Three Months to a Sprint Triathlon

“What am I doing here?”

That’s what was going through my head as I stood on the little dock waiting my turn to jump in the water. It didn’t help that it was a summer morning, and I was in a full wetsuit. In fact, this summer morning happened to be my 50th birthday. What a way to celebrate. It hadn’t gotten too hot yet, but in wrist to ankle black rubber I was heating up fast.

I’m getting ahead of myself. I did several things to get myself to this spot. The first is one of those nagging bucket list items. Of course, when I was 20 something and a wee bit more full of myself, I imagined my triathlon would be in Hawaii and called Ironman. But I had to start somewhere.

I realize I’m doing this in a sort of reverse. Since I’ve already finished, you know I made it. I didn’t drown. But I thought if I could write about what I did, and what was and wasn’t successful, it might help someone else take the first step if a triathlon is on their bucket list. And who knows, maybe I’ll get to the next step and do an Olympic or half.

Read along with me, and if anything is helpful leave me a comment or ask questions.

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