|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!