#TriToConceive – And the Training Begins

Week 1-2 of training

For those of you who follow our blog, you likely saw my post during National Infertility Awareness Week announcing my goal to compete in an Olympic triathlon to raise awareness for infertility.  After the first two weeks of training, though sore, I am still more inspired than ever to complete this goal.

Training began like every other event I have competed in—very slowly.  It takes a lot of effort to get up and going again after taking so many months off to “recover” (aka, eating anything and everything I want, and not even runningconsidering going for a run).   Once I finally put down the doughnuts, I was able to find a very nice rhythm this week, and found a plan that is very doable.  Through the first 2 weeks of workouts I have ran 9+ miles, swam 1.5, and completed 4+ hours on a stationary bike (our house isn’t located in an ideal biking region……soooooo many hills, and the rain has kept me inside).   All in all, the first two weeks are going as well as planned, with no setbacks or pains (minus soreness).

Following my initial post announcing my plan, I received a ton of positive feedback from family, friends, and many of those who follow this blog.  I truly appreciate all the encouragement and am truly blessed. However, I want everyone to remember that this run is in no way about me; please keep all those dealing with infertility in your thoughts and prayers.  The physical pain that I am putting myself through can never compare the countless numbers of families in the midst of their fertility struggle.

One final note for my first training update, I have to give a shout out to my wife.  The amount of time that I will be spending over the next 15 to 20 weeks training at times can be a struggle, but luckily my wife has been nothing but amazing.  I even got her on a bike (for the first time in 15 years) and she rode right along with me for the entire ride.  She is my teammate, cheerleader, motivator, and at times the one pushing me out the door to go run when I am struggling.

Come stop by next week as I will provide another update as well as a breakdown of the event I will be competing in.