Tri Challenge: Mixed feelings about what's next
6-Pack member Stasia Cirricione cycles with Ironman Champion Tim DeBoom in Hawaii.
July 13th, 2011
03:08 PM ET

Tri Challenge: Mixed feelings about what's next

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.

As the 2011 Nautica New York City Triathlon approaches (24 days and counting!), I have such mixed feelings about the end of my first season as a newbie triathlete and the race that will be the culmination of the 2011 CNN Fit Nation 6-pack. I’m excited and nervous for the race, I’m looking forward to shifting my focus for the fall and winter months, and I’m sad that my journey with my other 6-pack friends is almost over.

I started out with a fire burning brighter than a thousand suns. I’d lost some weight prior to the whole experience and this was the next piece of the puzzle, the next fork in the road leading towards a healthier weight and a healthier life. As the seven months of training has gone by, I’ve lost a bit of my oomph, but I’m still going strong. I can see the finish line, so to speak.

Over the last several months, I’ve experienced a myriad of different things. From meeting Dr. Sanjay Gupta, seeing Atlanta, being introduced to Dawn McPherson, an amazing triathlete (and person) here in Kansas City who would helping me train and prepare for the triathlon, to getting a new bicycle, learning to ride with clipless pedals, going to Hawaii and training with Tim and Nicole DeBoom, and so much more. I’ve gotten up at times when I’d rather have been sleeping and gone to bed later than I’d like. I’ve given up some of my favorite junk foods in exchange for healthier choices to better fuel my body all for the sake of training. I’m so thankful for the opportunity I’ve been given and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

I hope to be a part of the multi-sport community for many years to come, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t happy that long training weeks were going to be shorter soon. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still be swimming, cycling, and running but I don’t intend to keep up with quite as many hours per week as I’m currently doing. Over the fall and winter, I plan to focus more on strength training and weight loss in preparation for a stronger second year of triathlon. Next spring, however, it’s on. Training will pick back up and I’ll start focusing on my races planned for next year. I’ve already started thinking about the ones I’m planning to do in 2012. Right now though, I need to focus on the present.

As my big race for the year approaches, I’m making lists of stuff I need to remember, going over details in my head, preparing a race plan, and getting pumped for New York City.

My plans for the day after race day: SLEEP IN!

See you in New York!

soundoff (One Response)
  1. TriHardNinaLove

    Stasia, what a great job of capturing your sentiments; many of mine, too! See you in 3 weeks... for the happy and the sad parts, too... AND there's always NEXT YEAR...

    July 13, 2011 at 18:27 | Report abuse | Reply

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