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A Little Background for my Triathlon Blog

For years, I’ve thought about having a blog, but I couldn’t think of anything to really blog about. Finally, I found something that my friends and family (and maybe even some future cyber friends) might want to read about: a triathlon blog dedicated to my journey into the sport of triathlon.

 

My dad first gave me the idea of doing a triathlon many years ago. I had been on the swim team in middle school, and I took a swimming class as an elective during my years at SMU. While in Dallas, I also discovered running and did some 5Ks in the Dallas heat (I even won my age group several times – we can forget that I won because I was the only one in my age group…). Then, for many years while I was living in Montreal, my primary fitness activities were ballet class and running to catch the bus, although I did train with the McGill triathlon group for a couple of weeks before deciding I was too much of a wimp to train outside during the Canadian winters. Since I’ve moved back to the South, I’ve had many more opportunities to do outdoor activities. One of the first things I did when I moved back was buy a bike – a Raleigh Venture hybrid. With this bike, I got to take many leisurely rides around the neighborhood lake and on Greenville’s Swamp Rabbit Trail. I also joined one of the local YMCA branches (to make up for the lack of ballet classes) and rediscovered my love of running.

 

My dad once again mentioned triathlons (he used to do them a lot and even did a Half Ironman). After a little investigation, I found a Team in Training event for the Nation’s Tri in September. Because this entire event supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, I immediately wanted to participate! My Aunt Debbie lost her battle with chronic myelogenous leukemia just over 10 years ago. I’m honored to have the opportunity to fundraise for the LLS.

 

I’ve also been bitten by the triathlon bug and have several races coming up this season. The past few months, I’ve found lots of inspiration in triathlon blogs. I love reading about other triathletes’ training, nutrition, racing, and how they balance it all with careers and family! As a newcomer to the sport of triathlon, I’ve definitely got a lot to learn. Thankfully, I’m fairly in shape thanks to hours and hours of ballet. I’ve also been doing a fair amount of running since December 2013 – I even completed my first half marathon yesterday! Starting today, I’m moving full speed into triathlon training. Hope you enjoy my triathlon blog!
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