Tri Challenge/Kendrick: I've come so far
Kendrick with his triathlon coaches Keith Klebacha and Mary Ann Sedor
August 3rd, 2011
05:24 PM ET

Tri Challenge/Kendrick: I've come so far

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

I am less than one week away from my first triathlon and it has been an amazing six months. While there have been some setbacks and disappointments, I am glad that I took this first step.

The biggest change I have seen in myself has been increased confidence. I remember when I first met my trainers in January and was not sure that I could actually complete a triathlon. I was a bona-fide coach potato and remember how after a few strokes in the endless pool I was out of breath.

Last week in Lake Michigan, I swam almost a mile and was able to settle into a rhythm and regulate my breathing.

Over the past six months, my bike handling skills have drastically improved. My first bike class in February, I could not pedal more than two minutes without stopping. The bike portion has probably been the most memorable due to the busted lip and stitches that were the result of a couple of spills. However, as I continued to get more practice on the bike I rode 20 miles, then 30 miles and am still improving with each ride.

I still have to work on building my running endurance, but I am further along than I was in January, and am determined not to stop there. I plan on signing up for a 5K  in the fall and possibly a half-marathon for next spring.

I’ve lost 35 pounds and am on track to lose much more. My major goal for this challenge was weight loss and I learned a major lesson about setting realistic goals, so losing 20 pounds in a month is very unrealistic and probably not very healthy. I really have been focusing on making smaller, gradual sustainable changes.

My major goal for the triathlon actually occurs at the end, and that to make sure that the NYC Tri is the first of many triathlons, and who knows even an Ironman race one day.

I am so excited about race day and continuing on this lifelong fitness journey!

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    I'm so very proud of you! God Bless you this weekend and have fun!

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