Sunday, March 02, 2008

it's official

I signed up for my race yesterday when I went to go swimming. The race is designed for complete newbies. It's a teeny-tiny triathlon compared to others I've done before: 250 yards swimming (10 lengths), 8 miles biking, a 3K run (just under 2 miles). I think this is just the right size for a challenge for me: Enough that I will need to train, but not so impossible that I'll feel discouraged. When I signed up for the race, I had to estimate how long it would take me to do the swim. I guesstimated and chose 7 minutes. After I warmed up, I timed 10 lengths during the swim and came in at just over 5 minutes. It looks like I should be able to finish the entire race in under an hour.

One bummer is that after I signed up, I noticed that a group I used to train with is sponsoring the race. I quit this group because when I was in pretty good shape, I still felt fat and underachieving compared to all these hyper-fit Ironmen and women. I'm a little nervous at them seeing how much worse shape I am in now. I guess that's more motivation to train. Most of the people were nice, though there were one or two that really bugged me. Too bad, though. I am doing this race.

If all goes well, I'd like to do a longer race (a sprint triathlon) later in the summer. I will have to see what my work schedule (especially travel) leaves in the realm of possibility. One more reason to wish that I were independently wealthy. I'm looking ahead to a busy summer travel schedule, and definitely feeling that I would rather spend my time getting fit and healthy than touring the airports and Comfort Inns of this fine nation. Those make-your-own waffle breakfasts lose their charm after about the third one.

But there are bills to be paid, so I'm doing what I can. I swam 1000 yards yesterday and did 250 yards of kickboard. Today is a short run. Tomorrow I am going to do a short weight workout and have my first Spinning class in this session.


  1. Congrats for signing up for your first race! That sounds like a really good tri for beginners. I wonder if we have anything like that around here ... hmm ...

    Last time I traveled for work, I picked up food at the grocery store the night I got in so that I could do-it-myself breakfast the next morning. MUCH better than the horrid free buffets, IMHO.

  2. You know it's a funny thing about racing. . . I've been passed by 80 year olds and I've passed body builders. You just never know. Still it doesn't matter because you'll just be competing against yourself anyway! Just go out there and have a great time!!!!

  3. Don't worry about what they think. (I know, easier said than done.) You are taking care of yourself and if they are nice people, they would applaud you doing this. If not, then screw them. I'm really proud of you for getting back into this -- I know you're busy, tired and would rather not do this for a lot of reasons but you're also doing it for a lot of good reasons too.

    Keep up the good work.


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