Archive for April, 2010

I’m Gonna Tri

April 14, 2010

Wow, sometimes my titles just really crack me up. Tri…as in triathlon. Ha! The “Ha” is more to the idea of me training for and finishing a triathlon than it is for my witty title (though I am quite proud of my cleverness). I have wanted to do a triathlon for as long as I can remember. I’m a decent swimmer and I can ride a bike, but I suck at running. I can’t stress this last part enough. My endurance has always been bad when it comes to jogging. I played soccer and lacrosse with no issues, but running a mile or so made me feel like an 80-year-old asthmatic with a peg leg and iron lungs. That said, the real reason I’ve never done a triathlon is because I didn’t have anyone to do it with and I was a scaredy cat. This all changed in December when I met some really cool ladies through my work with Rodan + Fields. I love them…A LOT! They are training for a marathon and they do triathlons. They are super heroes, or just plain crazy. They inspired me so I’m signing up for one in June. That doesn’t give me much time to train. Also, I’m carrying an extra 30-40 pounds and have had several surgeries in the last four years (three on my back and one on my knee). But, I’m going to try because I need to do this for me and for my health. I have the option of doing a Sprint (1/2 mile swim, 10.7 mile bike, 3 mile run) or a Half-Sprint (1/4 mile swim, 10.7 mile bike, 1.5 mile run). Seeing it in writing is making me feel a little nauseous. Anyway, I was talking to one of my runner friends yesterday and she said I can definitely do the Sprint if the run was all I was concerned about. She said that the first mile of any race is always torture, even for seasoned pros. She said if I can do 1.5 miles I can certainly do 3… and I believed her. Hooray for me! However, all of this changed a few hours later when I went to swim laps at the pool. It was hard! I got out of the pool and was so tired that I seriously struggled to put my bra on. Really. My arms were too exhausted to be dealing with the clasp behind the back. I wanted to cry out for help but thought that it might seem strange. I’m back to contemplating the Half-Sprint because while the run will be hard no matter what, I sort of forgot all the stuff that happens before the run. As you can see, I’ve got my work cut out for me! Stay tuned…