3.16.2012

Training: The First Two Weeks

After Dave started losing ridiculous amounts of weight and getting into shape, I decided I needed to do what I could to keep up with him. And I want to prove to myself that I can do anything I want to if I try hard enough. So, at the beginning of March, Dave and I officially started training for a sprint triathlon. We are hoping to be ready to race in June. In the meantime, we have a lot of work to do. The race we are planning to do has a 300 yard swim, a 11.5 mile bike, and a 3.1 mile run.

One thing we have both learned is that exercise really is addictive. I have been amazed how quickly I have seen improvement in myself, and that makes me want to keep working out. Since I used to swim competitively (like 14 years ago… man, I'm old!), the pool is where I am most comfortable. Dave is not a very experienced swimmer, so we have scheduled a weekly lap swimming date so that I can help him get better at it. And Dave gets an extra swimming day each week without me hounding him about his stroke. During our swim last night, I swam 300 yards in 10 minutes, resting after each 100 yards. Hopefully that means I'll be able to do the triathlon swim in 7 or 8 minutes. Dave's goal is to be able to swim 300 yards without stopping.

Since it has been rather cold and I don't own a bike, I was excited to start going to cycling classes. This way I am getting an hour workout on a bike twice a week. I haven't ridden an actual bike in over 5 years, so I am hoping to buy a bike in the next month or two so that I can get some practice on the road. My friend Kristina has graciously offered to let me use hers, but I'm a little bit scared that I'll crash on it.

Dave and I have both started running regularly. I have never been a runner. Even when we trained for our 5K back in 2007, we were not very diligent. So the 5K took us over 40 minutes to complete (and I think I walked at least half of it). This time I started out running 4 minutes, then walking 2 minutes. Doing that, I could complete 3 miles in about 35 minutes. Now, two weeks into our training, I am running 10 minutes and walking 2 minutes. By the end of April, I should be able to run 30 minutes continuously. And Dave can already do that.

When we reach the end of our training, we'll post our before & after photos so everyone in the world can see how awesome we are.

(Not actually Dave & Kristen)

7 comments:

Caitlinp said...

Way to go!

Hali said...

I think that is you guys in the picture, your just being modest.

Ashley said...

You guys are awesome for doing a triathlon!! I have never done one because I love to run but I am not a strong swimmer. You will find yourself improving as you run more though. That is the great thing about running. You can get faster and faster as you train. With swimming I just always feel like I am sinking and need to find the side of the pool to hold on to. Your kids were great when we watched them and my kids loved to play with them so if you want us to watch them again while you train we would be more than happy to!

Alicia said...

That is awesome Krissy, way to go!

Erika said...

I'm excited for you, and a little jealous. Once I'm not pregnant, maybe Sterling and I will have to do that as well. I'm excited for your before and after pictures too!!

Kristina Carter said...

so proud. There is nothing like finishing a fitness goal that you set. I wish I was being more dilligent. Maybe we could ride the 25 mile Tour de Riverton on 4th of July together. If you're not too fast for me.

ScottBoomer said...

I don't want to hear about how "old" you think you are.

Good luck with the race, you're gonna need it.