August 3rd, 2011
04:53 PM 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 kickoff 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
Before I started writing this blog, I went and reread and my first blog on why I wanted to do a triathlon. I am proud to say that I pretty much achieved what I set out to do.
First, I did something new, hard and totally outside my comfort zone. Being a mom of two very young kids, you fall into a routine, and stick with what you know best. No time for surprises. That was me. I was doing the minimum of going to the gym, one hour a day, 2-3 times a week. Since the training started, my whole view of getting and being fit has taken a 180 degree turn. My body is able to handle 2-3 hrs of training at a stretch. I am able to take my bike and go for a spin outside with other moms. I was able to take my husband on his first bike ride after his knee surgery. I took my kids to a shallow river and let them play in it with me. My world has opened up as well as those around me.
July 19th, 2011
04:39 PM 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.
I've been trying to swim in Lake Michigan for several weeks now with my swim group but it's been canceled due to bad weather or bad water quality.
Luckily, I met a wonderful person, Nadine Borkowicz, in my swim class, who was training for her first Ironman and we talked about my fear of open water. It seemed that she was worried about the open water as well, and had asked one of her friends, Tom Degan – an Ironman, to swim with her the next day in Lake Michigan. She was so kind to invite me along and I jumped at the chance!
June 17th, 2011
10:15 AM ET
June 12th was the Naperville Women's Sprint Triatholon. This was going to be a warmup for the Nautica New York City Triathlon on August 7.
For the past four months, I've been training and learning all that goes into triathlon. Transitions, clip on shoes, changing tubes, fastest way to get in and out of a wetsuit, were all buzz words and now the time had come to actually execute!
The Sherox women's tri was a sprint distance and I was going to be doing the swim and bike portion of the race and Rosie from my run club, would be doing the run portion.
May 12th, 2011
01:45 PM ET
Lately I’ve been feeling a little anxious, as the triathlon date is fast approaching. It’s only 12 weeks away, and I feel that I still have a long way to go to get ready. While I know that I have become physically fit especially after the midway trip to Hawaii, I get a little overwhelmed at what I am about to do in a few months.
One of the coaches that I work with said that you can have goals and intentions. Every triathlete's goal is to finish the triathlon, but an intention is to have fun, be fit and happy. This really resonated with me as I reflected upon what I have accomplished so far. Yes, I am able to run, bike, and swim longer than I did three months ago, and yes, my goal is to finish the NYC triathlon. But my daily, weekly, and monthly intention is to be healthy, have fun with the people I train with, and pass along the knowledge I gain to others.
I was so focused on my goal that when my workouts didn’t go well I would get really disappointed. But focusing on my intention helps me to be “present” in the moment, without getting attached to the outcome. So, I am focusing on my short-term goals every week and I know that by race day, I will be as ready as I can be.
April 19th, 2011
05:25 PM ET
This week, the CNN Fit Nation Triathlon team is in Kona, Hawaii, for a week of intense training. Follow along on The Chart and on Twitter, @CNNFitNation . Kas Seerla is a participant in the 2011 CNN Fit Nation Challenge. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two young daughters, and is using this challenge to show other moms that it's OK to step out of their comfort zones!
Day One at CNN Hawaii boot camp! After a one-hour open water swim drill, we had to do a three-mile run around the beautiful Mauna Lani property. It was getting hot and the sun was above us at 8 a.m. I was nervous as I had never run after a swim but I was also in high spirits; I wasn't intimidated with a 3-mile run as I would have been a couple of months ago.
The guys took off and were way ahead but I was able to keep my pace and was right behind them when we completed the three miles. What a relief!
Onto the 20-mile bike ride after breakfast! I rode my bike outside the first time last week and it was only for 2 miles. So 20 miles should be interesting!
April 8th, 2011
05:59 PM ET
Kas Seerla is a member of the 2011 CNN Fit Nation Challenge. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two young daughters, and is using this challenge to show other moms that it's OK to step out of their comfort zones!
What motivates me to workout six times a week? Well, I'd like to say that it's all internal and I wake up everyday raring to go.
These past two months, I've finally realized and come to terms with the fact that I cannot work out alone.
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