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Tri Challenge/Joaquin: Moving the goalpost forward
August 5th, 2011
10:02 AM ET

Tri Challenge/Joaquin: Moving the goalpost forward

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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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Triathaloon

    great work, from what it sounds like you should aim for 2:45 though! Just try and relax at the beginning of the swim!

    August 5, 2011 at 13:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Dr. Stephen Sands

    Congrats! Curious how the experience was for you and what your final time was. Way to go!
    Stephen

    August 8, 2011 at 22:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. blathering

    My final time was 6:30... but my cat sat in front of the clock blocking out the 6. She wanted me to see 30. Most exhausting race. You know when so many people appear to be focusing on you while you run – it's exhausting. I can just feel the energy. I prefer jogging to competing. I need a better sports bra. I'm glad I don't have to run every day – it would be too much. Timed racing is the worst. Can we stroll?

    September 10, 2011 at 06:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. blathering

    Oh, that's funny.

    September 10, 2011 at 06:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. reagan cardinale

    Reagan Cardinale
    The article I read was Tri Challenge, this article is about people who competed in the NYC triathlon . They are very proud of finishing the triathlon, a triathlon is a 3 course race you swim bike and then run. The person who has finished the triathlon is very proud of themselves because it is such a physically challenging race. There was 3 people from CNN who competed in the NYC triathlon all 6 of them successfuly finished the triathlon, all 6 are very proud that they are officially called triathletes. The race started at 6:40 a.m. and they had to meet at 3:40 a.m. but the race had a delayed start. Those reporters have been training for 6 months in intense conditions, they all made major lifestyle changes so they could compete and finish the triathlon. To train one man changed his eating habits and ate much healthier as well he being able to swim 60 laps in his pool and now can ride 36 miles on the open road on his bike. He also can now run 10 miles and on average each mile takes about 8 minutes. He is now much more confident since he is healthier then he was before he competed and finished the triathlon. Now that he has finished the triathlon he will be more optimistic in competing in other events. He is physically in much better shape he has lost weight and doesn’t just eat to eat he now eats to improve and better himself and his health.

    September 16, 2011 at 09:47 | Report abuse | Reply

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