About Me

My name is Carol Scheible. When I was 20, my cousin started doing triathlons. I remember thinking “That sounds really cool, but I could never do that – I’m not athletic enough”.

Twenty years later I was overweight and out of shape, and generally miserable. I decided to make a commitment to follow a healthy lifestyle for the rest of my life. I lost a bunch of weight without any exercise. Then I hit a plateau where I could not lose any more.

So…I decided to start running. While searching for run training programs online, I ran across this great plan called Couch to 5k at a website called Beginner Triathlete. That old thought about how cool triathloning sounded came back to me …it was tucked away in the back of my mind all those years. This time, instead of thinking “I can’t do it”; I thought “I will do it!”.

After finishing the Couch to 5k training plan, I added biking and swimming to my workouts, and completed my first triathlon in April 05. I am now hooked on the sport of triathlon and am fitter than I have ever been in my life.

My brother, Mark, has been doing triathlons for several years and he is a great help to me – giving me lots of advice and support and answering all my neophyte questions. Thanks, Mark!

My brother-in-law, Tom, is a runner and fitness enthusiast and has always been an inspiration to me.

I’ve recently met a guy on my master’s swim team named Jon. He’s a master’s elite triathlete and actually wins races. He’s very inspiring and is kind enough to share his wisdom with me. He says all it takes is persistance. I think he’s just being modest and is very talented. What they heck, tho, I’ll dream big and tell myself that maybe I can win someday too.

The site Beginner Triathlete is a wonderful resource for triathletes – both novice and veteran. Also, read my post on Getting Started in Triathlon.


Here is a picture of me in Spring 04, as a couch potato. This was after a lost a bunch of weight, but before I started my triathlon training journey.

Here I am in Sept 05 at mile 12 of the VA Beach 1/2 marathon
Read Race Report, 2005
Read Race Report, 2006

Email me: ncskibum@gmail.com

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41 comments on “About Me
  1. Marcel says:

    Hi Carol,

    Just to let you know that I have made your blog my blog of the week. :-)

    http://sport4fun101.blogspot.ie/2014/04/blog-of-week-triathlon-training-blog.html

    I’ve included two links back to your site.

    Regards,

    Marcel

  2. Pedro says:

    Hi Carol, thank you for sharing the calories burned calculator. I always use it, he results are very accurate.
    I came back to my regular training after 3 years of my back surgery (Hernia disc L3/L4, L4/L5, L5,S1). I doing well some time a little pinch but I can handle it.
    You did a good job with yourself and hope this blog become in inspiration for who’s thinking when to start!
    Thank you.
    Pedro Vethencourt.

  3. Cash says:

    Just found your blog from a forum post to your link about the swim noodle. Definitely gonna do that.

    I too am practicing for the FS Half Iron. However, finding an accessible OWS location near Apex that is ACCESSIBLE before 8am is tough (Ebeneezer on Jordan doesn’t open til 8am) as I’d like to get started by 7am at the latest.

    Do you have any suggestions for early morning OWS swim locations?

  4. Tamara says:

    After reading your blog I became inspired to attempt my first triathlon. The Beginner Triathlete site a great resource and I will be using their suggestions. I truly commend you for your achievement and I hope I have the same success. :)

  5. Jess says:

    I’ve really enjoyed looking through your blog and reading your story! What an incredible accomplishment! You are definitely a natural motivator and a really good writer!

  6. Andreas says:

    Dear Carol,
    i’ve read your blog and admire you for you will. Your blog helped in many things as a triathlete. I’ve sent you again for my issue of peeing during the race. My problem is that the most of the times i can’t relax enough to pee in my pants. And after finally peeing my pants i feel a strange sensation during peeing myself. I don’t know if it sychology issue or is a feeling of my body:( Pls help me.. peeing during race is a great save of time!!! PLS dear Carol give me some advises about relaxing to pee. If you want tell about what do you do in order to relax to pee. Do you feel the same with me when you pee yourself during race? what exactly do you feel?
    I would appreciate your advise
    Best regards
    Andreas

  7. joey sia says:

    Hi! I came across your blog from the blog links of some elite triathletes in Malaysia. I have also just begun training for triathlon base on the plans I googled and found at beginner triathlete. Keep it going! Live, Love & Race!

  8. Brye says:

    I am interested in Getting into triathlons but I am not a good swimmer and haven’t ridden a bike in years. Any tips? What kind of bike? Did you take swim lessons? Any info would be great!! Thanks!

  9. Sarah says:

    Hi Carol,
    Your blog is fantastic and really inspiring – I mentioned and tagged you on my own blog today http://www.iruntotri.blogspot.com – I am a newbie triathlete, marathon runner and HOPEFUL future Ironman and I can’t wait to sit down and read through all your older posts as I know you have a ton of knowledge that I can benefit from! Best of luck in all your 2010 races!
    Sarah

  10. Paul says:

    I use your Avg HR to Calorie Calculator for all my work outs now. Thanks for posting it. I hope that it stays on your blog for ever. I have it bookmarked. The accuracy is good. I had my VO2Max calculated during a fit test two years ago. Inputting it into your calculator I find that my #’s are within the 13 calorie/minute consumption rate my test formulated for me when I am at my Lactate Threshold. THANKS AGAIN! Best Wishes in Health and Recreational/Competitive Fitness.
    Paul

  11. Jen says:

    I’m so glad I found your blog! I just signed up for my first triathlon, a sprint, at age 40. It will be in June. I am at my ideal weight, but am out of shape and haven’t exercised since I had my last baby 3 years ago. I was really excited about the triathlon, found a great training program and have followed it to the letter, but suddenly am scared to death that I can’t do this. You inspire me!

  12. Pamela says:

    Hi Carol,

    I found your blog and it is waaaay cool! I figured out how to follow you on Twitter, but I am such a blog baby (just started one a week ago) that I can’t figure out how to become a “follower” of your blog.

    Is there a button to click somewhere? Do you “allow” followers?

    Thanks,
    Pamela

  13. Mary Beth says:

    I decided to do a Sprint Triathlon on Labor Day this year. I am 46, was 5’3.5″ and 186 lbs. Needless to say, I was not healthy. That evening, under cover of darkness, I donned my running garb and set out on a run with my trusty dog. After .25 mile, I tripped over her and sprained my ankle. She is fine. But, after a quick trip to the Doc’s, I realized I had torn ligaments. So…I bicycled and swam. I just completed my Spring Triathlon on October 24, 2009 and finished the whole thing. I’ve lost 10 lbs so far and surprised myself by actually running the entire 5K portion. I hadn’t been able to run at all since deciding I wanted to try this Triathlon thing and injured myself. I almost cried at the finish line I was so happy. What a fabulous sport.

  14. Bernard says:

    I am 39 and I have just finished the c25k program and I have set my mind on a triathlon. Hearing you story lets me know that I am not crazy…..or at least not the only one that IS crazy!!!! lol

  15. Hey Carol!

    There can never be too many inspirational success stories like yours. I’m currently building my first ever blog(I’m computer challenged)and am putting a link to your blog on my blog…

    Here is mine if you are interested in displaying it..

    http://www.ironstruck4triathletes.blogspot.com

    This is my website………..www.ironstruck.ca

  16. STU says:

    i finished 6 months of chemo for hodgkins lymphoma about 6 weeks ago. been riding a bunch since then, and now looking down the road at doing duathalons/tri’s. just found ur site, so i’m gonna check out this site from the beginning and see how u did it.
    thanks!

  17. Amy says:

    Congratulations on all of your accomplishments and an amazing blog. I’ve been keeping track of my beginner (very beginner!) triathlon training experience at my own blog: http://amysfirsttri.blogspot.com/

    Best of luck with your races!

  18. Lefty says:

    Thank you so much for your inspiration. I have high blood pressure and a over active thyroid. Which I have been using as an excuse. NOT ANY MORE! This summer I am going to do my first Triathalon in Muncie, In.

  19. Michelle Fox says:

    Carol, great blog! You are an inspiration!

    I just completed my first Tri-Sprint — the Ramblin’ Rose Charlotte, NC in 2008. This year I’m signed up for Azalea, MAP, and Lake Norman.

    I too went from being a couch potato to an aspiring triathlete!

    Thanks for this blog!

  20. K.R.F.W. says:

    Am gearing up to do the NYC Triathlon in 2009… signing up this weekend (11/1/2008). I’ve done a couple of shorter triathlons here on Long Island, NY, but I want more, and NYC will be the more I need.

    I did the NYC Marathon in 1997 and have always looked back upon that run as a great accomplishment for me. I turn 50 next month and look upon the triathlon as a solid goal, and a great way to celebrate the big “5-OH”. Enough “woulda, shoulda, coulda”, it’s now to to DO IT!

  21. Jennifer says:

    Cool blog, great experience. I am on a similar journey myself with a ways to go yet. Started because I was staring down the barrel of middle age in a body that I had always intended to fix but never got around to it.

    Thanks for sharing your story.

    My first tri will be the Rambling Rose in Chapel Hill. Had to start from scratch, couldn’t swim, still don’t know how to use the gears on my bike and plod along running at a very slow pace. But I’m doing it. Hope to meet others like me out there.

    Again, thanks for sharing.

  22. latrina says:

    I’m happy I found your blog. I’m 28 and 65-80lbs overweight. I’m trying to be consistent with training but it’s hard. I have 6 weeks until my next tri and I just keep remembering how hard that running was.

    :( – I’m trying to be excited. Bike and swim no problem. Running…ugh..

    thank you for telling me I can do this by example.

    (I found you on beginnertriathlete.com

  23. Hey! Thanks for the link! Awesome blogsite you’ve got going here! And it looks like your story might not be all that different than mine!! ;) Your “transformation” is impressive – you look younger, sleaker, and hawter!! Congratulations! And keep it up!

  24. Fem says:

    I’m so excited to have found your blog! I love working out but I could be in better shape. I’m wanting to train for a triathlon because I need some sort of goal to work toward. I’ll use your blog for motivation. Thanks!

  25. ms. cho says:

    i am a couch potato and a former dancer. your blog is very inspiring. love the before and after photos. i am going to try to regain my former strength, health, and athleticism. would love to do a triathlon. all this olympics swimming/biking/running on tv is getting me off my couch and outside.

    keep up the inspiring blog and journey! we’ll be rooting for you from the virtual sideline!

  26. Alexandra Rosas says:

    Oh, your story and before pix make me feel like maybe I can do this. I’m scared..of a heart attack or something. But, I will live through you for awhile till I get my nerve up. I think what you’ve done with your life is awesome. I think your info. to all others who wan to begin some sort of physical activity is motivating for so many reason. A lot of websites begin with someone who has a bit of athletic former life: I have none. SO, maybe, it sounds like, there are a lot like me out there: I hope I can convince myself to start. You are something, really something…

  27. Julie says:

    Hi Carol!

    I just completed my first triathlon and am looking to upgrade my bike (I competed on a mountain bike). I was wondering if you had any advice?
    Thanks for your blog,
    Julie

  28. ironschroedi says:

    Hi Carol, you inspired me with this blog. And I do the same now. With less then 100kg (95kg) a BMI of 31+ and many many trouble with my friends and myself it was enough to be FAT !
    Now I have a goal finishing the IRONMAN Germany 2009, then the IRONMAN CA 2010 nad 2011 the IRONMAN Hawaii in Kona.
    Thank you so much for this Blog.

  29. Greg says:

    Hi,

    What a great site. I am just getting started in this whole tri business and am keeping a fairly poor blog (gregzuda.blogspot.com)

    I will be sure to come back!

    Cheers

    Greg

  30. Hi, I love your site. It was a great pleasure to get to know you. I just wish I could put the time in to get good results for what I want in a Triathlon. I had tons of fun and really enjoyed the people. Thanks for letting me see your blog. I definitely will come back to search for tips and information. I’m so new to all of this. Thanks again, Marie Washington NC sprint tri.

  31. joe wheet says:

    Carol,
    I am very impressed by your accomplishments! I have thought about doing a triathlon for a couple of years, but kept thinking that was beyond my capabilities. No more excuses! I am out the door now to begin training!!

    joe

  32. craig says:

    In a recent post on swimming your contention was that your T time increased rather than decreased; however, I think it’s an arithmetic error; your average time was lower — NOT HIGHER — so, it appears your T time, by definition, had to be lower. Might want to check it out. . . cek.

  33. Chris Cowan says:

    Carol thanks for creating the Calculate Calories Burned calculator. I tested it against some results from my Suunto and it’s pretty close. For example, for me (33 year old man weighing 230lb) the Suunto says that a ride time of 1:46 with an average heart rate of 159 I burned 1932 and your calculator says 1840. Only off by 92 calories, this is the best online calculator I’ve found thus far. GOOD JOB! I just got a new computer that doesn’t calculate calories burn and I’ve been looking for something to fill the gap.

  34. Sara says:

    Just ran across your site tonight. I have just comitted to my first sprint tri in June and now I am thinking what did I do? I am a swimmer so that part seems ok it is just the running that makes me cringe. SO I will be reading up to hopefully get some tips!!

    thanks!

  35. Marco says:

    Hi Carol, what can I say? Very interesting blog and very usefull for all of us in general. I am new to this sport but training hard and learning good tips and experiences like yours helps us a lot. Thank you very much, I will keep reading. Regards from Spain. You never know, may be soon on your side of the world for a triathlon. Take care and thanks again.

  36. Julie in Chi says:

    I just gave birth to twins in Apr 07. Now I am up to my next challenge since I feel like I can do anything after giving birth to 14 lbs of baby! I am still about 20lbs overweight but would like to partcipate in my first tri in Jul 08, my husband thinks I am crazy but I have been working out for several months, cardio, weights and little swimming. I have a good buddy that has done the danskin tri and thinks I can do it. What do you think and where should I start?

  37. B Hetland says:

    Carol – thanks for your blog!! I am a beginner runner and have only been running for about a year. However, I just did my first half-marathon in October and I bought a bike today. I don’t know if I could do the swimming, but your website is an incredible inspiration!! I’m 42, and didn’t discover this side of myself until later as well. Thanks again for your great website!

  38. Gerry says:

    Carol, I just read your blog and was quite enthused about the progress you made. I’m a 69 year old male who used to do marathons 25 years ago. I’m in fairly good condition, but haven’t been doing much in the way of running or biking, and no swimming whatsoever. However, my goal is to do a sprint marathon next summer when I turn 70. I’m going to use your information as a starting point. I’m going to take is slow to hopefully prevent injuries!….any advice would be welcome.

    Thanks!

  39. Carol says:

    Dan,

    Thanks for your comment on my blog.

    How long it takes a person to train for a triathlon depends on weight, age, current health/fitness level and the distance of the desired event. It took me a year to get ready for a sprint distance triathlon. I was 40 lbs
    overweight, over 40, and a couch potato…so I went slowly to avoid injury. A younger / fitter person could train for a sprint distance event in 8 weeks. On the other hand, training for an Ironman distance event would take a year or two for just about anyone.

    You don’t need to be athletic to do a triathlon. That is the coolest thing about this sport. All it takes is persistence to do the training. I have zero athletic ability. The other cool thing is that I meet such friendly and interesting people.

    Happy workouts, Carol

  40. Dan says:

    Hi Carol,

    First off, I have to tell you, your blog is excellent. I love your posts regarding Chi running and and Pose running. Keep up the wonderful posts!

    Question – how long did it take you from deciding you wanted to join a triathlon to actually racing in one?

    I’ve always looked at triathletes with awe and admiration but I was never athletic to begin with so I always just wished I could do it. Well, almost a year ago now I decided, what the heck, I’m going to run a triathlon. I had estimated that it would take me two years before I could run on one. I’m almost done with my first year and really all I’ve done so far is to just get me into shape. Don’t even know if my time frame is too loose or too restrictive really.

    -Dan
    LifeNowadays.com

  41. Kristy says:

    Hi. I just wanted to say I am so glad I found your website! You are such an inspiration to me. I too have this inner desire to do triathlons, but didn’t think I could because I am not lean, fit, and barely able to run a few minutes at a time. I look forward to completing my first tri! Thanks again for having this site!

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