Yah, those were the words I stated walking out of my first SPRINT TRIATHLON 3-years ago and I was referring to the Olympic distance. As I was walking back to the car having enjoyed my first sprint tri, many of the Olympic participants were still running! I remember thinking, I'm so glad I'm not doing that.
FAST FORWARD to present day and I'm 2-days out from my FIRST Olympic Tri. Never say never. I did the same thing after finishing my first half marathon by saying, "I will never do a full Marathon" but a year later I crossed the finish line to my first full, HA! Clearly my words mean nothing at times?
The work is hard, the pain can be great...but there is nothing better than the finish line to a hard race. Medals, finish lines, they don't come easy, they take work and determination.
Sunday I will swim .90 miles, bike 25 and run 6.2! I'm nervous, excited, and looking forward to what I can do. The bike and run are FLAT, which seems nice...but with hills...you have UP and DOWN...not so much with FLAT. I will let you know afterwards how I really feel.
For all my races I have always been trained and ready! Not so much this time...Maybe knowing that I KNOW I can do this, though it will be hard since I'm not as prepared as I feel I should be? I'm honestly looking forward to seeing what I can do, experience the distance, see if I would like to do a further distance and just get a feel for it.
The bike and run course
When I signed up for this race I swore I would do BRICK training...again, my words clearly mean nothing because I lacked in this. Of course this week while I should be tapering I did 2 brick workouts...GO ME! This training has lacked. I really underestimated how hard it would be to find the time to train. I'm not someone who wakes up early to train and envy all of you who do! I would rather sleep, I wish this wasn't the case.
My swim course
I did swim, I did bike and I ran...but nothing like I had planned, envisioned or hoped to do. This has helped me to realize a half ironman and a full ironman will have to wait until both boys are in school full time. I'm glad I learned that while training for an Olympic and not a Half! I can get through the Olympic...but a Half would have been painful. That's my realistic, rational side...we will see if I listen to it?
My goal is to finish FIRST overall, run a record braking 10k, become a PRO and win cash money and get sponsored so I can do TRI's for free around 3-hours! Here are my specific (approx) goals:
.90 mile ~ 28 minutes
25 miles ~ 1-1/2 hours
6.2 miles ~ 1-hour
Feel free to Go to www.rev3tri.com and click the “Live” link.
You can catch my splits and results in real time!
I'm just excited to do this! I love showing my my kids that when I'm training, I'm doing something, I'm setting goals and going after things I love! One of the reasons I love REV3 is because they are family friendly. Saturday they host the "Little Rev Adventure Race" that we do as a family and there will be awards and medals for the kids and they get to run through same finishers chute that I run through Sunday. The kids can also join me as I cross the finish line for my tri. I know my boys are going to love it.
It will also be great to be doing this with Harmony! Thinking about everything her and her family have had to deal with in the last year...running with that in mind should put a lot of things into perspective. THANKS, Harmony for going out of your comfort zone and doing this! I needed a push and you did that...and now look at us!