Well, I’ve done it. I’ve entered my first triathlon. Its the Mini Haha (mini ’cause its short, haha ’cause its fun–their words, not mine) put on by the Broomfield Recreation Center. Its a mini-sprint event, with a 300 yd swim, 11 mile bike ride, and 2 mile run. As its name suggests, its a fun race, and caters to beginners. My stepmother, who is a “real” triathlete sent me the information a few weeks ago–Thanks, Judy! When I saw the distances involved, it seemed manageable, although if you’ve been following this blog, you are aware that running has been challenging for me. See Tri this: P.I.T.A. and Too many variables, same result.
The good news is that with some good supportive care and changes in training and other activities, I’ve been able to run 2 miles now on several occasions. Not fast, probably not pretty, but completed and without injury. So this morning, after my workout, I drove to Broomfield and officially registered. The race is on August 26, four weeks from tomorrow. That’s not quite 11 weeks from when I began this project, a little (okay, a lot) earlier than I originally anticipated. My original plan was for a sprint next spring. And that may well be what happens–this baby “mini” sprint now and then a regular sprint come spring.
Right now, my primary emotion around this is excitement. This short distance, low key event feels manageable to me, and like a good way to start. I’m noticing increasing curiosity about not only about “how will I do” in terms of performance, but also what will the process be like, going from event to event, with lots of other people around. I actually enjoy planning for events and handling logistics. I managed our local YMCA synchronized skating teams for 7 seasons–if I can get 35 kids on the ice in costume and skates at the right time and place, I can probably get myself to this event on time and with the equipment I need to support me.
From there, I will be in a place to let things play out as they do, and I am reminding myself of my goal, which is to show up and do the best that I can do on that day. How that plays out in terms of finishing first, last or somewhere in between is not something I have any control over. Mostly what I can control is my attitude, and my attention to what I’m doing. Let the games begin!