
I don’t know why, but it SOUNDS doable to me, even though right now, without any training, it so, totally, absolutely is not. I’m talking about a short triathlon right now, a super sprint or similar. The kind that Linda linked to, where you swim 400 yards, bike 9.2 miles, and run 1.6 miles. Even though I can only do one of those three things right now.
And yet, I read this article recently, or was it a blog post? Something talking about a scale of fitness. On the one end was a total sedentary couch potato. And on the other end was a triathlete. Like, that’s the fittest you can be.
And yes, I know it was referring to the ironman type of triathlete, which is not what I’m going for. But still.
I still don’t believe that will ever be me. I still don’t think I’ll be one of those success stories who starts running marathons AND LIKING IT. I certainly have no goals of finishing this future hypothetical triathlon in any specific amount of time. I don’t care if I finish dead last. I just want to finish. And someday, even if it’s years from now, I WILL.