No one can say I'm not enthusiastic. I am, since I retired, a loner of sorts, though. I do exactly what I feel like doing, and sometimes have to remind myself to get out there and be amongst other people.
So I signed up for that 5K that you may have just read about. While I was anticipating the 5K I started in with my thought processes, what to eat, how much to rest before race day. Stuff like that, that I didn't think much about while in normal marathon training. Next thing I know I'm getting kind of buzzed about the competition and feeling excited.
I got an email about this upcoming "Masters of All Terrain Half Marathon" in Orlando. In my renewed excitement, I signed up for it. There's a "Fitness Challenge" option following the trail race as well. Flipping tires, climbing walls and some surprise strength challenges, which I will be attempting.
Now after signing up for that one, I'm getting crazy excited. And having even crazier thoughts.
My thoughts are, "you've been thinking about doing a Triathlon Sprint too, Buster, why don't you do one of those too, you old coot? (Sparkpeople doesn't have a sarcasm font) Go jump in the pool and see if you can still swim." Which I did, and no, I cannot. I made a few laps, choking on water, lungs screaming for air. I rested, did it again. And again. Wow that was only 10 minutes? Okay, so I can't do a Sprint Tri. Big deal.
A couple of days passes and I'm in the water again. A little better this time. 15 minutes and 30 10 yard laps. Pathetic, but a start. Rest up and go for a bike ride. It's a mountain bike and it's slow. I didn't buy it for speed. I pedaled for 45 minutes and was slooow and tired. Only 8 miles? Can't swim, can't pedal fast.
But. I am STILL thinking I can probably 'finish' a Sprint Triathlon (.25 mile swim, 12 mile bike, and 3 mile run) if I just do it to finish. I'm 66 years old and no one cares about if I finish DFL, except me, but at least I can try.
All these crazy thoughts because I decided to sign up for a 5K in the middle of my marathon training. Fears of DFL loom again.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.