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Living the Healthy Way » Triathlon

Living the Healthy Way » Triathlon

Healthy eating and fitness is the way to go.Sun, 07 Nov 2010 07:06:31 +0000enhourly1 First Triathlon, 04 Sep 2010 07:50:59 +0000Admin guest post by Evan Burton

Just so you have a mental image, because I know you want one, I am about 6’5” and weighed 235 pounds. When I graduated high school I weighed 185 pounds. College had not been so good to me. Or it had been really good to me, depends on how you want to look at it I guess. All of that extra weight had decided to concentrate itself to my mid-section. I was eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. That’s the way it had always been. I never paid attention to my food intake.

This past May of 2010, I finally told myself I was ready for a change. I started to pay attention to what I put into my body. Instead of fast food for breakfast on my way to school, I started packing dry cereal. Instead of a sandwich with mayo, I started eating just lunch meat from the package with mustard. I substituted the potato chips for apples and cantaloupe. I was actually watching my calorie consumption for the first time. For dinner, I stopped eating everything on the table and just ate one helping and smaller portions. I told myself if this was going to work I had to be able to stick to limitations.

Next, I needed to find something for the exercise part of my transformation. Being only 25 years old, I considered myself to be in-shape. I started out by running short distances (1-2 miles). After about two weeks, I could run two miles easily. I felt accomplished. The time came to put my fitness to the test.

One of my good friends completed his first sprint triathlon the last week of May. A sprint triathlon consists of a ½ mile open water swim, 17.5 miles of a bicycle ride, and ends with a 3.1 mile run. He found another race that happened to be in my home town that would take place the first week of August. I remember his words very clearly, “You’re doing this one with me.”

We gave ourselves the better part of two months for training. Since we were both teachers, and it was summer time, we had access to the pool three days a week. I found an inexpensive starter road bicycle. I bought a new pair of running shoes (I hoped I could complete the race because I was already out about $250). So train we did. We did at least part of one event every day. It only took me about a week to be able to swim ½ mile without stopping. It took me three weeks to be able to run 3.1 miles and feel good about my time. I was aiming for 8:30 minute miles which I felt were reasonable for a non-runner. Finally, after 3 weeks of training, I could ride the bike 20 miles without much of a problem.

Are you ready for the mental image update? One month into training I had lost 20 pounds! I was still eating better and now training harder. The weight was just falling off. My friends were even starting to notice that my clothes were getting too big. That was just extra motivation to for me to keep going.

After my friend and I got to the point where we could complete all the legs of the race separately, it was time to start doing two legs at a time each day. We would ride from my house to the pool (9 miles), swim ½ mile, and then ride home (9 more miles). On days that we could not get into the pool we would ride 18 miles and follow that up with two or three miles of a run. It was safe to say that I was now in the best shape of my life.

By the time our two month training period was over, I felt like I was ready to complete the race! On race day morning, I weighed in at 205 pounds, my stomach was flatter, my arms were toned and my legs were more solid then they had ever been. I had lost 30 pounds and felt like I was on top of the world. I completed the race, finished in my goal time frame and was ready for more. Are you ready for a change? I knew I was. I set small simple goals for myself then expanded those goals in order to push myself more. Go ahead, challenge yourself. Make it happen!

I am a 25 year old junior high school Administrative Assistant. I graduated from Indiana University and currently reside in Bloomington, Indiana. I have 2 dogs that my girlfriend and I treat like our children. We like to visit friends and family on the weekends and really try to have a good time doing anything we can think of.