Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Young, Wild and Free

So as you may have read, but probably not, because do people actually read this(??), that I am an active participant in my Kansas City Corporate Challenge.  Being a newbie to KCCC, I signed up for way too many events.  More than my little heart could handle. 

I do most of my thinking while I brush my teeth, which explains why I do a lot of things without thinking

One event that I signed up for was the TRIATHLON.  Which, admittedly was an accident.  I was trying to sign up for the team Tri, and do the running leg-but I unintentionally slated myself for the individual event.  Sure, I could bail-but that ain't my style.  So I decided, heck might as well train.  It's just unfortunate, that I only realized my mistake about two weeks ago and the triathlon is June 12th.  Not a lot of time, but I can work with it.

Here are my hurdles:
1. I don't REALLY know how to ride a bike.  The last time I really rode was for a bike ride for my Mom's birthday, and I ended up walking the bicycle 6 miles.  The time before that, I was on training wheels and I managed to fall off of that.  When I went inside to get a band aid, some jerkface stole it-and I never got a new one.  When lived in Honduras, we rode bikes all the time-but I rocked the handlebars and pegs. 

2.  The last time I REALLY swam was when I was like 13, and took swim lessons.  It's not that I am a bad swimmer, I just never took to the lap lane because not being able to breathe freely kinda makes me panic.

3. The tri is open water, and I will only have access to a pool until the week before the race, since the lake doesn't open until Memorial Day.

4. My classes will be back in full swing two weeks before the race, which knowing me is going to crunch my training.

5. My Swim suit is from the 80s and is cheesy.(see below)

Now, am I crazy?  or am I crazy?

I swam last night for the first time in a long time.  I finished a whole mile.  Holy balls kids, that was rough-but I lived through it.  Which I am pleased to report, that if I wasn't able to swim last night I was going to consider pulling out of the whole bag.  Since it went well, I am in.  I am doing this.  I can learn to ride a bike.   

I had a poopie day yesterday, so I bought myself a little treat: ipod shuffle.  I am so sick of trying to figure out what to do with my other ipod, I wanted something I could just clip and go!



erin e. said...

I have a done a couple of triathlons and one thing I wish I had practiced more was the transitions. It takes a minute for your legs to get used to biking after swimming and it definitely takes a little bit to get used to go from biking to running. I would recommend that you practice riding your back and then immediately go for a run.

I want to get an iPod Shuffle! I an old ipod and it always seems huge and awkward to use while working out.

Julia said...

Thanks Erin, I have been bricking at the gym for now with the stationary bike!

runwithneedles said...

I have an ipod shuffle for working out and it was the best $50 I ever spent. Seriously.

Becky said...

iPod shuffle. Definitely. I used my ancient one until it died on me and then I got a blue clip on one. Best thing ever. I like not having a big phone attached to my arm when running.

When I'm upset - I talk to a friend or Andrew... or my mom. She's good at cheering me up. Most times when I'm upset I just need some encouragement from loved ones. :)

Megan said...

I love my shuffle.

I think it's crazy that you are doing a tri next month because I, too, signed up for one, like an idiot. I hate swimming...turns out that shit is hard! I struggle to complete the 400 yards...and that's just in the pool. We are also swimming in a lake. I fear it's going to be balls-freezing and then I'll have to hop on a bike and run until I get to collapse at the end. Pretty sure this will be my first and last triathalon.

I know you'll rock it, though. And I know I'll survive it.

Steph said...

I'm signed up for my first tri in July! I'm pretty excited, but also kind of nervous. I've been practicing swimming, but I'm pretty slow compared to other times I've seen from people online. However...since I'm ALSO a slow runner, I guess that shouldn't have surprised me.

Anyway, good luck on yours!