August 5th, 2011
10:02 AM ET
Since January, six iReporters have been training in the Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge. We’re following along as they prepare to compete alongside Dr. Sanjay Gupta in the August 7 Nautica NYC Triathlon. During their last week before the race, we asked each of them the following questions: What's the biggest change you've seen in yourself since kick-off weekend? What are your personal goals for the Tri?"
This weekend, "Sanjay Gupta, M.D." will be live from New York at 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday and Sunday. Watch the culmination of our team's training
Six months of intense training are about to be tested and I can't wait to experience my first triathlon.
The journey to get here has been filled with ups and downs but all worth it. From struggling to wake up for 4:30 a.m. training sessions to making major lifestyle changes including going from a struggling self-employed business owner to a marketing director for a water conservation company all within those six months.
Looking back at life from our kickoff weekend this February I have undergone some major life changes.
Physically, I've lost weight, and I now eat every meal with a purpose of improving my health, and I sleep better every night. I feel much lighter, stronger and faster.
As a result of my training I've gone from swimming one lap across a 25 meter pool and getting winded to swimming 60 laps with ease. I went from riding a stationary spin bike for 45 minutes to riding 36 miles on the open road. Lastly, I went from running an exhausting 10 minute mile to running 10 miles with an average speed of 8 minutes per mile.
Mentally, I'm more confident, more optimistic, and more focused than ever before. I've become energized and have a renewed appreciation for my health and life in general.
When I started the Tri Challenge, my goal was to simply finish the race. That has changed now. ... I've witnessed my body and mind improve to athletic levels I've never thought possible for me, so with great coaching advice and curiosity, I've moved the goalpost forward.
My new goal for the NYC Tri is simple. Finish the race in under 3 hours and leave it all on the course in honor of my supportive family and awesome coaches.
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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.