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A Public declaration

I am going to do the triathlon by myself.

That’s it. That’s my public declaration. Isn’t it supposed to make it easier now, or something?

Every year our school holds a sprint triathlon – 5k run, 15k bike and short swim. Last year I was part of Team Pride with Marshall and Coleman but when we finished, the both of them all sweaty and dirty, me all clean and showered, I didn’t feel like I necessarily deserved the beer. After all, they had each done 30 – 45 minutes of hard racing. I had done 3 and a half minutes of swimming. Just didn’t seem quite even.

So this year I have decided to tackle it myself. It’s still about 12 weeks away but it’s a good exercise goal and it also reminds me that in 12 weeks, it will be hot, sunny and worthy of outdoor BBQ’s.  I’m not worried about the swim, a little worried about the bike, and very worried about the run. I have never been a runner. I started this week following the advice of our school’s cross country coach. I’m aiming for every other day for 2 weeks, then going up to 5 days a week. That may sound like a lot but my runs right now are 10 minutes long. Actually, on Tuesday I could only run for 8 minutes (my knees are not very strong yet), but on Thursday I managed 12 minutes. It’s an improvement! And don’t worry mum, I’m only running on a padded track- no concrete.

If you decide to write me any time soon, feel free to remind me of my goal. Hopefully this will all pay off. I’ll let you know in 12 weeks!


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