Thursday, July 12, 2012

Just Watch Me!

Both my mother and my husband laughed at me.

I told them that doing a triathlon was on my bucket list. They both laughed. Now, I'm not talking about the Ironman Triathlon. I'm talking about what's called a "sprint" Triathlon. It usually includes a half mile swim, a twelve mile bike ride, and a 3 mile run. Or in my case, walk.

Okay. So I weigh over 500 pounds, am pushing 50, and have never been athletic, but, darn it, this is not entirely out of the realm of the possible.

My current exercise routine is chair dancing for two songs and every time I get up, I march in place for 10 seconds. Also, once or twice a week I go to the pool for an hour of exercise.

Next week I'll do two songs in the morning and one song in the afternoon and 20 seconds of marching in place each time I get up. And so forth. The plan looks a little like this:

Week 1: 2 songs/10 secs
Week 2: 2 songs + 1 song/20 secs
Week 3: 2 songs + 1 song/30 secs
Week 4: 2 songs + 2 songs/40 secs
Week 5: 2 songs + 2 songs/50 secs
Week 6: 2 songs + 2 songs/1 min
Week 7: 2 songs + 2 songs/1 min
Week 8: 3 songs + 2 songs/1 min 10 secs
Week 9: 3 songs + 2 songs/1 min 20 secs
Week 10: 3 songs + 2 songs/1 min 30 secs
Week 11: 3 songs + 2 songs/1 min 30 secs
Week 12: 3 songs + 3 songs/1 min 40 secs


  1. That's an amazing goal! I absolutely think you can do it.


  2. Iron woman in training! You will get there by increasing your exercise ...

    Imagine how amazed your family will be when you scratch THAT off your bucket list. :-)

  3. I don't think doing a Sprint Triathlon is laughable. Training is an excellent way for people to get in to shape. In fact, in some of the more casual triathlons there is a "Venus" category (I think that's what it's called) for people just like yourself who are trying to lose weight. You've just got to take your training slowly but consistently, and you can certainly do it. :)


  4. I found your blog by a link on Gawker. And was interested and came to this post about doing a triathlon. I'm in MN, too. Every August, the YWCA in Minneapolis sponsors a women's only triathlon. There are women of all ages, shapes, and sizes that do it. It is a powerful event. It is a sprint tri at Lake Nokomis with a super flat bike and run course. It is something for you to keep in mind for that bucket list. Good luck on your journey to health.


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