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Time for a new challenge
Time for a new challenge
When I got out of college I found myself 50 pounds overweight and working 2 jobs, and working out was not a priority. Then one day it changed. No great inspiration other than my wife was losing weight, and I wanted to as well. I started by telling friends and family that I was going to run a 5k. Then I moved on to a 4 mile race, and last year a rather hilly and challenging 7 mile race (The Bix in Davenport, Iowa). But triathlons have always fascinated me. So that is my new challenge.

giving up? not yet...

phunt77by phunt77Apr 23rd 2010
I never thought I would give up on a goal. But I must admit, I came really close to giving up the triathlon. For about a week and a half, my swimming schedule was in shambles. I had 2 really, really bad sessions in the pool. I just got tired really fast, and couldn't complete more than 4 laps at a time. It was really tough because I had been doing 40 laps (straight) and even swam a mile (52 laps) straight once. So I was really itching to get into the pool to prove they were flukes, but the club I go to shut down the pool for maintenance. It might not have been a big deal, but I had 2 bad sessions and the swim is the part that I am the most nervous about to begin with.

But, it is also amazing what a couple of good sessions can do for your outlook. I was finally able to get back into the pool on Monday...and I was back to 40 laps straight. I think I even figured out what my problem was. I was swimming too fast and that really wore me out. Funny thing about swimming too fast though, is that I now feel a bit stronger when I'm back at my normal pace. So some faster laps will probably become part of my training. Now, instead of being ready to give up, I feel like I am ready to go. So what looked like a really bad time has turned out really good, as I now have a lot of confindence that I can get through this swim.
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