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Monday, March 1, 2010

Buzz word

Attention fellow bloggers: Want to create a buzz on your blog? Just mention the word "triathalon!"

18 of you wonderful readers commented on my Crazy Talkin' entry in which I contemplated aloud the possibility of celebrating my 40th birthday in August by competing in an all-women triathalon.

The majority of you were all for it, saying "You go girl" or other similar sentiments. A couple of you were helpful as well as supportive; my friend Ellen offered to do the triathalon with me and my neighbor Cathy offered the use of her pool for the swimming portion of the training.

My friend (and fellow Better U challenger) Ruth suggested I talk to my trainer, which was good advice. Krista recommended that I read The Slow Fat Triathlete, a suggestion which had me chuckling.

At this point, I'd say I'm 95% sure I do want to do the Go Girl triathalon.

The other 5% of me is still fixed on what my mom and my sister Shelley had to say. (We can always count on family to keep us real.)

My mom's reaction when I told her on the phone that I was considering a triathalon to celebrate my 40th birthday was: "In August?! Do you know how hot and humid that could be?" Hmmm...didn't think about that.

Shelley sent this in an e-mail: "Ummm...I'm sorry, but I think you have the wrong email address. I don't know WHO the heck this is sending me this crazy email!! :) I think you should definitely do a 5K. You could do that! What about the mini marathon we did a few years back? Remember? You got picked up on the racetrack by the ambulance???"

Ok, I had to laugh at that. I think the heatstroke must have wiped that incident from my memory.

So I've got some thinking to do. And some working out if I my thinking leads me where I think it will.


kimybeee said...

you can do anything you set your mind too - I BELIEVE IN YOU!!

Krista said...

I was planning on doing one for my 30th last year, but got pregnant instead and gained 30 lbs. Doing it for your 40th is a great idea! Don't let the naysayers hold you back...water is cool and not humid in August and on the bike you'll get a breeze :)

ruth holladay said...

Abby at Lifetime taught a triathalon course, altho she has never done one. She asked if you have a bike...that's another consideration. But it looks like this event has levels of endurance etc. which I suppose most of them do; I know in Chicago there was a whole group of slightly larger challengers, and they were awesome.
Another thing I worry about -- getting injured. Sometimes the more extreme events lead to injuries. One child who ran the Chicago Marathon could hardly walk for three days or so, and she is tiny and fit...I was amazed how much it took out of have to weigh the potential for risks, plus consider other ways to challenge yourself (like Vickie Barbee -- she got a dog and walked it!)
But if you go for it, I will be there cheering you on! And if not this August, then soon...come to think of it, the Chi event was in hot summer, too.

Eternal Lizdom said...

Another idea is to start the swim training and see how that goes, how that feels. Since the tri isn't until Aug, you don't need to sign up for it now. Train for a month on the swimming and then see what you think.

Doesn't it feel totally weird and also amazing to WANT to do this stuff? I never thought I'd be one of "those people" and now I totally want to be one!