Swim, ride or walk to your nearest goal.

Well I have been inspired by all those 12wbt-ers who entered the Triathlon Pink in Sydney on Saturday.  I thought to myself my week 4 milestone event will be a “gym triathlon” – a couple of laps of the pool, say 10kms on a stationary bike at the gym and 1km running on the treadmill.  And then I thought – why shouldn’t work towards entering the 2012 Triathlon Pink in Sydney?  Only one problem.

Hello, my name is Leonie, I’m 46 years old and I can’t ride a bicycle.

I asked the usually supportive – 120% supportive – Mr. G if he would teach me how to ride.  His response was a mix of a chortle and a chuckle, and said only if you don’t scream.  (Did I mention he has tried before – and there is a lot of fear to get over for me.)

So I posted the following post on the 12wbt Sydneysiders page – mainly because I wanted to vent.  Here’s what I said:

After seeing the pictures of the Pink Triathalon on here and reading about it – I’m thinking is this something I could work towards for this time next year (short course is looking good.) Only one problem though – I just had a look at the website and only kids are allowed training wheels. Yep, I’m 46 yrs young and I have NEVER ridden a bike more than a metre without falling off! So, is there hope for me? Anyone ever taught an adult how to ride – or learned themselves as an adult?

I am blown away by the response to my post.  First, Kristi said she would be able to teach me – and she encouraged me not to wait until I’d lost more weight – but to go for it sooner.  Last night we even started making tentative plans on Facebook.  Thanks to Kristi my whole mind set has changed.  I really believe I’ll be able to do this!

And it’s not just being able to enter the triathlon – but also, to be able to ride on bike tracks with my kids and Mr G.  And I’ve always wanted to go to Lord Howe Island – but the main mode of transport is bicycle – that seems achievable now!  And Mr G. and I visited Rottnest Island when I was pregnant with Master G. – I I promised myself I would learn to ride then (14 years ago) and bring my children back on a cycling holiday of the island.  It all seems to be within my grasp now – and I haven’t even tried on a helmet 😉

Just a little while ago I logged onto Facebook – first time today – and I am amazed by other  12wbt members who are in my position (didn’t learn as a child but would like to learn now), Triathlon Pink participants encouraging me to go for it and members who can ride ready to support me as I learn.

Tonight’s 12wbt task for me is finishing off my week 3 & 4 Reflection, Recognition and Re-commitment exercise set by Mish.  My goals will be centred around working towards a Triathlon Pink next October in Sydney.

I’ve decided to aim high and work towards entering the medium course.

From the website: “The medium course triathlon is a 200m swim followed by a 6km ride followed by a 2km run.  In the 2008 event in Sydney the fastest Pinkie finished in 22 minutes and the slowest Pinkie completed the course in 57 minutes.”  Even if I can’t achieve that this time next year, if I work towards it I will probably be prepared enough to enter the short course.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rebecca Vavic
    Oct 11, 2011 @ 08:11:36

    Oiw, you keep making me cry!!!

    The riding with your kids got me….

    GO GIRL. Kristi is going to have you gliding along in not time.

    Will be awesome to read about all your adventures.

    You can do this… For SURE!!!!

    A year is a long way away… a good amount of training to do and prepare. Look how far you’ve come already, you may surprise yourself and get under an hour, and if not… you still did it love!!



    • noni22
      Jan 01, 2012 @ 20:29:17

      Hi Bec

      Just realised I didn’t reply to this comment. Thanks so much for your support. The riding day didn’t happen in November, because some very wet weather cut off the access to Kristi’s place. And since then she and I have been too busy to get together for a one on one lesson.

      We’re in the process of setting the date for another group ride now. There are so many of us excited about it!

      And tomorrow there are a group of us going for a walk together – and I’m actually going to meet Kristi after all our Facebook contact. 🙂

      Hope you’ve had a good Christmas and the New Year has started on a positive note – must go and check your blog now.

      Leonie x


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