#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.


#TriToConceive with Josh!

From Josh:

390040_738537463337_235816598_nFor many of you following our blog, you have read numerous pieces written by my sisters, and many less from me. As I outlined in my initial blog post, I struggled to find topics to discuss as 27-year-old male who did not have kids, or haven’t attempted to conceive with my wife. I no doubt had a passion to help spread the word and help bring encouragement to families who are struggling with infertility; I just didn’t believe that my writing was the most effective vehicle to do just that. I brainstormed for many hours hoping to find a way to connect with people more effectively and a way that brings attention to a cause that is frequently lacking a male voice.
Before I get deeper into this article, a little background will be needed. In December of 2007, my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer, the same cancer that took the life of my grandfather 20 years prior. This became an impactful moment not only in my life, but my entire family. As we gathered in support, our entire family began taking part in a local Indianapolis 5K that raised funds to support men dealing with prostate cancer. Little did we know that doing a 5K as a family would create a spark in all of us to live a healthier lifestyle, and push our bodies to the limit. Shortly after my father’s diagnosis, he underwent a successful surgery to remove the cancer. He remains cancer free to this day. However, we have never stopped running.
In effort to blend these two passions together, I have decided to embark on a journey that I will document for you all over the coming weeks and months. I could not think of a better week to make this announcement than National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW). This week we honor those dealing with fertility issues for NIAW, and gather to support a common cause.
To do my part in raising awareness for families dealing with infertility, I will be competing in an Olympic Triathlon later this summer (my first Olympic distance). My goal is not to win or run my personal bests, it’s about carrying a torch for a cause that is rarely mentioned my men. I hope this journey helps inspire men to open up about the emotional effects of infertility, and create a new dialog. It is also to honor and support those who have battled, or are currently battling the physical and emotional turmoil that infertility causes. #YouAreNotAlone.
During my training, please follow my progress on Facebook, and Twitter @keytoconcieve, or search #TriToConceive as I will bring you weekly updates, as well as the stories of those who I am running for.
I look forward to hearing from all of you over the next few months.