August 2012: “Are you mental? I’ll never do a tri, sometimes I have difficulty putting one foot in front of the other to get this running malarkey right.”
October 2013: “You’re signing up for another tri!!! Best of luck but it’s definitely not for me.”
The above are actual conversations I had with a friend about triathlons.
So here I find myself in January 2014 sitting in a dentist’s waiting room. But Steve, this is a blog about running not teeth…I know, I know but let me set the scene.
The dentist was late and my Ipod needed charged. To quell the boredom I picked up a magazine. The magazine I picked up was 220 Triathlon. I was intending to read the running sections but I suddenly found myself drawn in to the racing guide section. I then saw some of the races that were taking place and started thinking to myself that I may be able to do some of these. I was drawn to The Blenheim Triathlon super sprint which was a 400m swim, 13.2km bike ride and then a 3.1km run.
Suddenly I had gone from never doing a triathlon to it being a possibility. Without thinking I also suddenly found myself looking at a racing bike. Then I suddenly found myself asking swimming coaches about how best to improve my swimming (which is, at best, poor).
I’ve now given myself a year to train for a triathlon.
I’m a total loon.
But I do like to Dream, Believe, Train, Achieve.