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Well, I've put my foot in it this time.  Not content with my weight loss, not content with my participation in Chicago's Bike The Drive--where people get the chance to bike the entire 30 mile round trip, I've gone and done something I scoffed at not two years ago.

I've entered a triathlon.

Yep.  I am now a triathlete--or will be when I finish.

And that's my goal.  To finish.  I have entered the Grand Rapids Triathlon.

Now, Momma zen didn't raise a masochist.  I'm only in the sprint tri:  That's a half mile swim, a 12.5 mile bike ride, and a 5K.  I'm entered in the Clydesdale class--over 200 pounds.  

Now this is all well and good, but now I gots to actually do the thing.

So I have begun training.  For the first two weeks, my regimen looked something like this:

I would do a run/walk of 2 miles.  The track at my local Y is 1/8 mile.  So I would run a lap, walk a lap.  

Then I'd get on the stationary bike for about 20 minutes.

Then I'd swim a quarter mile.

This week, I thought I would stretch it out a bit.  I'd run a lap and a half, and walk a lap (2 1/2 miles), ride the stationary for 30 minutes, then swim my half mile.

Then my knee began to be mean to me.  

So I have to finish out the week doing more stationary and swimming and not any running.  

So I want on the elliptical today.  Me likey.  My knee thanked me.

But here's the thing.  I still have to do a 5K, which means I need to get my knees in shape.  I'm probably going to have to shell out some dollar to upgrade from my current running shoes into something really good and built more for me.  

And I don't want to have to be forced into only walking during the 5K.  I'd like to do some running--hopefully at least a third to a half of it.

So how am I doing?  Today I did my half mile swim in 28 minutes.  I've always swum like a fish.  And 35 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes on the stationary add up to a great workout.  

But I need to really start focusing on a good schedule and to begin to listen to my body.  My doctor wants me to get a full cardiac workup, but there's no way I can afford a stress test without insurance.  I'm seeing her in the beginning of May, and she did mention she may be able to do something creative about it, but we'll see.  

But strangely, my biggest worry about this is finishing.  That is, finishing so far last that everyone official goes home and so I don't get an official time or anything like that.  But not to worry.  Because there is also running concurrently an Olympic and a Half Iron Man triathlon at the same time.  

So any training suggestions that are knee friendly and will help my knees build up endurance are welcome.

Originally posted to zenbassoon on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM PST.

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  •  I just KNOW I can do this. And I will. (14+ / 0-)

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 11:16:41 AM PST

  •  Here's some inspiration: Team Hoyt (6+ / 0-)

    First assignment: watch the video without crying. I can't manage it, but maybe you're stronger than I am :-)

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 11:34:22 AM PST

  •  Slow but steady (8+ / 0-)

    completes the race. I've done all of those things but not recently or on the same day.

    You have my permission to GO!

  •  Incredibly wonderful! (5+ / 0-)

    Make sure you're up to it (on the cardiac issue) but how great!

    Now back to Don Giovanni on the Met broadcast...

    Santorum: Man on Dog; Romney: Dog on Car. Ren and Stimpy: Dog on Cat equalitymaine.org

    by commonmass on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 11:41:21 AM PST

  •  A couple years ago, my sister bought me the book (4+ / 0-)

    When Big Boys Tri so I may give that a look see as well.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 11:47:04 AM PST

  •  Yes, you can! (6+ / 0-)
    I just KNOW I can do this. And I will.
    Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right!  You've got the right mindset, now you need the proper equipment.  Go to a good sporting goods store and get fitted for some new running shoes.  They break down with time and use, and lose their cushion, putting unnecessary pressure on your knees, lower back, etc.

    Do you have a training buddy?  Perhaps someone at the Y or your local running club?

    We're all rooting for you.  

    There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

    by puzzled on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 11:51:20 AM PST

  •  zenbassoon, congratulations on your (5+ / 0-)

    tri committment. there's a feeling of accomplishment filling out the registration form for the first time and when you finish, and you WILL, it takes 'you' to a very different place, a very good place.

    i raced biathlons then triathlons for over 15 years, traveling the country and following the circuit. i was a personal trainer for a few years as an extension of my committment...er, obsession to weight training and racing tri's.

    i have some helpful suggestions;

    yes, absolutely listen to your body and back off any training that puts strees on your knees. building strength in your legs and cardio can be done in the pool. try running either in place first and then running laps in the water, it is actually harder than running on pavement.

    sounds like you might be in chicago. there's a running shoe store on clark street, murphy's fit? around fullerton. they have a complete sytem of 'fitting' your running shoes to your anatomy and your running style. they are the best in the city and proper running shoes are absolutely essential, especially if you are experiencing some pain so early.

    imho, you must get a workup from your doctor. i don't want to be morbid but there have been casualties and that's all i'll say. it's very important, z, ok?

    i checked out the date and course, so you have ninety days. should be plenty of time for that distance to get trained in time to finish. it's a small body of water but you might be surprised at how cold the water will be, even in june. it's now 36 degrees. you might want to look into renting or borrowing a wetsuit, it will keep you warm and they are meant to keep you bouyant, it helps a lot.

    do you have a bike. i have many and i still have my original tri bike with carbon fiber wheels, fancy schmantzy.
    i'm 6'2.

    anyway, hope these suggestions have been helpful and please feel free to kos mail me.

    There is a crime here that goes beyond denunciation. There is a sorrow here that weeping cannot symbolize. There is a failure here that topples all our success. Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

    by dear occupant on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 12:13:20 PM PST

    •  I've got a bike--a Giant Sedona (2+ / 0-)
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      And there's a good place closer where I live.  Reading the site, last year the water got up to about 70-ish by June.  

      "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

      by zenbassoon on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 12:22:26 PM PST

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    •  second the running shoe comment... (3+ / 0-)

      Go to a real shoe store. Not a chain. They'll know how to fit you.

      And don't scrimp. Your knees are worth it. My knees need $100+ shoes and I wear them out after 2 months. When I try to get cheaper shoes I screw my legs up.

      And good for you for doing a tri. I've never taken the plunge - I can bike, and can run a decent marathon, but that swimming thing? That's always held me up.

      The Will of the People shall be the Law of the Land. - Robert M. LaFollette

      by stcroix cheesehead on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 03:44:43 PM PST

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      •  I third the running shoe shopping (0+ / 0-)

        I have run for years and never really had knee issues but had a range of foot issues.  Take the time to shop at a quality store that does footfall and gait analysis so you get shoes that will allow you to run longer without pain.

        Cheesehead, I was never a swimmer but ended up trying a tri by swimming with someone who taught swimming to newbies.  I never got "good" but was able to swim well enough to make it to the bike and run part of the race.  Plus, it was nice to change up my cardio training.

        Fire burn and cauldron bubble, bendy straws or my fee is double - via Twitter about half-term governor Sarah Palin

        by alrdouglas on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 11:13:38 AM PDT

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  •  REALLY proud of you! (3+ / 0-)

    You're doing great. Please keep us up to date on your training.

    Life is short. Love deeply and forgive swiftly. And be kind. It matters.

    by Melanie in IA on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 12:46:28 PM PST

  •  Good on you! Keep it up. (2+ / 0-)
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    Food Gas Lodging, zenbassoon

    I did triathlons in the eighties and god, those "were the days."

    I still run and do strength training lo, these many years later,
    but I occasionally miss the swimming and long bike rides.

    I thought of myself as quite the studly chap in those days, what with my full-length wetsuit for rough-water swimming and all. We had an informal tri-group that did fun training triathlons, but even the fun ones got competitive!

    But those moments afterwards when we'd all go out for breakfast and talked over the morning were golden, golden!

    Enjoy all of this. You'll never feel more energetic and in-shape.

    "...be still, and cry not aloud; for it is an unholy thing to boast over slain men." Odysseus, in Homer's Odyssey

    by Wildthumb on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 06:45:08 PM PST

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