Flashback to: December 2007: “I want to do a triathlon”
My first triathlon was set for August of 2008. I honestly believed that I had plenty of time to train when I picked that race. I honestly thought it would be easy. It was not easy. Before I started training, I had not run more than a mile in years. I hadn’t been on a bike since middle school. I hadn’t swam seriously since getting my lifeguard certifications ten years prior. Even though I had been an active member of the gym for 10+ years and was a pro at walking on the treadmill, riding the stationary bike and lifting, I had little to no base when I began the road to my first tri.
Flashback to August 2008: I finished my first tri.
In the time since, I have completed nine 5k’s, four 8k’s, one 7-miler, one 10-miler, six half-marathons, two duathlons, six triathlons and been the swimmer for three relay triathlons. Additionally, I am a finisher of the Air Force Mud Run and Warrior Dash.
I have conquered knee issues, shin splits and most notably a torn hip flexor. I have been down. But I have never been out. I was told this year I probably wouldn’t race until late summer and half-marathons were probably out of the questions. I was racing in May and in November I PR’d at the Philly Half-Marathon.
However, I have done very little since the Philly Half by way of working out. A few pilates classes, a couple two mile runs and a little biking here and there. It was a much needed break physically, and more importantly mentally. I was so drained coming off this season I wasn’t even sure I wanted to race in 2011. But some time off and a fresh perspective has all those thoughts in the past. And I am ready to get it going for 2011.
So, this week, I started over again. Of course this time, I have a much better base and I know my capabilities. I know I am capable of running 13+ miles, riding a bike and swimming for a mile or more at a time. The differences between 2008 and 2011 are immense. But one thing is the same: starting new is never easy. It will be a slow couple of weeks. You may have noticed my first race, an 8k, isn’t even until March. My first half is in May. I am going to start off walking and work my way up, following the 10% rule like it is my job! The idea for 2011 is slow & steady, have fun, stay healthy & uninjured and kick ass. 🙂
Yesterday was the first day of my 2011 training season. I went for a walk with my roommates dog and we had a blast. We were out for about n hour; not sure how far we actually walked and not sure I care. I worked up a great sweat and had a fun time in the snow.