Triathlon. Yes, really.

So my husband and I have decided we’re going to train for a triathlon.

No, I am not kidding. Stop looking at me like that. Stop it! I’m serious! Really! I know, I know, I ate half a bag of chips last night (with homemade salsa, thank you very much), and I know I need to lose a lot of weight. This is part of that. I was incredibly inspired by a recent author’s post on Facebook that she’s lost 50 pounds while on deadline (and I’m not calling her out because I’m not sure she wants to be publicly recognized for it, but suffice it to say, seeing her success was incredibly inspiring).

I am sick of being heavy. I used to be fit — VERY fit — and now, I’m not. I could lay out all the excuses (full time job, writing, kids, blah blah blah), but those are just excuses. And I’m sick of making excuses.

I didn’t start this post to ask for support, I actually started it to ask if anyone wants to join us on this journey. The plan we’re using is a couch-to-triathlon plan, and you can basically start if you have no fitness regime to speak of. (The first day, you swim one lap and walk 20 minutes. The second day, you bike two miles. And so on.) The program is NOT intimidating, even if you’ve done nothing but sit on your ass and write novels for the last five years.

If you’re not familiar with triathlons, it’s a three-segment race, where you swim, bike, and run. We’re doing a “sprint” triathlon to start with, which is like a baby triathlon, with 1/2 mile swimming, 20 mile biking, and 3.1 miles running. (I think.)

Here’s a link to the program we’re following: Michael Pates 22-Week Sprint Program

It’s 22 weeks. Totally doable. If you’d like to join us, but you don’t have access to a pool, that’s fine. Click around on the site; there are plenty of duathlon plans you can follow. Or even if you’re just a single sport kind of person, it’s all good. I’m blogging about this for a sense of community, not to make anyone run out and join a top flight gym.

What do you say? Anyone interested? I’m happy to set up a shared blog where we can all track our progress.

If you’re intimidated, don’t be. Personally, I’m terrified of the biking portion. I DO NOT LIKE RIDING BIKES. And I can’t make a full lap of a pool without stopping at the end to catch my breath. I couldn’t run a 5K if someone put a gun to my head. AND I’M GOING TO DO THIS PROGRAM.

Anyone want to join us?

4 thoughts on “Triathlon. Yes, really.

  1. that’s very inspiring. I hope to one day participate in a triathlon, but I’m not quite ready yet. Good luck, I know you can do it!

  2. THE HOMEMADE SALSA MAKES THEM HEALTHY.
    The chips, I mean.

    OMG.
    BRIGID.
    Triathlon? This… THIS IS AMAZING. You are going to DO amazing! I’m not going to do the triathlon thing, but we’ve really gotten into the rockclimbing, and we’re about to start hiking, too, so it’s EXCITING! We even bought our own harnesses and stuff — saves renting.

    I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU! ♥

  3. You go Brigid! This sounds like a great challenge to set yourself and do and as Sarah said, you are going to do amazing! Exciting stuff and though this post might not be for support, know that were all here and cheering you on each step of the way! ♥

  4. Hello there! This is kind of off topic but I need some
    advice from an established blog. Is it very hard to set up your own blog?

    I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I’m thinking about setting up my own but I’m not sure where to start. Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Cheers

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