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.