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Triathalon Bound – The First swim.

In Uncategorized on December 14, 2010 at 12:05 AM

“Really, is this happening?” As my alarm went of at 6:00 am this past thursday I was almost in disbelief that I was getting up this early to go swimming. I had, at most, 6 hrs of restless sleep thinking about the mornings work out. Regardless, I slipped on my rain pants, turned on my lights and hopped on my bike to head downtown.

 

I met up with John at the D.A.C, and he had a solid workout planned. We began with an 8 minute time trial on the tread mill followed by a tabata, core work intervals and finally swimming. It was AWESOME. I really enjoyed getting a jump-start on the day and accomplishing something solid before most people had even gotten out of bed.

 

As we went down to the pool, I have to say I was a bit nervous. I hadn’t been in the pool in almost 2 years, and I was having flashbacks to all the uneasy memories I had from my childhood swimming, Well, screw it I’m getting in and I’m going to like it.

 

I basically just flailed around for a while. I had no idea what I was doing and it became very clear that I have a long way to go. John put a float between my legs to allow me to focus on my arms. That helped a bit, but I was struggling with breathing. then John found a snorkel, that helped a lot. With those two things, I was able to focus exclusively on my arms. I made great progress that day, and it made me feel a whole lot better about the swim. I feel like I really can do this. Swimming will be a lot of hard work, but I know I can do it and I’m excited about it.

 

There is much more to come. I’m excited about where my fitness is headed. This next 6 months is going to be a lot of physical and mental growth for me. It’s going to be challenging and rewarding, but I know I can do it. I will conquer this.

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Triathlon Bound – Part 1

In Uncategorized on December 4, 2010 at 10:43 PM

I guess I will start by looking the part, sorta..

Eric Taylor – Sales @ Hutch’s

So I’m going to do a Triathlon. Why do I feel dirty when I say that? I guess I feel like I’m cheating on myself. I ride bikes, and all I know about running is that it ruins peoples riding and most people drown in open water swims, right? What am I doing…? Weather or not this is my demise as a recreational athlete and a person in general, I’m doing a triathlon and I can’t help but be excited about it.

First, I want to blame this whole mess on John Sims. Over a year ago, I got to know him as a customer, and he quickly became a good friend. John is a local radiologist and an individual who is very driven. He is focused and set’s goals for himself, often beyond his abilities, and goes after them. This is a man I respect. When he started talking about doing a triathlon together, I had a hard time saying no.

“ John I can’t swim.” I said, thinking that would dissuade him. “I’ll get us a coach, and we will start training together.” I’m thinking, seriously, I will probably just drown. “We will take it easy and go at your pace. ” Crap, I’m in.  So we picked out our race, the Granite Man off road triathlon on July 24th, and we start training next week. I really don’t know how it is going to go, but I’m excited.

I think that the physical and mental gains will be amazing. There is really nothing quite like pushing myself beyond my limits. Doing something I KNEW I couldn’t do is the most rewarding. I think that training for and competing in this Triathlon will challenge me in a way that I have never experienced before. The next 7 months should be very exciting.

While I was hatching this triathlon plan, I began thinking this blog would be a fun way to share my ups and downs. It’s going to be down right hilarious to watch me stumble though becoming a runner and a swimmer. I can just barley stay afloat and I only learned to do that when I was 21. Here it comes, Eric becomes a tri- geek and probably likes it. This should be good, check back next week for updates!