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.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009

PostHeaderIcon I Answered My Own Question on Sunday (also titled I Didn't Drown Due to My Cramp)

I jokingly asked on June 19th while mentally preparing for my tri the following:
As my first triathlon is approaching, I have so many questions.... ranging from, how do I let the kayak life guards know I'm drowning to what socks to wear to how to setup my transition station to what to do with my hair. Seems frivolous to some, but to me, it's a worry and not for aesthetic reasons either.
From my experience last Sunday (write-up coming I promise you my friends and family) I now have an answer to the question in bold. Yell, "CRAMP!".

It works.

For real.

Just in case you're wondering.

I also learned you can roll over, float on your back, and curse loudly (personally, I think KLM Marketing should give me an award for my creative string of multiple cuss words used in a single breath) until the calf cramp subsides and they will float patiently next to you.

All valuable lessons.

[side note: I may have been the last one out of the water, I came out of the water on my own to finish my first sprint tri.]


JustJen said...

btw, I am laughing as I write this. Maybe others fail to see the humor, but it all ended well.... so I am pleased :)

Dave said...

Awesome job! Surviving is the name of the game - especially surviving faster than others! There's nothing wrong w/ being the last out of the water (a technique I've employed a few times myself) - especially as it then gives you people to pass on the bike and during the run!

JustJen said...

Thanks Dave, I may have been last out of the water, but I didn't finish last!!!!

Mauricio Sanchez said...

Nice job! Last one out of the water is okay! Remember: "DNF is NOT an option", right?

JustJen said...

Thanks Mauicio!

Yep, DNF wasn't an option.

and as I said, I wasn't last overall!

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“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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