November 10th, 2010
04:42 PM ET
We're at the starting line of CNN's 2011 Fit Nation Challenge. That means we're looking for six CNN viewers to race in the 2011 New York City Triathlon with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Are you interested?
Here are a few things to know: CNN is looking for people who need a little help getting fit, not people who have already raced a triathlon (or marathon, for that matter). If you're serious about getting healthy and changing your life, this is the challenge for you!
The six lucky viewers will be given everything they need to train for this race and their new, healthy lifestyle. The event is composed of a 1-mile swim, a 25-mile bike ride and a 10k run. All we ask in return is dedication, commitment, and regular contributions for our blog. If you fit the bill, send us a video .
Not sure if you're ready for this?
Hear from some of this year's "six-pack". This challenge changed their lives and it can change yours, too! So what are you waiting for? Just TRI it and soon you could be off and swimming, biking, and running with Dr. Gupta!
Meet the 2010 "Six-Pack"
Then something happened. The Livestrong site recommended following Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Twitter and I just clicked, followed and read the tweet. It said "want to train with me for the 2010 NYC Triathlon? Click here" and the rest was history. After being part of the CNN Fit Nation 2010 triathlon six-pack, I've been changed forever. Being a slave to cigarettes and unhealthy eating is over and I'm ready for my second 2011 NYC Triathlon. All I had to do was tell myself "why not me?" So, what are you waiting for? Why not you?
And through this experience, I have been able to talk to many women about the importance of being fit and healthy. I have been able to encourage women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Cancer is never a good thing, but Romans 8:28 tells me that "in all things God works for the good of those who love him." I know that God worked my breast cancer for good because I loved and trusted him.
When I sent in my video for CNN's Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge, my goal was to lose a few pounds during the training. And I did. Just a few. Like 5. Initially, the slight drop in scale numbers was disappointing, but that letdown was replaced with the adrenaline I felt every morning when I pulled myself out of the pool, in the evenings when I ran farther and faster than I ever thought possible, and on the weekends when I took flight on my bike. My concern about my weight took a back seat when I realized that in taking every step to train, I was taking steps to change my life, and all else would fall into place.
What I gained through this challenge was incredible endurance, and another dimension in understanding what my body is capable of. I have life-long friends with whom I share an uncommon (we swam in the Hudson River!) bond. The triathlon challenge was life-changing in ways I never could have imagined would take shape when I taped a 60-second video and sent it to CNN, and I encourage anyone who's looking to do what others deem impossible to simply give it a try.
About this blog
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.