I’m Stephanie Wood, a 34 year old, full time working mom (I’m exhausted just typing that). I was a college athlete (Rutgers field hockey goalie) and am an avid (albeit slow) runner. I actively participate in a few 5K, 10K races each year, as well the Broad St Run. I have also done a few half marathons. I have decided to foray into the sport of triathlons for a few reasons:
1. I need to shake things up as I try to lose the last 10 lbs of baby weight (Yes, I’ll be registering as an “athena” even if I do lose the weight)!
2. I love a new challenge and while I don’t think I can commit to a marathon at this stage in my life, I do want to do something that not everyone has done (<1 % of the population has completed a tri??!?! Sign me up)!
3. My neighbor Jen McCarthy had great things to say about the Mullica Hill club (aww, how sweet of Jen).
I have decided to blog about my experience for a few more:
1. I love to write.
2. I’m certainly not winning any triathlons now (or ever), so I hope to inspire those not in the 7-min-mile-club.
All that being said, here’s how I “officially” got started on my journey: After receiving a few emails regarding the Mullica Hill Tri Club off I went to the launch party at Carolina Blues. Great drinks! Compelling stories! What fun! I signed up, attempted to win a slot in a few races (no luck on Broad St, boo), and left feeling completely motivated. Colleen seemed so nice and put together (how did her voice..and patience… last for all those raffles?), Jennifer MacHenry so inspiring (was there a dry eye in the house as she told, so stoically, her mother’s story)?
Last night I attended the “newbie” meeting at Gloucester County Library and was again, motivated and inspired by the stories and training advice given by Jason. Except…. (isn’t there always an except or a but)… how am I going to do this? I work full time. I travel some of the time. I have three kids under the age of four. I know how to swim, but not well and am pretty certain my form is a mess. My bike is a hybrid (I had to ask my husband to know, I’m that unfamiliar with cycling terminology) and I have no idea how long it will take me to bike 15 miles. But….(there it is again) I can do this! I’m relatively fit (can run 5-6 miles comfortably) and know that I have a decent amount of time to train before the Queen of the Hill Triathlon in June. I just signed up for the AC April Fools Run (will be joined by other club members), so I’ll spend the next few weeks focusing on that and moving forward from there (see I’m already following Jason’s advice). I’m stalking Jen McCarthy (a fellow member and collegiate swimmer) to teach me how to swim correctly and have started taking spin to better prepare for the biking portion of the tri. Can I do this…. ? Stay tuned……