Friday, May 30, 2014

I'm running a triathlon tomorrow

If you've been around for a while, then you'll know that I've signed up to run a sprint triathlon. I also signed up to participate in one last fall, but I broke my arm shortly before the race and was unable to participate.


You guys. I'm so nervous. 

I've been practicing these rules and training since January/February, but I still feel like I should be better prepared. I've been swimming in a pool but we are JUMPING OFF A BOAT into the river. Not that I'm not acclimated to river life, but usually we're on a lot smaller boat with a fishing pole and book (an an occasional adult beverage) in hand. Not jumping off the back of one to swim 400 meters to shore. 

Not only is this the first race (of any kind) that I've participated in since I was 16 or so, but this is the most challenging thing I've ever done. My best 5k time was under 29 minutes, when I was 13 years old. That was eleven years ago!

Now, at 24, I feel unsure of myself. I feel slow on my feet. I feel unsure of my biking skills, and I'm really praying my goggles don't come off my face when I dive in the water.

All of these things are kind of making me not want to get up in the morning.

But I will. I'll be up at the ass crack of dawn to put myself through the biggest physical test I've ever put my body through. And you know what, I may crawl across the finish line, but I will finish. I know none of you will be there, physically, to cheer me on. But if there's one thing I could ask of you, it would be for words of encouragement and prayers for strength of body and strength of mind (especially strength of mind) because I know this is going to be HARD. 

I'll be back next week to let you know if I lived through it or not. Also I'll be one of those assholes with a sticker on the back of my car, informing everyone that I've done a triathlon. 

41 comments:

Caitlin said...

BEST of luck tomorrow!!! You can do it!! Sending positive thoughts your way :)

kelsnsher said...

You're gonna do awesome! I personally couldn't ever do one so you're already winning right there! lol

Micaela Vaughan said...

I know that you can do this as much as I know you will get up at the crack ass of dawn. You have such strength, willpower and all together hard-headedness that if you put you mind to anything, you WILL DO IT!!! I believe in you and I can't wait to hear how much fun you thought it was after you have recovered that is!!! I LOVE YOU, Aunt KK.

Destiny said...

YOU CAN DO IT!! And you will be awesome at it! I'll be sending you all my positive thoughts and cheering you on from afar!

Girl Brooks said...

Sending positive vibes to you- you're going to rock it!

Emily Woodard said...

Good luck and good for you for taking the plunge (quite literally) and signing up for the triathlon! You'll deserve that car sticker:)

Nina W said...

Good luck! That sounds so fun and you will feel so accomplished by the end of it.

Kaysie said...

This sounds intensely intense, but imagine what kind of powerbeast you'll feel like after you finish? And, you WILL finish :)

Jen said...

Good luck, you've got this!

The Rachael Way said...

You're going to do amazing!! So proud of you!

Rachel said...

Congrats on all of your training (that's often the hardest part, right?) and best of luck tomorrow. You're going to kill it!
- Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

brooke lyn said...

trust in your training and you will rock it!!! good luck

Kayla MKOY said...

Holy crap!!!! Go you girl!!!! Omg you're going to do amazing, I just know it.

Food, Booze, & Baggage said...

WOW a triathlon that is impressive!! Best of luck to you :)

Brittany said...

woo hoo!! I know you can do it! I can't wait to hear how it goes. You are going to rick at it :)

Kellee the Caffeinated said...

Good luck and I am sure you will do great!!!

Ashten @ alwaysashten said...

Well shit I'm just beaming with pride.

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