After being challenged to set a 4 week, 8 week and 12 week goal by a colleague at work, I set the following goals:
My 4 week goal is to complete the 5km Neil Hawkins Park Run on Sunday 8 March 2009 in under 30 mins.
My 8 week goal is to complete the 10km Bridges Fun Run on Sunday 5 April 2009 in under 55mins.
My 12 week goal is to complete the 7km Mothers Davey Classic on Sunday 10 May 2009 in under 35 mins.
I began training with an easy 1km run. I barely made it 800 metres. My breathing was so laboured and my heart rate so high I felt like I was going to have a heart attack. My first run had lasted 4 minutes. Two days later I tried again to run 1km. This time I made it but by the end was so dizzy I thought I was going to faint and my heart rate again was so high I though I would have a heart attack. I abandoned running immediately.
The next week I started cycling the 9km to work to build up my fitness. I dragged my ancient Repco Superlite out of the shed and rode to work. My bike is quite colourful but I have been told it is not daggy, it is retro cool:
My first ride to work went well. Surprisingly it was much faster than catching the bus or train and was a lot of fun. I had forgotten how much fun it was to ride and was hooked after just one ride.
I joined the Bicycles Network Australia forum and found out about Audax Australia, a club for people wanting to participate in longer rides. The Audax rides sounded challenging for me and so I quickly revised my goals:
My week 4 challenge is to complete a 100km cycle event in under 5 hours.
My week 8 challenge is to complete an off-road Audax ride of 35km.
My week 12 challenge is to complete a 200km bike ride.
To prepare for my week 4 challenge I participated in a group ride with members of Australian Cycling Forums on 2/3/2009.