Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Crazy, Stupid, or Both?
On the day of his triathlon, I was his road support, his cheerleader, and his nutritional adviser. I was thrilled to be there to support him. But as soon as he crossed that finish line (ten minutes before his goal time too), I was jealous.
I might be crazy, or maybe just a little bit stupid. But I think I may train for the Fall Creek Falls Triathlon this summer. It's an Olympic length tri, which means swimming 1,500 meters (just shy of a mile), biking 24.9 miles, and running 6.2 miles. Gulp.
I can run. I've completed five half marathons now. I can knock out 6.2 miles.
I can bike. I teach at least three spin classes each week and during spring break the Husband and I completed a 35 mile ride through beach towns.
I can swim. Kind of. If you dropped me in the middle of a lake, I could survive and swim to shore. It wouldn't be pretty, but I'd get there. I can do the crawl, but I can only breathe on one side. While swimming laps, I often hit the lane dividers, and there's no way I can even attempt the flipturn. I hate sharing a lane with someone because their splashing makes me choke. I think I could survive a mile swim in a zigzaggy line.
But all three in one morning??? That's what training is for.
I'm already a little behind. I only have twelve weeks starting, well, yesterday. Part of me thinks that since I'm fairly fit already, all I have to do is ramp up the endurance to complete a 3 plus hour event. The rest of me has no idea if I'm even capable of such a feat.
So, training started yesterday with a 5 mile run. It continued today by teaching a spin class and buying my first ever swim suit NOT designed to wear sunbathing by the pool. Training will continue tomorrow with my first swim since last summer.
Am I crazy, stupid, or both?