One month from today I will be doing a sprint triathlon in Marlboro MA. One month. On Mother's Day! I will challenge my body in a way I never have, for longer than I ever have in any competition. I will swim 250 yards (in a pool) then immediately bike for 9.3 miles and then run for 3.2 miles. The distances are a bit smaller than a typical 'sprint' triathlon and it's a pool swim -thank god, it's still freezing here! I expect my race will take me about 2 hours to complete- though all the mentors and support boards I've been cyber-stalking suggest to not worry about time for your first one... how can I not? Honestly I'm hoping I go under 2 hours!
It is interesting, Dave and I ran a race a few weeks ago and he asked me what my goal was... do you know, I've been running for like 7 years on and off? And do you know what my goal still is every 5k? My goal is to simply run the whole time. That's it! Every time I run for exercise I go about 3 miles but still my goal in a race is to merely to run the whole time- 'what an under-achiever', I thought to myself. So last race I made a measurable goal. I plucked it out of thin air, but I made one. It was a great benchmark for me and fun to say that I 'reached' my arbitrary goal! I ran my 5k (which is 3.1 miles) in 30:59. That's pretty awesome for me. I think once ever I ran under 30 minutes back in 2007.
Ok, so what's very interesting to me is that I take a while to warm up. I've found that I absolutely hate the first half of a spin class but love the second half- almost to the minute something switches. The first mile of running is the worst! So I'm concluding that an endurance type sport like this might just be one that I do ok. I might warm up enough to not hate the first half of every sport.
A woman who has been competing in triathlons for a few decades has taken me under her wing and answered all of my questions from what do I wear (you wear the same thing through all three sports, you know! nudity is illegal!) or what to do if I have to pee? She has given me an abundance of advice for me to feel confident in doing this first somewhat real race. (since the swim is in a pool it doesn't feel like a 'real' triathlon) and I am sincerely grateful that she has joined me in this race too!
So if there is anyone out there who wants to spend a few hours of Mother's Day cheering me on and will be around Marlboro MA, please let me know. I'll pass along my start time when I learn it!