Thursday, September 18, 2008
Ready or not
Trying on my new wetsuit.
As many of you know I am doing the the Redman triathlon here in Oklahoma City this coming weekend and I am so excited and scared at the same time. I thought I was done competing a long time ago when I retired from swimming and I can't believe that I am doing this again though I am somehow enjoying it. In Oklahoma they have something called the Aqua/bike which includes swimming and biking and that is the event that I am doing. I am a terrible runner though my goal for next year is to be able to do decently in a 5k or 10k but with a bad knee and a bad ankle I don't know how much I'll be able to do. Friday I am meeting with friends that I haven't seen in a long time to drop our bikes off at the lake where the competition is going to be and then we are attending a meeting there. I am also excited to see my friend Alicia who is coming to do another triathlon here in town and she will be staying with us so that will help me pass the time and have some fun. It should be a fun weekend with the exception of the 56 mile bike ride!! By the way I am swimming 2000 meters and biking 56 miles! As most of you already know I have been swimming since I was 5 years old but I haven't done any biking until March or April of this year!!! This week my friend Marlene told me what I needed to do to train and this is how she put it..
Tuesday: An easy 20 to 25 miles ride.
Are you kidding me?? There are not easy rides for me at all!! When I am on the bike I am always working hard! For those of you that aren't swimmers but are good bikers how would you feel if I tell you an easy 4000 meters???? I am sure it wouldn't be easy for you either! Anyways I was just making fun of myself for not being a good biker:) I hope I get there one day.
Speaking of my friend Marlene I do want to say thanks to her and her husband Mike. They have been amazing to me. They have been such a great influence and example to me. Marlene pushed me to do this and both of them have helped me all the way through. They have now moved to California but I am so glad to be able to keep in touch with them and for all their support and I don't think I could have done it without their help!! ( even when we talked on the phone and she made fun of me for not knowing how to...I better not say it)
Anyways I'll post more over the weekend to let you know about the race. Wish me luck!