I did it. I took the plunge.
I signed up for my first sprint triathlon! I've been training for a few months now, I just haven't said anything about it here yet. My race will be September 15 so I still have some time to train, which is good because I'm going to need every minute! The photo of me above was last week at the local reservoir (which is actually the race site) when I had just completed my first half-mile open water swim. You should have seen the funny look Porter gave me when he saw me in that get-up. :)
A sprint triathlon is the shortest distance. My particular race has a 750-meter swim, a 14-mile bike ride, and a 3.2 mile run. Which for me might as well be about a zillion miles. You have to know that I am NOT athletic at all. AT ALL. In elementary school, I used to sit at recess and read a book (usually the latest installment in the Baby-Sitters' Club series) rather than run around playing soccer or whatever. I never liked sports, can't hit a ball, hate running. This whole swim/bike/run thing is so far out of my comfort zone, it might as well be in outer space. Every single time I get in the pool, on the bike or the treadmill I think, "I am out of my mind. There is just no way I am going to be able to do all three of these things in a row because just doing one at a time wipes me out completely."
But. I AM GOING TO DO IT. My new motto for myself is "I can do hard things." I want to show my kids that they can work hard and do things that don't come easily to them. I want to show Maren that even Mommies can be physically strong. I want to prove to myself that I can set a goal and finish it.
I can do HARD things!