Thursday, 21 February 2013

Ready to TRI Something New

The countdown is on - I am in the final days of my post-op recovery. And while I know I still have a bit of a ways to go - I am ready to move forward. I have enough medical drama-rama this past year to last me a little while, and more than anything I just want leave all my genetic failings in the dust. This was not exactly how I saw 2013 going, but I still believe that this year is gonna be my year. 2013 is all about health, happiness, and dreaming big. Which is why along with my Marathon Training, I want to TRI something new! (Ha! Get it!)

Long before I ever started running, I used to happily settle in and watch the full-day coverage of Kona IRONMAN World Championships year after year. Perhaps it was because we didn't have cable for the longest time growing up - so it was one of the only things on. Or perhaps it was because the lure of that kind of discipline and that kind of determination has long had a hold over me. I am not sure. But I do know that I was always inspired by those men and women who swam, biked, ran, and crawled their way to the finish line of something that huge. I sat there for hours, mouth gaping, totally in awe, and secretly wishing that one day I would have what it took to get there too.

So when I received an email from the Ontario Women's Triathlon Series asking if I would be interested in doing my first Triathlon with them as their Blogger Ambassador I knew that this was my chance to take the Triathlon plunge. It sounded like the perfect match. A women's only beginner Triathlon series - Check. And a race that benefits Girls Inc a charity that provides after school activities to help at-risk girls to develop confidence - Double Check. Needless to say not much convincing was required here, and I signed myself up for my very first Sprint Triathlon!

That means...
750 meter Open Water Swim
20 km Bike
5 km Run

I am really looking forward to this new challenge! 

I think the distance is definitely manageable for my first Triathlon attempt (*gotta start somewhere before I can jump to IRONMAN status*). And I thinking adding regular swimming and cycling sessions into my running routine is actually going to help keep my training more balanced and potentially make me a better Marathoner (*a girl can dream*). So I am off this Sunday to my very first Training Clinic with the group. I realize I won't be able to do much in terms of physical training this time around, but I am excited to meet the everyone and look forward to my next adventure.

Wish me luck!
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