Friday, February 5, 2010

The Journey Starts Here

I have been working out regularly for 4 months. I'm relatively in shape now but still 20 lbs overweight! 5'1," 36 years old and 150 lbs!

My regular workouts include weight training with a personal trainer 3x a week, plus swimming and biking. When I'm in the pool I swim anywhere from 1/4 mile to 1.5 miles. Biking is mostly indoors now but its 1 hr spin class to sometimes a 2 hour class.

I have done a few sprint triathlons a year with two goals:

1). Finish
2). Not last

Some friends and I decided that we would try an Olympic distance this year so we scheduled it for late August. I have NEVER been able to run: my weight, my chest size, and hyper-mobility have prevented me from running more than a 5K without miserable pain. The thought of an Olympic Distance Triathlon was terrifying to me! 10K! I thought "well I guess I could walk."

It was Fri Jan 22 2010, My trainer Nicole had me on the treadmill doing sprints 1 min on 2 min off. I had the treadmill up to a 10-11 min mile pace, which is LIGHTENING speed for me! I kept this up for 30 min.

Sat Jan 23, I went to the gym and got on the treadmill myself. This alone was a bizare event. I cranked up the sprint interval to a 10 min pace and did 2 min on 2 min off. I was able to complete this for 30 minutes. This sounds stupid, but this 30 minutes of activity gave me the confidence that I CAN run.

Sun Jan 24: I arrived at the regular spin class with my friends Alexis and Anne. I was so jazzed up about the abiltity to run that I looked at Alexis and said "Ironman in 2012?" and she said "hm.. sounds like a good goal." From there.. we had a great spin class, then went into the pool and did some sprints and worked on the stroke.

Later that day I thought about it some more and every time I thought about the possibility of crossing that finish line, I would get choked up! I knew this was something I had to do.

I also started poking my friends to see who was with me. While talking to a friend Lori she said her husband Kevin has "always wanted to do that." I, of course, asked "so what's stopping you- this is 2.5 years away??" Needless to say he's joining me on this journey!


  1. Laura,
    That's awesome! Watching my sister compete at Lake Placid was an inspiring event. I got completely choked up while watching the swimmers go out. Mike Hollywood did the same Iron Man and it was awesome to see him out there and cheer him on as well. Good luck on your journey!!

  2. Thanks Michele! It's 2 years out, and something I just know I need to do!