So, September was a big month for Team Peeta. Graham finished the half iron distance. Jyl swam with the fishes (and a dead whale?) in Boston Harbor. And me? Well, I tri'd the swim bike run thing at the Ramblin' Rose women's beginner triathlon. You know, to see what all this triathlon hub bub was all about. I decided back in July that I would do this. You know, when I had a peg leg. Because of course that's when we come up with all our goals and grand plans...when we're injured and can't do anything else but think. So, it was then that it was decided that this 250 meter swim, 9 (ish) mile bike and a 2 mile run would be in my future. And futures become the present in the blink of an eye!
Actually, this was why I started this love/hate relationship with swimming. It took me just about a year, but I graduated from back floats and doggie paddles to actually looking like I know what i'm doing....kinda.
Biking? Well, you never forget, right? So, I thought I'd just take my mountain bike that I hadn't ridden in a year (and never on the road). Should be okay, right? I mean it's got two wheels, handle bars and a seat. A bike is a bike, right?
So, on a dark Sunday morning in September, I woke up well before dawn, put on a borrowed tri suit (thanks Lori!), ate my English muffin and peanut butter with honey, loaded up the
It was a chilly morning. Poor Rebecca, I kept throwing stuff at her to hold and to carry; clothes, phone, water, cap and goggles! I was so fidgety, we both thought it best I get in the pool to do a length or two while it was open for warm-ups, just to calm the nerves a bit. Finally the hour or so of waiting was over. It was time for me to get to the race briefing and then line up for the swim. It was Go-Time!
|Damn I make a swim cap look good.|
|I have no words|
for this picture.
Oh, the bike. I pedaled my little heart out. I don't think I ever STOPPED pedaling. And still I was getting passed. Passed like I was standing still...or going backwards! All that kept going through my head was "do I really suck that bad?" I got decimated! I think I may have passed one person, only to mess up a gear on a coming hill and she got me right back. But there was one
|Props to Maggie for her|
mad photo skills!
|I think these shades make|
me look fast.
Rebecca and Maggie were waiting for me at the finish...
Crew: "How was it?"
Me: "It sucked."
Crew: "Ready to do it again?"
Me: "Let me see how different a road bike is, and maybe then we'll talk."
And then I had the best damn bagel and cream cheese EVER.