Forward Motion: Getting started


Vigo County, Indiana (WTHI)

Have you ever wondered what you’re capable of doing? For anything: work, school, physical challenges, raising a family. The question is just how far can you push yourself.

I decided to try to find out. Can I complete the 29th annual Terre Haute Triathlon? It’s at Hawthorne Park this May, 800-meter swim, 40k bike, and 8k run.

I started training  January 18th in the pool. I’m lucky enough to have an excellent local trainer, Ryan Oilar with Forward Motion Athletics. He does these triathlon things all the time. Here’s him finishing a race much longer than any I’ll do in the next year.


He built a training plan for me specifically, and that’s what I’m following. He also gets to tell me I can when I tell him I’m sure that I can’t. That’s a challenge at times, since sometimes I give him this look.


Embarrassingly enough, I didn’t even belong to a local gym. After shopping around a bit, I joined the Vigo County YMCA. They have a great facility right in Terre Haute that I’ll come to loathe within the next four months.

You can keep track of it all here. I’ll keep you updated with how things are going. And if you’re lucky, you’ll probably catch Susan Dinkel and Kevin Orpurt laughing about my efforts on News 10 First at Five throughout my training.

Now the question is: How far can you push yourself? In whatever it is, try something outside your comfort zone this week. Every time I jump in the pool, that’s exactly what I’m doing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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