This is Day One
I’m gasping for breath, I’m sweating and I don’t feel well at all… Unfortunately this is not the tail end of a monster training session – I have just walked up three flights of stairs following a fire drill!
I’m not fat but I’m definitely getting a belly because I love eating so much. My body feels weak and lethargic. It’s a challenge to wake up in the morning, especially when it’s dark & cold outside. It’s very difficult to concentrate at work and I need a huge amount caffeine just to keep me awake.
Okay, so maybe that’s a bit OTT but it’s definitely about time I pulled my finger out and started to get fit. In defence of my nonathletic state, I have been fairly unlucky with injuries. Until 27 I had never missed a game of football but I have sat out seven out of the eight last [football] seasons with a variety of knocks; x2 ruptured ACLs, a torn medial ligament, torn ankle ligaments, broken toe and torn cartilage. My last operation was in March and last month I could only jog about 2k without my knee swelling up. So…..two weeks ago I got an email about a half-iron man in Marlow and within a few minutes I was all signed-up, paid-up and ready to go:
- 2km swim
- 86km bike
- 21km run (half marathon)
Triathlon has always interested me, ever since those days of Trans-World-Sport on a Saturday morning. I loved that programme, it was one of the only magazine style sports show on terrestrial TV and filled the Saturday morning slot before Gazetta Football Italia and Football Focus. The best part of the show was obviously the world football roundup but I still loved watching the weird and wonderful sports from around the world; beach volleyball, handball, superbikes, kabaddi and of course, the world triathlon series.
Individually I find running, swimming and cycling can bit a bit of a bore… but when you put them together in a race format it all starts to get a bit more exciting. I have completed several sprint triathlons in the past along with various open water swims, half marathons and a full marathon in Barcelona but this should definitely be the toughest challenge yet. July 2015 gives me seven months full training, which isn’t a huge amount of time considering I’m coming from a standing start.
Over the next few months it is my mission to become a sporting nerd – training before work, sticking to a diet plan, discussing various training techniques and equipment at lunch times and logging every last calorie burnt on the Garmin Connect app. Premium strength larger will be replaced with the Evian which I used to put in my iron. From this day forth it will be blood, sweat and gears all the way to the finish line – this is an online commitment which I can’t undo. A half iron man is only half of a dream but for now it’s time to let 70.3 take over.