Triathlon updates

Today I started swimming again.  It was the first time I’ve been in the pool in a year or two and before that it  had been 18 years since I was swimming regularly.  When I think about it, that’s really sad.  I love swimming, being in a pool, the chlorine, the feel of the water on my face.  All things I thought that I couldn’t live without.  Then life happens and sometimes you forget all about the things that you love.

I’m really serious about this triathlon thing, even if it kills me.  I’m sore right now and that’s with taking it slowly!  I’m frustrated because it feels like I’m not making any progress, but I have to keep reminding myself that it’s going to take time. I have a lot of weight to lose and muscle tone to redevelop.  I’m not expecting miracles to happen overnight, but at the same time, it’s hard to watch such slow progress.

Right now, biking has been the easiest for me.  I have a really nice stationary bike at home, right next to the treadmill. It has a lot of program options, but I just set it on random hill settings and either set a time limit, 15 minutes to start or sometimes I set a distance limit.  The bike is pretty easy on my body, my legs feel worked, but aren’t horribly sore.  I’m happy with how that’s going. I do know that I’ll have to step it up soon.  Last year when I was going to the gym regularly, I was biking 30 minutes and up to 12 miles at a time and it was really easy.  I’m thinking about getting a bike to go outside, but the running shoes are the first purchase on the list.

I went to the pool today with the intention of swimming ten laps.  10 laps, not a problem, right?  I am a good swimmer, I used to swim 100 laps a day at practice.  (OK, when I was 16)  I’m not expecting to do 100 laps, just 10.  This morning, I shared the pool with the lap-walkers and another swimmer.  The water was nice, a little too warm for my liking, but that’s ok, at least it wasn’t bathwater warm.  I got my swim cap on, pulled on my goggles and started swimming.  I made it a whole length before I had to stop and catch my breath. (not bad, really).  My lungs felt like they were on fire but it was a good feeling.  I had to stop for a short rest at each end, so there was no fancy flip turning. Those were one of my favorite parts of swimming.  When I learned how to do a backstroke flip turn I was ecstatic.  Was that too geeky?  Probably.  So back to my day of swimming.  I ended up doing five laps.  It took me about 20 minutes with all the resting that I had to do.  Initially, I was disappointed that I couldn’t start with ten, but it’s more than I did yesterday and tomorrow, I’m shooting for 6 laps.   My swimming plan is to get to the pool as much as possible before school starts.  My arms were killing me immediately after my swim and they are still sore, but not unbearable.

Ok running updates.  This one is harder because I have no experience to compare it to.  The running is progressing very slowly. I still can’t make it through all the four minutes of running. I keep trying to push myself, but I can’t get there.  I have to work on getting the right shoes and that may help.  The running portion is at 4.5 mph and it feels too slow for me, but 5.0 is too fast, so I’m adjusting the speed trying to find something that feels right.  I’m a little discouraged that I’ve been running almost every other day for three weeks and I can’t get any farther than when I started.  Baby steps, I keep telling myself.  Baby steps.

Things I could do to improve my workouts.
#1 Track what I’m doing.  I haven’t done that yet.  I don’t know why, really.  Just that I don’t get around to doing it. Thursday will  be my update on the blog day and I’m going to add a Training Log at the top, too.   It won’t help with my day to day workouts, but it will help me stay motivated.

#2 Find healthy snacks! Snacks that won’t undo all the exercising I’m doing.  Right now, after I’m done working out I’m starving.  Especially after swimming.  Swimming makes me as ravenous as a brain hungry zombie. I want to find all the fried food I can and binge.  I’ve been very good about NOT doing that…for one reason.  The scale is NOT MOVING.  If I’m doing all this working out and still not losing weight, there’s no way I am going to start eating crap after a workout.  I am eating mostly healthy food and have cut out almost all processed food and fast food.  The amount of food I am eating is NOT the problem.

#3 Water! I love water so drinking it is not the issue. T he problem is that I don’t remember to drink water when I’m not working out. I even got a nice water bottle for Christmas from my work friend, Kim and I haven’t used it yet.  I need to make that a habit too.

Feel free to cheer me on or make snack suggestions.  I’m ready to take any help and as much as possible to accomplish this goal.  Thanks for all your support!

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3 Responses to Triathlon updates

  1. Lillian Bird says:

    Chris, follow the “Shoe Dog” at This will help you decide what running shoes are the best for you, and narrow your options for the most appropriate and comfortable ones.

    Although I shouldn’t mention it in this blog entry, I have a cake mix recipe for you (Bacardi Rum Cake) that comes out great and could probably make a good cupcake if you omit the nuts. I’ll send it one of these days.
    Take care.

  2. I walked around and floated in our little 3 feet pool and body parts hurt. Swimming is good exercise!

  3. Stephanie says:


    I am doing weight watchers, so any snack for me that costs me 0 points is a good one! You can have a LOT of strawberries for 0 points (5 oz if you are crazy like me and weigh your food on a food scale). I also LOVE the babybel light cheese, it is only 1 ww pt. It is a good hunk of cheese and satisfies my need for some protein. I also love the small individual bottles of chocolate milk (the dean’s milk chugs). They are 1. chocolate 2. delicious and 3. have protein! I find my need after a workout is to eat protein so I feel full and don’t go and eat a bunch of sugar. If you need an ice cream fix Trader Joe’s has these really yummy mini mint ice cream sandwiches (like an oreo cookie with mint ice cream), and those are only 1 ww pt for 1 of them. Ok I feel like I’m rambling now.

    Great job on attempting the running, I’m sure with time it will get better! I need to get some motivation to try it myself.

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