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Crazy Thoughts. That's Just Crazy Thoughts.

Monday, August 19, 2013

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.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SYNCHRODAD 8/22/2013 9:57AM

    I've done St. Anthony's Meek and Mighty the littlest of tri's. I did DFL out of 900 participants. BUT, I finished 2nd in my age group, got to shake hands with Andy Potts, and I have a nice little plague. Ton of fun.

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LISAINMS 8/21/2013 4:02PM

    The fact that you went back and got in the pool again is evidence that you will make it to the finish line. Just keep going! And remember that DFL trumps DNF which trumps DNS.

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BIGPAWSUP 8/20/2013 10:49PM

    You are going to be AWESOME!!! That is wonderful and you really are amazing. Please keep us informed on your training!!

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ROXYZMOM 8/19/2013 8:48PM

    You KNOW you are going to do it! Go for it!

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FUNFROG79 8/19/2013 2:56PM

    I LOVE, LOVE your enthusiasm!

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NWFL59 8/19/2013 1:44PM

    Enjoy yourself and do what you can without injuring yourself in the process. emoticon

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TYKXBOY 8/19/2013 1:42PM

    If you can finish a Sprint Tri, isn't that all that matters? No, attempting it, or even just training for it, isn't that all that matters? Having fun trying, no matter what happens and being healthier for it, THAT'S all that matters. Go for it! Love your thinking even without the sarcasm font. :)
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BUTTERFLY-1976 8/19/2013 11:43AM

    Awsome on the HM with the fitness challenge. Looks like alot of fun.

As for the should "tri" it. You can do anything you set your mind to.
For the swim....It wasn't until after I signed up for my 1st tri that I learned to swim. I could float & dog paddle but that was it. A lifeguard helped teach me the crawl. I didn't feel confident enough to do on race I dog paddled...tried a bit of the crawl..drank the pool in doing back to the dog paddle.
For the bike...I ride with a hybrid bike, but there are lots of mountain bikes on race day. I've also heard you can rent bikes for race day as well (if you wanted to use a tri bike)
For the run....Well you got that covered.

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DALID414 8/19/2013 11:29AM

    I don't know how to swim, but in my mind I think I could do a sprint tri with a good time IF I learn to swim. My foot fell asleep running the other day after about 2.5 miles so I started thinking, at this rate I'll never be able to get past doing a 5K! The mind, she's a finicky one.

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SEABREEZE65 8/19/2013 11:24AM

    You are SO FUNNY!!! emoticon

I have some of these same thoughts running around in my head. Wondering - could I even attempt a sprint tri? Would my comfort bike even qualify? LOL!!! Would I? LOL!!!

So funny!!!

Unfortunately, I have yet to swim 1 length of our small pool without panicking. I am still working on swimming AND breathing.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/19/2013 11:00AM

    emoticon This happens to me too. I'm fighting it!

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CM_GARDNER78 8/19/2013 10:58AM

    I believe that you could do any old thing you set your mind to! Keep trying - I bet we'll be hearing about you completing this race before too long! ;-)

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/19/2013 10:51AM

    Ah, bitten by the racing bug. I fear you are infected and there really is no cure, not even broken bones.

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NATPLUMMER 8/19/2013 10:38AM

    I think you can do whatever you set your mind to do.

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LEWILL1982 8/19/2013 10:35AM

    The sprint tri I did yesterday was a blast, I highly recommend it! There were plenty of mountain bikes out on the course! I think there is even a "fat tire" group that you can register for. You can do it! The swimming gets easier, do you try to breathe every 3 strokes? How about rolling your shoulders more on your strokes?

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MASRITE 8/19/2013 10:22AM

    You can do that sprint tri, I just know you can!! You have time to train for it, right??? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARGARITTM 8/19/2013 10:19AM

    I know you can do it!

If it is an ocean or lake swim and you wear a wetsuit (rent or borrow - at least for the first one) they keep you pretty bouyant - so it will add to your comfort level. I recommend doing a practise swim or two with a group - it is different with all of those people around you. .......The swimming is perfect for crosstraining anyways.

The bike thing - see if you can borrow a hybrid or a road bike - hybrid you will be sitting more upright than the road bike - but still getting an easier ride.... most bike shops will let you "test ride".

Tell you what - you do the Sprint and I will do the marathon next Spring! Deal?

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COOP9002 8/19/2013 10:17AM

    You can do this. Excited for you as you continue on this journey.

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ONMYMEDS 8/19/2013 9:05AM

    I have no doubt whatsoever that you can handle a sprint tri and do it well. Just refer to the title of your previous blog.

Geezers rule!!!

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KKKAREN 8/19/2013 9:02AM

    go for it!

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JACKSGRAN 8/19/2013 8:36AM

    I think you are hooked! It's all or nothing by the look of it!

Good for you

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