I am new member to the MHWTC and I couldn’t be more excited. This is my journey to becoming a triathlete.
August 2008 – After years of trying to get pregnant (including fertility treatments) our first child was born – our daughter, Fiona. I wasn’t in great shape before getting pregnant, and the treatments did a number on me emotionally. Exercise was the last thing on my mind. Even though I lost most of my baby weight pretty quickly, I settled back onto the couch, all comfy in my elastic waistband pants.
Summer 2009 – One year later, I looked at myself in the mirror and decided I wasn’t going to let myself be an overweight mom. The issue was I didn’t consistently work out. but I did have a life long goal. My goal was to complete a sprint-triathlon. I’m a natural swimmer, I can ride a bike without falling (most of the time) and I figured I could learn how to run. So, I did some research, formulated a 16 week training program, found a partner, joined the gym and hired a trainer. I was SERIOUS about exercise but I didn’t change my eating habits…at all! I was still sneaking six candy bars a day. (I know, this seems shocking- it is even shocking to me). I completed the first 12 weeks of the training program, and got in better cardiovascular shape. I was able to run for 1.5 miles without stopping and then found out I was pregnant (I had been told I couldn’t get pregnant naturally, so this was a HUGE shock!) I immediately quit exercising.
April 2010 – Our second child was born – a son, Callum and shortly after, I was determined to become a triathlete FOR REAL. I rehired my trainer, found a new training partner, and set about doing it. I watched what I ate, and stuck to my plan. In twenty weeks I lost forty pounds. I went from a size 16 to a 10/12! I also got into the best cardiovascular shape of my life – I could run for over an hour. My longest training run was over six miles. SIX MILES!!! Amazing! My running pace was an 11 minute mile, which is simply ROCKET fast, for this former slug. My goal of completing a triathlon was slowly become a reality. One year later after I set my goal I completed my first sprint triathlon: The Dottie’s House End of Season Triathlon on October 10, 2010. YAY me!
October 2010 (post triathlon elation) The feeling of crossing the line is unbelievable, I promptly signed up for another triathlon which was being held just six months later. My goal was to lose another 20 pounds and return to my college size. (A solid size 10 — or maybe even dip into the single digits…. did I really just type that)? But, guess what.. a few months later I got pregnant again. This time, however, I didn’t stop working out or training. I did drop out of the race, but only because I didn’t want to risk falling – I ran 3 miles, up to five times a week, until I was 26 weeks pregnant.
November 2011 – Our third child, another son, Beckett was born. (Our family is complete. Hurrah!)
December 2011 – At six weeks postpartum I was back out there hitting the pavement, slowly, but surely. I joined the Mullica Hill Women’s Triathlon Club. I am mentally prepared!
March 2012 – I’ve registered for The Riverwinds Sprint Triathlon, and two others this summer. I am also going to get back down to my pre-baby goal weight (he’s 15 weeks old, and I have 35 pounds to go). I want to say goodbye to my elastic waistband pants once and for all!
So there you have it. My triathlon history in a nutshell. I look forward to meeting you all and hearing your stories