It’s true what they say: time seems to pass more quickly as we get older. August was a whirlwind of workouts, a return to full-time work and vacation.
It passed so quickly that I didn’t prepare properly for the Lake George Olympic Triathlon, which is ***EEEK!*** tomorrow morning. A .9 mile swim, 24.8 mile bike ride and 6.2 mile run.
The good friend who talked me into this back on New Year’s Eve, GDB, thought I could finish pretty easily without much training — I am a marathoner, after all. ?Well, that logic stuck with me and except for a few open water swims with our local tri-club, I haven’t done much in the way of training.
My nerves have me literally shaking.
When I took my bike in for a tune-up a few weeks ago, I was told it was not safe to ride due to damage sustained from an accident at the Sprint Triathlon I did five years ago (turns out you can’t go full speed over a speed bump and expect to land upright). So, a new tri-bike purchase was necessary:
I’ve been on the bike twice. ?The first was a disastrous experience after one of the swim sessions. I couldn’t figure out shifting on the hills, and got stuck when my gear popped out at the base of a hill (causing Hubby his first clip fall when he couldn’t unclip in time). ?I was so stressed by this experience that I nearly backed out of doing the race. But GDB took time to show me all the basics – from inflating tires to shifting to RPMs – and after a 12 mile ride with him I decided to go for it. ?No time to learn clips; I’ll get those after I get through this race.
So here I am, prepared for the one mile swim and the 10K. ?Scared to death of the bike ride. My longest ride in the past 5 years has been 12 miles. I’m still not comfortable on the bike to get decent speed, have no idea how to change a tire, and worry that the smallest divot in the road will send me flying.
Yet, I have nothing to lose by trying. Sure, my pride might suffer a bit if I finish last, but so what? ?This is my benchmark. This is what I will set future triathlons on (yes, I do plan to do more — I have my eyes set on Lake Placid 70.3 in 2017 and plan to register on Sunday). No matter what, finishing will give me a shiny new PR.
I’m not happy about going into this race untrained, unprepared and nervous as all get out. But, aren’t these the experiences that make us stronger in the end? ?I’m about to find out 🙂
Have you gone outside your comfort zone and done something you weren’t prepared for?