I've been doing triathlon for a few years now. Endurance running, biking, swimming. When time allows I'll do strength training as well. I had a baby 6 months ago and am working to get back in shape, having just completed a sprint-distance tri, going for an Olympic distance (1.5/40/10 all K) in early June. If that goes well, I'll shoot for a half-iron in October. I have an iron-distance race in me somewhere (2.4/112/26.2 all miles), but I have to balance my time now that we have the kidlet--the best place to spend my time now!
I've done several sprints, an oly, a half-iron, a marathon, a cycling century, and a bunch other events, metric century, a few half marys. I'm such an addict. I love the way it makes me feel, and I love how much food I get to eat--which I have to watch since I'm a 100+ lb loser and weight tends to creep back if I'm not careful.
But I'm SLOW. Helen is way faster than me.
There is a nice runner's thread, Cool Runners to check out. And once in a while someone will bring up cycling, swimming or triathlon.
Long enough have you dream'd contemptible dreams,
Now I wash the gum from your eyes,
You must habit yourself to the dazzle of the light and of every moment of your life.
-from Song of Myself, Walt Whitman