|A cross between "Squee!" and "What was I thinking?"
||[May. 29th, 2013|02:34 pm]
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!
I wish you success. You have to start somewhere, this seems like the right place.
2013-05-29 06:45 pm (UTC)
This is a seriously SQUEEEEEE of Epic Proportions
You go girl!
2013-05-29 07:31 pm (UTC)
Re: This is a seriously SQUEEEEEE of Epic Proportions
You are so brave! Props to you!! Good luck!!
I am nervous and excited.
Nice! You're gonna do great. :)
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!
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.
2013-05-29 08:46 pm (UTC)
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!
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.
Yikes! I will definitely be using it!!!
Renting from a place where I have an option to buy. And yes, I have gotten Glide. And I'm reading up.
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.
Thanks. I will try it to get a feel for it by taking it for a swim.
I, for one, am clapping already.
Oh yuck, mornings. But also SQUEE TRIATHLON. I've not been brave enough to enter one.
I will definitely be reporting on the experience!
Huzzahs! and Congratulations! You are a brave and strong woman -- now go forth and conquer that motherfucker!
Thanks! I'm pretty excited.