Tomorrow morning, I will compete in my first ever sprint triathlon in the DC Triathlon. Our race distances are an 800m swim, 20k bike, and 7.5k run -- finishing up running along the National Mall.
What makes this a particularly challenging achievement for me is that when I began training on March 19th, three months ago tomorrow, I couldn't jog for more than 60 seconds without getting out of breath, had never swam freestyle, and couldn't hold my form swimming once across the pool. I am now going on 5-mile runs and can swim for a mile non-stop in the pool. (Biking wasn't too much of a problem when I started, so my training on that has been minimal so far.)
Like when I lost 25 pounds in three months late last year, this has been accomplished by rapid incremental progress combined with tracking and training with some clever iPhone apps. (See my article on using technology to train for my first triathlon on Geardiary.com for more on this.) While I can't say I've enjoyed every minute of the process of training, I have thoroughly enjoyed my progress. I plan to continue explore new levels of fitness in some capacity after the race.
Combined with my lost weight, I am by far in the best shape of my life. If you are thinking about losing weight or getting in shape, what are you waiting for? Download those apps and get moving!
See you at the finish line!