Almost a triathlete…

You can tell it’s the beginning of the year by looking at the embellished headlines about “how to achieve your best body” on the cover of every current women’s magazine! Ah yes it’s new years resolution time so it’s time to cash in on the two – three weeks of the year where people actually try and keep there resolution. I’ve decided this year that I’m going to make “one month resolutions”, I think it’s a lot more realistic and achievable so Januarys resolution is to (surprise, surprise) get fit. Now don’t get me wrong here, this isn’t a loose weight and achieve the best body ever resolution, it’s more of a if I don’t improve my fitness level I’m going to pass out on the first leg of the triathlon I’ve signed up to do on January 29 resolution. You heard correctly, I’m doing a triathlon. Why? Because it seems so ridiculous that I would ever participate in an event voluntarily that involves a 400m swim, 16km cycle and 4km run when the only way I usually work up a sweat is when I’m kneading dough. But it’s happening because it’s a personal challenge and I’m also raising money for Ovarian Cancer Australia. My goal is to raise $1,000, you can help me do this by pledging your support.

I’m pleased to let you know that for the past 15 days, I’ve kept up my resolution! Unlike the majority of the world who nursed a hang over on New Year’s Day, I was running laps of the neighbourhood in Mt Maunganui, New Zealand. When the rest of my family and friends cracked open there first frothy for the afternoon when we were camping on my parent’s farm in Marlo, I was swimming laps of the river (and yes the murky water was scary!) I’ve even got a new found appreciation for cyclists, those road bike seats are incredibly painful, it’s got me questioning exactly how males navigate there bits and pieces whilst on the road? Yet with all this training I’ve somehow managed to still put on weight, I think it’s because I believe I deserve extra bacon with my eggs now that I’m almost a triathlete. Well, what’s the point of exercise if you can’t have a second serving?

I must admit that I’m starting to notice improvement in my fitness level, which was very poor to begin with. When I started running I ran 2 minutes on and 2 minutes off, the first time I did this I thought I was close to having a cardiac arrest. The last run I did was two laps of my local park, each lap taking 13 minutes with only a small drink stop in between. For me, that’s a big achievement and has proven that even people with poor fitness levels like myself can work towards doing a triathlon.

If you would like to support me in my January resolution to become fit enough to complete the Omara Cycles & Celebrity Women’s Triathlon that will be happening on 29 January at the Peter Scullin Reserve, Mordialloc you can donate as much as you can afford to my everyday hero page and help me support a great cause.

Now here’s something that will make you laugh… I made the sports section of the Herald Sun, I think that this might be a once in a lifetime occurrence, or it could be the start of something bigger… Look out Ironman!

Trying to be a triathlete...Herald Sun 15/01/2012

I hope that everyone had a happy, healthy, safe and fun Christmas and New Year’s. I’m looking forward to what’s in store for 2012, if this first few weeks is anything to go by it’s going to be a wild ride with lots of resolutions!

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6 Responses to “Almost a triathlete…”

  1. Simon H
    January 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Hello Dani,

    I think it is really good that you participated in this and will be going in the Triathlon on the 29th January.

    I hope you go really well and you enjoy yourself.

    Look forward to seeing what recipes you put on your blog this year.

    from Simon.

  2. sian
    January 15, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    Good luck Dani!! My boyfriend does triathlons and I know it’s incredibly hard work but the sense of achievement you get when you cross the finish line will make it all worth it!!

  3. Myles
    January 16, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    Hey dani!

    Great to see you’re doing it! Very encouraging :)

    Best of luck,


  4. Chris Jappy
    January 16, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    Congratulations Dani, improving your fitness level is always a difficult thing. But I agree Anyone can do it if they try. It’s a lot easier than people think to get a bit fitter. Just takes dedication. What better way to try than doing it for such a good cause.

    I haven’t made a new years resolution in years. Never see the point. I always thought if you want to make yourself a better person why wait. Just do it a little at a time until you get yourself to the level you want to be at.

    Good luck with the triathlon, sounds brilliant.

  5. Average POH
    January 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    Hey Dani!

    The best advice I can give is to not be too proud and walk up the hills and save your energy for the flats and downhills! That’s how I did my first (and only) half marathon and finished with a time under 1h 50m!

    My work roster doesn’t really allow me to train like I use to now though :(

    Keep up the good work! All the best!


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