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.

Next year

phunt77by phunt77Oct 23rd 2010
My first race is done. Looking back I know there are a couple areas I need to work on. First is by biking. I need more speed. Second is swimming technique. Someday I would like to do an Ironman so I would really like to get my technique down. Lastly, my swim to bike transition needs to be faster.

Now on the solutions. The easiest solution for the biking portion is a new bike. The bike I road in my first race is a Schwinn Tourist (a hybrid road bike according to Schwinn). Not a bad bike, I really like it actually. But it isn't meant for racing. So I wanted/needed a new bike. But I didn't really have the money. Thanks to a bonus from work, that problem was solved. Still on a pretty tight budget I found a bike that is a definite upgrade. I found a 2008 Quintana Roo Kilo that should be arriving in the next week. Not the best bike in the world, but when you're on a tight budget that bike will work. The next part of my plan is to purchase an indoor trainer so that I can keep "riding" throughout the winter. For swimming technique, I turned to the internet. I found a couple things that I can work on and have a training plan to implement them. To fix my T1 time, I am thinking of buying a tri-suit. I could wear that under my wetsuit so that I wouldn't have to put anything different on (my running shorts and shirt).

When will I be able to try out my changes? There is a sprint tri that I am contemplating racing coming up in June. We'll see. That seems like it's too far away, so maybe I'll find one that's sooner. So there's my "off season." Can't wait until the bike arrives. Hopefully it will be warm enough out that I can take it for a test ride...
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