Friday, May 30, 2014

179 days later...

About 6 months ago I wrote this post in which I proclaimed to the world that I would do a 70.3 distance triathlon.

1.2 Miles Swimming
56 Miles Biking
13.1 Miles Running

I have learned many things along the way:


  • You need to do the work
  • Getting up at 4:45 am every day sucks
  • Peanut Butter Gu is actually good
  • These Richmond Triathletes be CRAZY
  • These Richmond Triathletes be awesome
  • Butt Crack chaffing is a real thing
  • Healing Butt Crack chaffing is even worse
  • Triathlon ain't cheap
  • New shoes are mandatory
  • Learning to unclip from the bike pedals is a very important skill
  • Learning to just relax and fall limp when you are unable to unclip from the bike pedals will minimize the bruising
  • Run/Walk intervals made me faster by 45 seconds per mile
  • The best part of the group runs is seeing everyone in the parking lot before hand
  • The 2nd best part of a group run is seeing everyone at 5th St. Bagels afterwards
  • Running in the snow builds character
  • Only crazy people jump into a lake in May 
  • More people have confidence in my ability to finish than I do
  • Training for a triathlon and cleaning your house are mutually exclusive endeavors
  • My husband is the best husband in the world for putting up with this
  • I will never do 140.6 unless I get someone to sponsor me
  • My husband says I will only do 140.6 if I'm single ;)
  • Finding people to train with makes it more fun
  • Training by yourself takes resolve
  • I can't keep track of pool laps beyond 8 without SERIOUS effort
  • I am stronger than I think
  • Lock Laces are awesome
  • Kale can be deadly
  • Triathlon is addictive 
  • My head sweats a lot more than I thought possible
  • Hoo-Ha Cream.  It's a real thing.  And worth it
  • Asians with cameras are fun training partners
  • Accountants with hot tubs are fun training partners
  • Recently transplanted Texans with NO sense of direction are fun training partners...if they can find you
  • Gift boxes of encouragement=Love
  • Never say never
  • The best way to get around your vow to never do another half-marathon is to throw a swim and bike in front of it and call it a triathlon
  • Training for a big race and helping to organize the race can make your brain melt
  • I really like to sleep
  • The whole "Proper Hydration" line is funded by The Toilet Paper Manufacturers Association of America
  • You don't change a "tube" you change a "tire".  Say it wrong and you're a dork
  • It's not a seat it's a saddle
  • It doesn't matter how many times you tell someone, they will never remember the distances of your race or how to spell triathlon
  • Call it what you want but saddles are inhuman and not compatible to one's nether-regions
  • I write lots of blog posts in my head and they never make it to the interwebs
  • Clementines are a great source of energy on the bike. They're small, they will fit in your bento bag...and THEY ARE NO LONGER IN SEASON!!!  grrr
  • Water bottles disappear all the time...the world is an imperfect place
  • I like to procrastinate getting dressed by coming up with witty and insightful things that I learned whilst training for a triathlon
  • I like to use the word whilst
So this time tomorrow I should be out of the water and on the bike.   I'll probably be at it for 7 hours and 40 minutes.  I may quite possibly be last.  But I will remember:

DFL > DNF
DNF > DNS

22 hours!

Mom:

It means Dad F'ing last is better than Did Not Finish; Did Not Finish is better than Did Not Start.

2 comments:

  1. It is all about the journey. The things that you learn about yourself and your resolve along the way can never be forgotten. The Richmond Tri community is like no other and whether you finish in 4 hours or 8 hours you are still a FINISHER. My advice.....take that last mile of the run to forget about how bad it hurts, and it will hurt, but to be proud of yourself for getting to that point. It is a life changing experience. A warning though.....you will want to sign up for another 70.3 by the time you get home and a 140.6 by next week.

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  2. I love you and your sense of humor. I am so proud of you for doing this. You are right, finishing slow beats not starting..I share your heart and the fact that we have womanly butts. Stop calling yourself fat. AJ

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