In order to get myself back in shape and fighting fit, I’ve agreed to be part of a relay team for the Belron Triathlon (for charity of course!). Now don’t get too excited; I’m’ only doing the swimming leg of a Relay Triathlon Sprint, but as I’m still building my muscle back up from my accident, this is a big deal for me.
So here is the plan: From metal to medal!
You may remember what happened when I tried to ride a bike in 2009. Well I had my second surgery in July 2010 to have the metal removed and the triathlon is in July 2011.
So now is the time to start setting goals; and by sharing the publicly, I have to achieve my goals publicly – no backing out now!
A few things to consider:
- Yes I was a competitive swimmer, however I’ve not done a lake race, nor ever raced in a wet suit
- The back stuff
- I’m a sprinter
So over the next 110 days (D-Day 30th July), starting today, I am going to have to train. This means building up the stamina to do 750 meters without stopping – and then to do 750 meters as fast as I can. I am going to begin keeping a bit of a journal here, which I’ll update on my progress.
I plan on going with triathlon teams to practice near the Pentlands starting in May – then I’ll see what I’m really made of. I’ve been wanting to get back into competitive sport for a while, so I’m excited about this.
And have no fear – I’m sure I’ll be back asking for donations from you soon!
Wish me luck.
- Swim 400 meters without stopping
- swim at least 550 meters
- bonus if I swam 750
- Swam 400 with out stopping (20 laps)
- rested 1 minute & swam 400 more without stopping (20 laps)
- swam an additional 80 meters (4 laps)
I realised after the first 400 that I wouldn’t be doing flip-turns in the lake so I was technically wasting energy; so for the sake of the goal for the 31st, I will temporarily be avoiding flip- turns (although I was impressed that I could do them again once the metal was removed!)
Results for today were above the goal, so that’s a WIN!
- The race is 750 meters
- I’m training in a 20 meter pool
- 750 meters is 37.5 laps