today s., j. and i did our very first mini-triathlon.
but first, a little bit of history.
1- i didn't even know how to spell triathlon correctly before starting training. i typed in triathalon. which i thought was correct and then the little red squiggly line corrected me.
2- i had no idea what distance these events would be or how long this sort of event would take. j and i are used to being outside for around 4 hours or so... apparently, this was supposed to take less than 2!
3- i didn't own a bike or really have any experience swimming. my bathing suits no longer fit me and i really needed goggles if i was going to keep my hard contact lenses in my eyes and not have them swimming off down the length of the pool as well.
so. after acquiring a bike (my beautiful trek from indiana!), taking watercise with j. (no, we did not wear frilly suits and do synchronized swimming... but we did do water weights and rope-climbers and even some "marios!"- requires a motion to explain...), and a visit to landsend.com (yay swim sale!) i was set! this summer has been a great new adventure in training for something that would previously be completely unheard of for me, and it was a great step outside of the running-only comfort zone.
we all had a great time today (yay!) and it was really rewarding! maybe this is the start of a whole new type of event... or series of events... for us! thanks to j., we tried something totally new!
j. and i set off on an across the midwest trek in order to get to the columbus marathon in OH. it was an amazing experience and went very smoothly. we started off on saturday morning in a car jam-packed with gatorade (in all sorts of flavors and colors) and snacks ranging from saltine, cheddar bunnies and pretzels (yum!). we got to our hotel (the most beautiful suite ever) across from the expo, picked up our packets and were able to grab dinner and get back to the room with time to study for our monday morning exams. the next morning we got up (after getting up a million times in the middle of the night) to eat b'fast (and b'fast part two at the continental b'fast)... and then off we went
to the start site to run! it was a great time... with challenges starting around mile 20 and then pretty much the hardest last 6.2 miles ever, it was a wonderful and truly satisfying run.
some of my favorite quotes from the run:
"and we nicknamed him "loyalty" "- interesting man talking about his 22lb. cat at 7 am during mile 2
"you OBVIOUSLY don't spend as much time on the couch as i do." -funny lady at mile 23 to a runner ahead of me
"23 miles and your hair still looks nice!" - same lady talking to me as i passed by
"26.2 reasons to run a marathon" (on a sign) "#3- to get away from my spouse/roommate/mother-in law" "#4: because i CAN"
"we did it!"- j.
"it's common"- the man (who has run every single columbus marathon) watching me hobble up the stairs cracking up.