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Hi all. Well, I'm finally doing my first Tri at Nantwich in three weeks. I've worked so hard to get ready. I've lost 5 stone (4 in the last) year with this goal in mind, started riding a bike, swimming and running, and I thought I'd be fine - after all, it's only a sprint for goodness sake. But, here's the thing. I wanted to lose another stone in the 6 weeks before the tri and I've actually lost nothing so I am still much heavier than I should be (I'm a size 16 now).
The swim is worrying me because I wear glasses that I cannot see much without and won't be able to have them on. I'm not worried about the bike other than I know full well that I will be the last person to finish it as I am very slow (takes me about an hour to do 10 miles).
The running is my absolute nightmare and which is making me feel sick with worry at the thought of it. I know it's only 5km (which makes me feel even more pathetic) but I can't run it - no-where near. The maximum I can do is a very slow 1 mile jog and even that I find very hard. I am scared that I am going to look like a complete idiot on the day. I;m worried I'm not going to be able to run it all (I know I could walk but I;d feel like I failed if I did that). At the gym this morning it took me 15 minutes to do a mile and I couldn;t even jog all of that. I seem to be going backwards rather than progressing. My boyfriend does Tri and he's coming to support me and even though I knew I'd be the last to finish, at this rate I feel like everyone will have packed up and gone home before I'm anywhere near the end. Added to this is the fact that I have been getting so stressed and anxious about the whole thing that in the last 3 weeks my training and eating have gone completely downhill.
Does anyone have any advice at all about what I can do to get over this feeling? Has anyone ever been in a similar situation? Anyone done a Tri at a significantly higher weight than most other people are who do them? I just feel sick at the thought of it and I know I am being daft but could use some word of comfort and reassurance and advice if there are any to be had...