Here is how it all started. If I don't have a goal, I don't train as hard. Proven fact that I need something to work toward to keep the motivation going. Last year I had a friend do a tri sprint as cross training. I looked more into it and said, sounds intriguing and fun, so back in Oct/Nov/Dec time frame I made the decision that a tri would be my one new goal for the year as a challenge to myself to keep motivated and I picked May 5th to get it done. Long story plans changed and I really did not want to fork over the $85 entry fee or purchase the lovely and VERY pricey tri-suit, so I got to thinking outside the box and how could all my friends participate with me in some capacity or another and keep the price free essentially and not have to get that darn pricey tri-suit! It is a very scary thing when I get to thinking and mulling over ideas as my little tri event becomes a big production for all to partake in :-)
So through walking I tell SHEBEAST of my goal and she immediately says that what ever I do she will be there to cheer me on. LIVESTRONG2010 is my partner in pain when it comes to exercise, so I knew she was a given and up for the challenge to at least do 2/3 of the tri with me, so my master plan was at work. I decided to design my own tri course on public roads and parks so everyone who wanted to come out and cheer me on and get some exercise while they were at it.
I plotted out my course, told LIVESTRONG 2010 what my evil plan was and the ball got rolling from there. SHEBESST called all the morning marathon training walkers and moved the morning walk to my tri route, LIVESTRONG 2010 counted my laps as I swam (yes, I can't swim and count as many laps as I had to swim...too much for that early in the am), then we would ride to a friends house on the greenway, she would take the bikes and I called another friend that I trained with 2 years ago for the half marathon to come out and run the run with me. Needless to say the planning, coordinating and preparations all fell into place.
So here is how it went.
6:56am I was swimming in the pool
7:10am I completed my 433 meter swim (slightly over a quarter mile)
I changed into riding clothes and was on my bike riding the 14.5 miles leaving the pool at 7:22am
This is us about 4 miles before we got off the bikes
Here I am with my running friend half mile into the run
And I finally about 2 minutes from being finished. Total time 2 hours and 15 minutes, including transition times. Not to bad for literally hitting EVERY red light that I could have possibly hit!
And we all finish together again!
Thank you so much SHEBEAST AND LIVESTRONG 2010 for helping me pull this one off! As for what is next...LIVESTRONG 2010 wants to complete a century (100 miles on a bike) next year. The remainder of this year is focused on half marathon training and improving my time from when I ran it 4.5 months prego with baby #3. LIVESTRONG 2010 has a new time goal for herself, so we will get on that.
And I shall close by saying...LET THE TRAINING BEGIN!!!!