This weekend I took part in a duathlon.  That’s the self-congratulatory part.  But I didn’t do the whole thing.  That’s the other part.

So what happened was this: A colleague had signed up to do it with a friend, with the friend biking 10km and my colleague doing the 5km walk.  The friend backed out, and I backed in.  Had I biked 10km before?  No.  Am I used to biking?  Sort of, and where I live is moderately hilly.  So I thought, why not. 

The race day was gorgeous.  We had beautiful weather, and I’d psyched myself up to sore muscles and screaming pain afterwards.  The reality was nothing more than a good workout – which leads me to think I could have pushed myself harder (5km of biking uphill notwithstanding).

I had fun, and I’ve decided I’d be interested in biking more competitively and just working up to something.  Running is not in the cards, but seeing the scenery go by while I push myself?  That, I can do.  The duathlon I did is part of a New Zealand government initiative called REAL – Regular Exercise, Active Lives, designed to encourage women to make regular exercise a part of their lives.  As far as I’m concerned, it worked.

Have you ever done races, walks, or bikes for charity or just for fun?  Any triathletes or ironmen here?

– Jean AAR

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I live in Seattle, Washington and work as a legal assistant. I remember learning to read (comic strips) at a young age and nowadays try to read about 5-6 books a week. I love to travel, especially to Europe, and enjoy exploring smaller towns off the tourist track though London is my favorite city in the world.