January 7th, 2012
08:15 AM ET
Each day from now until next Friday, CNN will introduce you to one member of the 2012 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge team. Today meet Jeff Dauler, an Atlanta-area radio host who joined our team after struggling with a divorce and other personal challenges.
By the time you read this you'll know that I have agreed to participate in the Malibu Triathlon and document my journey there for Dr. Sanjay Gupta and CNN. But these were my thoughts the evening before revealing this adventure on my radio show.
Wednesday, January 4, 8 p.m.
Is this really happening?
In 12 hours, there's no turning back. In 12 hours, Dr. Gupta announces to my co-workers, family, friends and anyone else tuned into The Bert Show that in a few short months I will be swimming in the ocean, biking up and down hills and running for a finish line. All in the same day, one after the other. I'll be a triathlete.
(Technical question: If you attempt, but don't finish, a triathlon, are you still a triathlete?)
Maybe it hasn't really sunk in yet, because I have no fear of what's to come. I have an alarming amount of confidence. That's probably naive of me, but I think it's good. I'm scared more than I show, and it feels so good to have such a daunting feat before me and not be afraid of it. I'm welcoming it, and that is empowering.
The biggest challenge for me is going to be the swimming. I'm very comfortable in the water ... I spend most of the summer months on a boat or jumping off one. I can get from point A to point B without much struggle. But it's not pretty, and I'm not graceful by nature. The whole idea of getting my arms / legs / head moving in tandem freaks me out. My coach is confident she can get me to do it. I admire her confidence.
The before-and-after videos of this will be fun to watch.
If you want follow along, I'd be honored to share the ups and downs with you. I'd love to hear your feedback, advice and motivation. I'd also love to vent to you on days when I'm regretting ever sending my video to Sanjay.
I'm humbled and honored to be a part of such an amazing team. Six remarkable people ... and me ... are all going to mark 2012 as a turning point in our lives. We each have different stories, different reasons, different motivations. But now we are bonded to a single goal. To run across a line painted on a Malibu street, and into a new chapter of our lives. Healthier physically, healthier mentally.
Off we go ...
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