Dec 1, 2010: I was discussing turning 40 with Meghan. I’ve been obsessing about 40 for some time, and trying to think of what I should do for it. Being born on leap year, I get the justification to make a big fuss over myself every four years. At the time of this conversation, I was 15 months away, which seemed like a long time, but also enough time to prepare for something radical. I thought “bench 250” or “climb the peg wall.” (Anyone who saw the 80s classic Visionquest will understand that one.) Out of the blue, Meg says: “how about you run the Disney half-marathon next January?”

In less time than I take to decide which shoe to put on first, I said “that’s it!” I went outside in pouring rain, and ran/walked a mile and a half, came home and announced to whoever had me showing up in their facebook feed that day, that in 13 months, I would run 13 miles.

I knew enough to know that I knew nothing about training. So, I looked up the Couch-to-5K plan. Assuming I would need twice the time of normal people, I looked at the year, and sketched a rough goal: 5k in April, 10k in September, 1/2 marathon in January. That is doubling distance in roughly the same intervals. I’m told that is the way to go.

Well, as I began to run, we also joined the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the YMCA, which I like mainly for the pool. I began swimming. I started to look online for races in the area, so I could plan. Then I saw how many triathlons there are, of all levels, and typical to my ADD personality, I decided I can’t just run. I need to bike and swim too. But I am not going to jump into everything all at once, setting myself up for confusion and failure.I may run on the snow, but cycling will have to wait until spring.

So here is my ambitious, but totally do-able preliminary schedule of how I would like to progress over the next couple of years. The great thing about endurance events is that they are populated by folks just like me who want to finish it. The fast, elite, competitive people have their trophies, etc… but for most of us, it’s just a day to work toward, to GET IT DONE.

April 2, 2011 – Camp Mount Luther Night Flight 5K

April 16, 2011 – Danville 5K

June 11, 2011 – Sunbury YMCA 5K

August 20, 2011 – Lewisburg Triathlon (1/3 of a relay team)

September 3, 2011 – Camp Mount Luther Dandelion Run 10K

October 15, 2011 – Chili Challenge Triathlon (1/3 of a relay team)

January 7, 2012 – Disneyworld Half-Marathon

March 3, 2012 – Humdinger 7mile trail run

April 2012 – DACC Sprint Triathlon (sol0)

August 2012 – Lewisburg Triathlon (solo)

October 2012 – Chili Challenge Triathlon (solo)

June 2013 – 5150 Series Olympic Length Triathlon, Washington DC

Two and a half years to work up to an Olympic Tri. I can do that. Olympic is such an intimidating word. An Olympic length triathlon is a 1.5k swim, 40k bike, and 10k run. I couldn’t do it tomorrow, but I am certain I will in two and a half years.

Forget new year resolutions. I’m about the new decade.


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