Jenny’s Triathlon Diary: Taking the First Step

I earned (temporary) triathlete status when I participated in the New York City Triathlon a couple of years ago. It had always been something I thought about doing, so when my company at the time created a team through Team in Training, I took the plunge (literally—I swam in the Hudson and even high-fived a dead fish along the way). It was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done, so…I decided to do it again this year.

Five months out, you might wonder how my training’s going. Well, it’s, uh, going. I’ve been to the gym, and I hit the occasional spinning and conditioning class to build strength and endurance, but now it’s time to go all in. And to tell you the truth, I’m nervous. I’m in decent shape, but am I ready for a 1500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, and 10-kilometer run? Eh, not quite sure about that.

We’ve all heard that taking the first step is the hardest. I don’t know if I fully agree—the first mile of a run on wobbly post-cycling legs might win that one. But I do think there’s something to it. Instead of getting overwhelmed by the bigger training picture, I’m going to lace up my shoes, get out the door, and just get moving…one step at a time.

Come back next month for the latest in my tri training happenings, and let us know in the comments if you have any tips for me!

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