We are following two folks in the YWCA Club W Triathlon Training program on this blog. Here are some excerpts from Susan’s journal.
Late Feb 2010 (before training)
I have a dream – I want to do a triathlon! Over the past few years, I’d lost focus on my health. Sure – there were plenty of reasons – crazy job, travel, obligations, knee injury, love of strawberry cheesecake blizzards…on and on. I always thought of this sedentary life as something temporary. But as the years went by the weight piled on (how dreadful it was to have to start shopping in the “Big Girl” section), the joints hurt more and the zest for living just seemed to dim. I knew I needed a goal- something to shake me out of my coach potato coma. I had started working with a fabulous personal trainer, Ellen Garrison, for my knee rehab. She told me of the great triathlon training that the YWCA does. Ellen was confident that I could do the tri and really encouraged me. I talked with my Doctor – from a health perspective; he thought the tri was perfect for me. I’m ready. Bring on the Tri!
March 9 – Tri Kickoff meeting
I went into the meeting all excited- telling myself “I’m a tri-athlete!”. And then – out of no where – all of my negative self talk started to gush out. As Jeff described the training I started to think “ Who am I kidding – I can’t do this. I can’t even run. I weigh too much, I’m too out of shape….blah, blah, blah.” Ms Nasty-thoughts had taken over my brain and I decided I’d just slip away and forget this whole tri thing. Then I thought- if I don’t even try – what will my health be like in 5 years? How can my health change if I don’t have the courage to try some new things? So, I gulped, and signed up. The fear of not changing was finally greater than the fear of changing.
I’m going to attend the tri spinning class, but I’m really concerned. How can I manage an hour biking class when I’ve been struggling with my shorter weekly sessions? Well, Susan set up my bike before class – what a difference! No pain! The hour went by so quickly. (Note to self – pain is bad. Comfort is good. Ask for help next time in pain.) My confidence skyrocketed! I can bike. I really like the Club W trainers – so far I’ve worked with Jeff, Susan and Carol. They not only are really good, but they’ve got such big hearts. I’m glad to be part of the YWCA.
My favorite part of the training is swimming. It’s such a joy to effortlessly glide through the water. I always combine the lap swimming with plenty of stretch time in the water. Makes the muscles and joints feel great. I have no clue of what my speed is…which I’ll have to measure before the tri.
Well, time to check in on how I’m doing. Things are going very well. The structure of the training suits me. So far I’ve lost 8 pounds, but more importantly have gained so much confidence in myself. I hadn’t realized how much I had doubted my own capabilities.
As I train, my speed is really inconsequential. My focus is my health. Where I land in the pack during the tri really doesn’t matter to me. What does matter is that my life is getting better and healthier every day.