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A cross between "Squee!" and "What was I thinking?" [May. 29th, 2013|02:34 pm]
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Well, I have done it. I've nailed my colors to the mast, so to speak.

I have actually registered for my first triathlon.

I'm registered for the Maumee Bay triathlon in Oregon, Ohio on June 16. I am signed up for the sprint distance: Swim 750 Meters, Bike 20 Kilometers, and Run 5

Nevertheless, the statistics on this event are pretty clear:

1. It's barely 2 weeks away;

2. I will have to be there by 7am. Oregon is about 2 hours away, so I will have to be up around 4:30 in the morning to make final preparations and head out; and

3. I am in no way "trained" for this event.

I haven't been in the water since February. At that time I swam the distance in laps pretty easily. But this will be an open water swim, and I haven't done one of those at all. I will have a wetsuit, at least--open water without one could be downright dangerous. But I have had no practice in getting into or back out of a wetsuit, and I won't be getting the wetsuit for another week.

Each one of the events is a distance I have no worry about. It's the combination of them that's going to be the challenge.

And I am doing this alone. Erin will be out of town. In some ways, I'm sort of glad--no matter how cumbersomely slow and awkward I am, no one will be watching me. On the other hand, when I finally stagger across the finish line there won't be anyone there to provide any sincere pity claps.

Still, once it's done I will have bragging rights!
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2013-05-29 06:41 pm (UTC)

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I wish you success. You have to start somewhere, this seems like the right place.

[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-05-29 07:31 pm (UTC)

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Thank you!
[User Picture]From: reikirockerchic
2013-05-29 06:45 pm (UTC)

This is a seriously SQUEEEEEE of Epic Proportions

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You go girl!
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-05-29 07:31 pm (UTC)

Re: This is a seriously SQUEEEEEE of Epic Proportions

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Thanks!!!
[User Picture]From: ba1126
2013-05-29 07:21 pm (UTC)

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You are so brave! Props to you!! Good luck!!
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-05-29 07:32 pm (UTC)

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I am nervous and excited.
[User Picture]From: alexmegami
2013-05-29 07:26 pm (UTC)

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Nice! You're gonna do great. :)
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-05-29 07:33 pm (UTC)

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Thank you!
[User Picture]From: angledge
2013-05-29 07:31 pm (UTC)

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Awesome!!! You will definitely want to give the wetsuit a couple of tries before Race Day - for me, it changed my stroke a little due to the restriction on arm motion. Good luck!
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-05-29 07:34 pm (UTC)

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I will try to get out and take it for a swim. I don't know if I should take it into the swimming pool.
[User Picture]From: teaa
2013-05-29 08:46 pm (UTC)

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Are you renting one or buying one? Some rental places have rules about not taking them in the pool.

You will do great! Have you read a ridiculous amount of stuff about what you need at the transition station, and when to carbo load and all that? I highly recommend Glide for neck and armpits so you don't chafe in your wetsuit.

I can't wait to hear all about it!
[User Picture]From: angledge
2013-05-29 09:53 pm (UTC)

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Seconding the absolute need for Glide. I did an open water swim a few years ago without it & hailed out of the water looking like I'd been garotted. My throat was abraded from ear to ear.
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-05-29 11:16 pm (UTC)

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Yikes! I will definitely be using it!!!
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-05-29 11:15 pm (UTC)

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Renting from a place where I have an option to buy. And yes, I have gotten Glide. And I'm reading up.
[User Picture]From: l8ntmthrnr
2013-05-29 08:24 pm (UTC)

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you should be able to take it in to the pool, just make sure to thoroughly rinse it with fresh water afterwards. I used to take my SCUBA wetsuit in the pool all the time.

[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-05-29 11:14 pm (UTC)

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Thanks. I will try it to get a feel for it by taking it for a swim.
From: anonymousalex
2013-05-30 01:34 am (UTC)

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I, for one, am clapping already.

-Alex
[User Picture]From: phillipalden
2013-05-30 02:08 am (UTC)

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Good Luck!
[User Picture]From: naath
2013-05-30 08:44 am (UTC)

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Oh yuck, mornings. But also SQUEE TRIATHLON. I've not been brave enough to enter one.
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-05-30 04:47 pm (UTC)

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I will definitely be reporting on the experience!
[User Picture]From: dawnwolf
2013-05-30 01:42 pm (UTC)

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Huzzahs! and Congratulations! You are a brave and strong woman -- now go forth and conquer that motherfucker!
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-05-30 04:50 pm (UTC)

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Thanks! I'm pretty excited.