Been awhile. My last post was about my half-assed attempt at running a mile-a-day. In January. Eight months ago. LOL. Not sure where I was going with that.
I’d like to say a lot has happened since then, but that isn’t really the case. I’ve completely slacked off the running, so much so that I’ve been eating terribly, sleeping terribly, gaining wait, etc., etc., etc. It happens. I assume. Fuck, I dunno. It happened to me.
And so here I am, back, with a new goal. It’s a big goal, even for me. I’ve done five marathons, and lots of half-marathons, 10ks, and 5ks. When I crossed the NYC Marathon finish line in November 2014, I said I was done. No way was I going to do another marathon. And I stand by that still. It just flat fucking did me in. But then I just sort of hung it up, which I didn’t really want to do. I was just so tired from it all. The training, the run itself. God, it was so much work.
That said, I need a goal. A big. fucking. goal. I’m stagnant at work. That is a long story which I don’t want to go into here. I’m stagnant with my running/fitness. So I’m going for something new. A next level. A triathlon.
Each Spring, the University of Missouri-Columbia hosts a triathlon called the TriZou. It’s a 400 meter swim, a 14 mile bike ride, and a 3 mile run. I *suppose* you could say I started “training” last weekend. I’m going to go with that, but it’s a stretch. I did the same thing two Saturdays in a row – 10 miles on the bike followed by a two mile run. The second Saturday was better than the first, but both days were surprisingly difficult! Especially the TRANSITION. On what I would’ve said was “any other day” I could run two miles in my sleep. But I’m OFF my running game for sure, and transitioning from the bike to a run is going to be part of the training fun. The second Saturday was better than the first, so I’m taking that as progress.
I have a lot of work to do. I have to get back into a weekly fitness routine. I have to consume better/less calories. And I haven’t even mentioned the SWIM part of the triathlon. I’m ready for the challenge. I think.
Good for you. I’ve never done a triathlon. I starting doing the biking with the best of intentions, but I could never get into the swimming. 400m should be manageable, though.