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I’m No Triathlete – But I’m Now a Gym Member!

By Kat Gillespie – Marketing Champion

The winter months in Grand Rapids can get a bit crazy; one day it’s 50 degrees, the next day it’s 22 degrees.  My body can’t handle it! So, I am going against the tiny voice coming from my wallet saying, “No, don’t do it!” and I am buying a gym membership, something I’ve never done before. It’s a jungle out there. No joke, especially when it comes to searching for a gym. There are so many, how do you decide which one is best for you?!

Well, I weighed all my options and I came to the conclusion that gyms offer a lot of good deals in January. After much research, I decided to return to my alma mater and sign up to use the Grand Valley fitness center, which also includes a pool!

I have officially stepped up my Tri training game and I am excited for the next 170 days or so before the Grand Rapids Tri. Being a newbie, I would love to hear any training tips you may have for training in a gym. Post them in the comments below and I’ll let you know if I tried them out in my next posts!

On a side note: As I type this I’m watching my weekly motivational show, The Biggest Loser. I am in awe of Jillian Michaels, she is a beast! How sweet would it be to have her participate in the Grand Rapids Tri? I bet having her on the course, would increase everyone’s time by at least a minute or so, for fear of having her catch you slowing down on the course!

Kat Gillespie is a Marketing Champion for both the Michigan Titanium and the Grand Rapids Triathlon. After working with Triathletes for the past year, she caught the bug. Be sure to follow her journey leading up to the Grand Rapids Tri 2013 here and for even more training stories follow her blog and connect with her on Twitter!

Grand Rapids Triathlon

Grand Rapids Triathlon

We are the largest independent triathlon and proud host of five USAT National Championships over the course of our nine-year history. While our event brings in some of the best athletes from across the country, we have also been named one of the Top 5 Best Triathlons for Beginners in the country according to Triathlon Business International. This triathlon event is a chance for athletes of all skill levels to compete on a scenic riverside course, perfect for the novice through the seasoned triathlete. Offering Sprint, Olympic, and Half distance Triathlons, Aquabike, Swim and Relay events, this USA Triathlon sanctioned event promises heart-pounding excitement from start to the finish.