I'm so hooked! I have two more tris on the calender. One on June 4th and another on the 18th. My run is improving too. I have always struggled with running. I don't like it, not one bit. But I'm getting better at it. I used to run a minute, walk a minute etc. Then one day I just decided I was going to run until I felt like I was gonna die. Before I knew it I ran a little more then a mile without stopping. It was not fun, but I did it. I have such a sense of accomplishment after I run, and I hope I don't ever loose that. I must admit, I use the term "run" rather loosly...It's a 12 minute mile. I want to work up to running a 5k without stopping. Right now I'm running 3x a week, just a mile for now, once I did a mile and a half. Tomorrow I'm stepping it up, going to try for a mile and a half again. (kinda sick though, so I'm gonna see how it goes...upper respiratory...yuck!) Nothing less then a mile though. Tell me if this makes sense to you. I seem to run better after I've already "worked out". Last week for instance, I ran a mile and a half (first time ever) after an intense spinning class and I felt better then when I run cold, just out the front door. I guess that's a good thing for a tri though!! Here is my question though, do I have time to work up to a 5k before June 4th, if I'm only at a mile now? Is 3x week gonna cut it if I plan to make that goal? I'm still working through pain when I run too. Awful pain in my side (always right side) and I never feel like I have control over my breathing. Heart rate climbs up to 170 and hangs out there. Of course shin pain but that's the least of my worries. Does it get easier?