|Dr. Phil and I had a discussion...|
If you've followed my blogs for years, you may remember that I previously trained with the goal of completing an iron-distance triathlon. I focused on the running part, because I assumed that would be the hardest part for me, and when I got to the point in my training schedule where I was supposed to run sixteen miles for my long run of the week, I couldn't finish. Then I didn't know what to do, since my schedule was messed up, so I ended up quitting altogether.
I have always assumed that the biking portion would be the least of my worries, since I have completed two full century rides without ever really training appropriately. It was something like, "I enjoy biking fifteen or twenty miles, I'm sure a hundred will be fine." It kind of was. It was hard, but I finished and I was happy, so it must have been okay. I still think that.
Unfortunately, I discovered during my previous training methods that my swimming abilities are, well, awful. I don't even know how to swim with decent form, and I could maybe swim across a pool a couple times before I was looking for a break. Embarrassing.
I started thinking (rarity!) the other day, and I realized that if I didn't change my life, I would never be able to complete my long-held dream of completing an iron-distance triathlon. If I keep getting fatter and fatter, I'll not only get even more out of shape than I am now, but I will destroy my body to where recovery would be more than "hard" work. I don't want to have to joint replacement surgeries or anything.
It's time to do hard things.
Here it is:
I am going to be ready to complete an iron-distance triathlon in 29 weeks. That's a darn hard thing to do.
Keep watching the blog and I will have a ton of information to share about my progress. We're also going to be posting videos, so stay tuned!