I moved back to Hamburg in August, and moving back to my hometown meant giving up my gym membership (so expensive here) and giving up being member of the climbing club.
For a long time, this meant no sweaty fun for me. For even longer, it meant pulling my weaker self together and getting out there for runs by myself. Sure, the Koehlbrandbrueckenlauf helped getting motivated, but I can’t remember running in the rain once during training. Hamburg equals rain, so you can guess how many times I switched my runs to a later date.
When the mother of a friend told me about a triathlon club I could join, it didn’t take long to get me hooked.
I joined the club for a swimming lesson two weeks ago, and then finally decided to officially join last week. I’ve been to the swimming lessons twice yet, and still have a lot to learn. To quote the coach: “Nina, you have to turn your head out of the water before breathing in”. So, lots to learn.
This Sunday, I met with a group of beginners to join the cycling coach for a little tour. I was glad enough to be able to borrow a road bike from my friends mother, since I still don’t own one myself. It was a lot of fun, I guess, because I already started looking up potential road bikes, but during my first ride ever (2 hours!), I was in pain. I never expected it to be so hard to simply sit on a bike. My legs and back are still sore.
I know it’s getting colder every day now and the cycle tours are limited this year, so for now, I will focus on becoming a better swimmer and runner, not cyclist. Maybe, I will be a triathlete next year.
Are you member of a triathlon club? A running club? Any club? Tell me!