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My First Sprint Triathlon: Part 1

Theresa embarking on her first triathlon

Post by Theresa, a member of Rex Wellness Center of Garner. Theresa completed her first half-marathon about six months ago! Her next goal is to compete in Garner’s Inaugural Sprint Triathlon on July 14th, with the guidance of Rodney Jenkins, our ‘Garner Ironman’. Theresa is blogging about her experiences as a first-time triathlete-in-training to hopefully inspire others to try it! When she has time off from work and isn’t at Rex Wellness Center, Theresa likes to go to the beach and hang out with friends.

‘Garner’s Ironman’ Rodney Jenkins, Theresa’s trainer for the Rex Wellness Sprint Triathlon in Garner on July 14.

When I was asked to train with Rodney and blog about my experiences in training for my first triathlon, I have to admit I was a bit nervous. One of my fellow members, Lisa, encouraged me to do it, even though I had just recently learned proper swim technique (thanks to another fellow member, Jim).

Although I could swim, I wasn’t exactly what I would call proficient at it yet! Nervousness subsided and excitement took over. After all, who wouldn’t want to train under the guidance of an Ironman?

I met with Rodney last week and we went over the training calendar and he answered all the questions I had. He was confident that if I stick to the calendar I will be okay. Though I was intimidated at first, I look forward to working with Rodney and the others he’s recruited to help me along the way.

Week one of training went off without a hitch. The weather was cooler this week which made it nice to be outside, though that will soon change. That Sunday morning wind in a wide open neighborhood made for a little tougher bike ride! I’m looking forward to week two. I know there will be challenges along the way, be it weather, work, personal, or whatever — but I can’t worry about those things. That’s just life. I’m going to give it my all!!

Theresa on a roadbike
Theresa training for the bike leg