By Adam Jowett
Have I Lost My Mind? Or Just My Patience?
In the beginning there were athletes, then came the partner, the career, the education, the commitments, the laziness, the belly, the end.Ok maybe a little too gloom and doom but you get the drift. It is a familiar tale of many a man and women, athletic "potentials" in their teens, toned "naturals" as they approach their twenties, nicely rounded "career minded professionals" as they approach their thirties.It is a stage I hit a few more years ago than I care to remember. I am 28 now, hardly an old crony, but life in busy Sydney Australia has meant my belly is softer than the excuses I use to convince myself I am in good shape.So it is now, with the aid of some enthusiastic workmates that I move off into the land of triathlons. I have always watched triathlon as a child here in Australia, and with the international success of the Aussie athletes, that the moment appears to be a long swim, a bum numbing ride and a heart breaking marathon "just to round things off" was made to look like a stroll in the park (well kinda a swim in the pool, then a ride down the shops, then a stroll in the park ... well you get the point).Of course I knew it was more fun than that description, in fact I have even heard from people that it is down right addictive, this usuallyt coming from people with rippling "abbadabbas" and a crazy thirst for any drink that’s green and ends in "ade".So am I insane, have I lost mind, or just lost my patience with "western" lazy life? Whichever it is, it's time to realise some of that "potential".I am ready, I am willing, but am I able? I guess in the upcoming months I will find that out. Here is how I start things off:Aim: Newcastle Foreshore Triathlon (6 February 2005)S: 500m(550 yds)B: 18km(28.8 miles)R: 5km(8 mile)Current Inventory:Old basketball shoesOld gogglesNo bikeNo fancy-pancy electronic stuffNo ideaCurrent Skill Levels:Swim: 25m - puff puff, 50m - wheeze, 100m - oh dear god spare me.Bike: I did a 50 meter wheelie when I was 12 once, ummm ...Run: Once a good runner, now a good "run-away-er."Training plan:Couch to Sprint programThe quest begins ... see you in a week or two (god willing!).
Keeping fit, soccer, triathlons (obviously), cricket, guitar, my wife ...