Everything in life starts somewhere. I remember precisely some of the most precious moments in my life, the turning points and the beginning of trials and tribulations that I could never image at the time in my future. About a year ago my friend Christi shared with me that she was doing a triathlon. I had no idea what she was talking about. She further explained that she would swim, bike and then run in a row in a race. At that point, I just knew she was nuts. I wished her luck and moved on with my summer which included chasing kids, working, moving out of our temporary condo into our new home and traveling a lot for business. That summer I organized quite a few walks in the park (5-mile loop) but otherwise mostly exercised at home. I also enjoyed playing my typical tennis and doing the Beachbody program Chalean Extreme at home. As winter hit in Pittsburgh, I started my newest Beachbody program, Turbo Fire and quickly enjoyed the results. As soon as the warm weather started, I was anxious to get back outside and started an exercise group walking Tuesday’s and hiking Sunday’s in the park. I ran into my friend Christi at the park, and she was again talking about these Triathlon’s and shared with me her new goal of 3 this summer. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was intrigued by the fact you could find some that were in a pool and not open water. I found myself asking her many more questions and doing research at home. At the end of April 2012, I was in Miami for our annual corporate conference, and they happened to have a 5k, the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run 2012 going on mid-week right outside of our hotel. I had no idea how long a 5k was and never ran more than chasing a ball on a soccer field or tennis court in my life, but I needed to get my workout in that day, and the registration desk let me register with 22 of my other colleagues and 23,000 other people. I was excited to finish the race with a time of 31:53 unsure if that was good or bad. When I got back to Pittsburgh, I researched the Triathlon’s she planned to do this summer, talked to my husband and decided I would give it a try. The next week I asked Christi if I could join her on one of her ride’s and she said sure, meet me at the park early Saturday morning for one of my bricks. What the heck is she talking about I thought… what is a brick? I guess I will find out.
My husband, an avid cyclist, had taken over my Klein a few years before so I had no bike to ride. He was very nice to pull the Klein out of the shed, clean it up a bit and put the wheels back on. I grabbed my gear, and off to the park I went not sure what she had in store for me, but I knew I was in pretty good athletic shape and showed up with a positive attitude up for a challenge. I joined her for a fun 15 miles bike ride, and 3 mile run and quickly learned that completing the two back to back was called a brick. Knowledge is great! The run was pretty hard for me, and I recall the first 1/2 mile having heavy legs, and then they finally loosened up. I felt relieved when we were done and proud that I could keep up with her. With that positive experience, I quickly realized it was time for my hubby to get his wheels. He was very excited to pick up his Cervelo R3 at Big Bang Bikes the next week. When we showed up with the bike rack to bring his new bike home, I brought my Klein in to get a checkup/tune-up. As soon as Glenn saw me on the bike, he said that this bike cannot possibly fit my body. The next week I picked up my beautiful Cervelo RS and immediately put the Klein on Craig’s List and sold it within a day. Off to the park, I went on my new wheels. What a difference, I could reach my breaks without hurting my lower back.
I have played sports my entire life but never ran or swam before my Miami 5k. I completed two MS150 bike Rides to State College, PA a few years ago and enjoyed both of them. In 2009 I trained for the Rachel Carson Challenge which was by far my most difficult challenge. The Challenge was completing the 35.1-mile hike in one day. I barely walked through the finish line with a time of 15 hours 3 minutes 34 seconds with the cut off being 15:4 minutes. Yes, I barely made it, and my toe nails fell off during the following year.
The next day I registered for my first sprint distance triathlon at North Park in August. The Janney at the Y North Park Triathlon, 700-meter swim, 12-mile bike, 5k run. So the training began….