This morning I attended the “winter season” kickoff for Team in Training. It was a festive event with hundreds of people who are all training for upcoming endurance events. When I scanned the room, at first I felt reassured because I saw people of all Ages and Sizes. But then I realized that the vast majority of people who were my age (or older) or my size (or larger) were pretty much concentrated on the Walk or Hike Teams. When I made my way over to the Triathlon area, I saw a bunch of fit young people, many of whom were young enough to be my children. Big swallow.
That was one of the first “OMG” moments. The second one came when we went to our individual Tri room and they passed out the training calendars. I had been under the impression that the real training began next weekend, but no….. it starts TOMORROW. Swimming and running both! TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I spent a good part of the afternoon at Sports Basement, for which I had a 20% discount coupon (which ended up really really helping). New running shoes (mine are a good 3 years old and pretty beat up), padded bike shorts, optical goggles so I don’t end up swimming through the Golden Gate, and a new swimsuit. They told us to try on our swimsuits, lean forward in front of a mirror and make sure nothing “falls out.” (LOL)
Looking in the mirror in the store, I thought, “I feel like a Before.” I wonder what these next four months hold in store for me. I wonder what After will feel like.
Starting tomorrow, I will be working out six days a week. (I think this counts as “doing something,” right, Kris?) I am both ready and ready. Terrified and excited. Confident and insecure. Feeling completely crazy. I just got a text from one of my carpool buddies. I am to be at her house at 7:10.
I better start sorting out that gear.
July 24, 2011 at 1:53 am
This is AMAZING! So glad that you’re taking this on. Can’t wait to read more of your journey.
July 24, 2011 at 2:04 am
Woohoo! I am excited for you! Tell me how Team in Training works as far as the fundraising and requirements go. I used to belong to a tri team but since having Kyra, was not participating in group trainings or activities anymore so I couldn’t see renewing/paying for my team membership anymore. But I miss being on a team. Connecting with others and possible group training. I have thought doing something like Team in Training would be awesome but I am scared of the fundraising commitment.
July 24, 2011 at 4:57 pm
Jeannie, they give you MASSIVE support for the fundraising. There are a lot of “community partners” that give donations and also offer to host events where a percentage goes to your fund. They are really super proactive about giving you a ton of ideas, help, support. I am pretty confident that the fundraising is going to be manageable and also fun.
July 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm
Wow – so scary and exciting – and interesting to hear you chat about being with all the “fit” people.
I’ve been a bit discouraged lately – not a lot – but it’s been coming and going in mini waves.
My sis decided to do the half in Vegas – she hasn’t been jogging but she’s very fit. Uh… She ran 10 miles yesterday. SAY WHAT???? I’ve been consistently wogging for MONTHS and haven’t gotten any better.
So – my lesson always – is not to compare myself with others – this is MY path.
I’ve improved in almost EVERYTHING that I’ve tried.
I’m the healthiest that I’ve ever been.
And I can do pull ups now 🙂