Hi, I'm Sara.
In January of 2011 the opportunity of doing a triathlon in September was presented to me. Within 30 seconds, I had whipped out my credit card and signed myself up. It was one of the craziest decisions I’ve ever made.
I’m not a fit person, but I am athletic. I grew up playing sports in school, but regardless, I’ve always been overweight. I don’t know why I thought I could attempt do a triathlon, but I knew it would give me a goal. I have tried to get healthy in the past using numerous diets and ridiculous amounts of exercise, including personal trainers, but I got bored after a while. Plain and simple, I didn’t have a goal.
A triathlon may be a crazy goal, but it’s a goal all the same. I’m a very competitive person and don’t like to lose. I also don’t like to let myself down. I know myself well enough to know that if I had a long term goal, I wouldn’t quit.
I started my training in January. It was a workout to walk 20 minutes, bike a mile and swim 2 laps at the pool. Now I'm "running" 2 miles at a time (with walking intervals), biking between 10-15 miles and swimming 24 laps on a regular basis. Not all on the same day, of course. That’s for the triathlon!
Although throughout this journey so far I’ve lost about 30 lbs, I still get looks from people when I mention I'm training for a triathlon because I'm still fat. I'm sure people think "Really? A triathlon? I thought that was for skinny people" and they are right. I'd say about 99% of all triathletes are skinny. But I'm out there and I'm trying.
I have the most trouble with the running, but I'm working on it and I'm not giving up. I've even signed up for the Disney Princess Half Marathon in Feb 2012. Crazy for me!! But I've committed. I don't care if I have to walk most of it. I'm doing it and I'm going to do my best.
A friend sent me this picture a while back that really helped me at the time and I still think of it often.
Thanks for reading along and supporting me on my journey to a triathlon, even though this journey hasn't stopped since triathlon day has come and gone. I'm kinda crazy like that.