One would think registering for their first triathlon would be really exciting, right? I realized that I’ve only been mildly excited about it. Maybe because it’s not until June? Or because in some weird way I don’t think it’s going to be that hard? Or because I’m waiting to see how things pan out with my knee recovery? Either way, this week I started reading through people’s triathlon recaps in their blogs to get into the spirit of the triathlon.
I think reading recaps is working, because I had my first triathlon dream the other night. I dreamt that I forgot to buy a swim cap, which is required during the swim. In the dream the race officials let me do the run first so I could run to Wal-Mart and pick up a swim cap, bike back to the lake from Wal-Mart, and then do the swim. But Wal-Mart didn’t have any swim caps. So I took a plastic bag. And then I woke up. Good thing the race packet comes with a swim cap!
Saturday morning, to continue my triathlon training spirit, I decided to have a solo faux triathlon of my own at the gym.
2500 yard swim, 1 hour.
12 miles on a bike, 37 minutes
30 minutes on the Arc Trainer
each with a less than 10 minute transition
And then I was pretty sore for the rest of the day! It was a good idea to try this because now I know that this is going to be a challenge! I was really underestimating the bike portion, but I can tell that’s probably going to be my weakest event. There’s going to be more spinning in my near future.
After the faux triathlon, I went out to lunch with a good friend from high school. He’s a cool kid who is also into running and being healthy. After lunch I talked him into driving me to Middleton so I can reserve a wetsuit from a local athletic store to rent for the real triathlon in June.
I told the salesperson at the athletic store that I don’t know what size I am, but based off of most sizing charts I found on the web I’m probably a large. I told him my height and weight; he looked at this chart and said that I’m right smack dab in between a medium and a large. If I get a medium I’ll feel like I’m suffocating and if I get a large the water will fill into it and pull me down. Yay drowning!
He then asked me if I might lose weight before then. Um…No. Not likely. And what kind of question is that? I’m a darn healthy weight for my height. I left the store thinking, “I have to either gain or lose weight before the triathlon”, and I’m pretty sure neither is going to happen.
I think, now, with the newfound stress of prepping for the triathlon, and butt-kicking brick workouts the triathlon excitement has officially begun! WeeEeeEeee!!!