Random musings and activities of a 30 something mom, potential sprint triathlete, vegetarian, dog and cat owner, and a evolving urban homesteader just trying to do the right thing in life for my daughter and the world around us. If the blog seems random, it's because life is and hits us all at 100mph.
Thursday, February 19, 2009

PostHeaderIcon How to know your Tri-Training May not be going Smoothly (part 1,345)


If I had the writing skills of my brother, the story would be conveyed in the hilariousness that it happened in.......

There's lots of things that can go wrong while training for your first triathlon. If you pause a moment, you can probably come up with a dozen easily, hopefully death not being one of them ;)


The one lesson I've learned is that I will look like I don't know what I'm doing and that's ok! haha (actually it's not really ok but I've learned to accept it.... just like accepting I'm 5'4" no matter how much I want to be 5'7").

While swimming with "Boston" this past weekend (I love how he doesn't give me a choice on swimming when I'm out of town LOL) we went to the local Y. I used one of his swim caps, an gray Ironman race cap (this little tidbit is important to the punchline). My purpose of swimming last weekend was to practice my form and things from the previous class I had taken. I'm not to the endurance part yet!

I was doing laps and pausing after each length to evaluate what felt good, what to work on next, and catch my breath. In the lane next to us was an instructor with a 12 yo kid. I can tell he's watching me on and off and find it odd, but see my note above about looking like I don't know what I'm doing, so I move on.

Towards the end of our trip to the Y, I was pausing at one of end of the pool and Mr Private-Instructor-of-Young-Man said, "you know, with many triathletes, swimming is their weakest event. Why don't you try my stroke class on Thursday evenings? I think it would help a lot."

Ego? going....... going...... gone....

I smile and I thank him and tell him I really should consider it (despite living 1,000 miles away but he doesn't know that).

About half way down on my next lap it dawns on me how this guy knows I'm trying to swim for a triathlon.... Boston's cap! Then I get to the other end and just start dying laughing.

This Instructor is probably wondering how the heck I survived a 2+ mile swim (IronMan distance) when it's obvious a lap is giving me problems. I wonder if he's surprised I don't show up tonight LOL

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Quotes as I come across them......

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, an hour, a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it last forever.” ~~~Lance Armstrong

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." ~~~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I like running because it's a challenge. If you run hard, there's the pain----and you've got to work your way through the pain. You know, lately it seems all you hear is 'Don't overdo it' and 'Don't push yourself.' Well, I think that's a lot of bull. If you push the human body, it will respond." ~~~Bob Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers general manager, NHL Hall of Famer. (Will-Weber's "Voices From the Midpack" chapter.)

The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.~~~Denis Watley

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man's training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly. ~~~Thomas H. Huxley (1825 - 1895)

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