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There Are Worse Dilemmas to Face

Friday, May 16, 2014

I'm doing my first duathlon tomorrow. My triathlon is in three weeks, and I'm really struggling with the swim. I signed up for the duathlon to give me a "win" going into the tri. It'll also give me a chance to practice transitions when I'm not soaking wet.

The staging area is about five miles from my house. It's down a short, steep hill, then it's flat the rest of the way. I'm considering riding my bike to the staging area. It's a little nuts, but there are also some advantages:

1 - One less car taking up space in the parking lot
2 - My back and left foot are really stiff when I first get up in the morning. The ride there will help me loosen up
3 - Serious props, because you gotta be nuts to ride your bike to the staging area

The Hubs cannot attend because his job is taking him out of town this weekend. That creates several new disadvantages:

1 - If I forget anything, I'm screwed
2 - If I get hurt or just flat-out over-do it, it's going to be a very long trip home (but I can call a cab if I need to); after Bloomsday's 12km, I was pretty well spent
3 - I'd have to be out the door by 6:30 to give myself enough time to get there, set up my transition, check-in, and calm my nerves

Right now, the saner, more reasoned part of my brain is screaming "DRIVE, YOU MORON!" But the crazy part of me is a lot louder than the sane part. I have all day to make up my mind: who knows which part will win?

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HILLSLUG98239 5/16/2014 11:48PM

    My saner half won the debate. As much as I want to ride there, I'm going to do the prudent thing and drive.

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KELLISOR 5/16/2014 8:58PM

    Have a great race, however you decide to get there!

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SEATTLESIMS 5/16/2014 2:58PM

    How long is your swim for your upcoming tri? I've only done the sprint distance, and found practicing in the pool for slightly longer helped with my perception of ability. I also do some back stroke if I need to recover a bit during the race. My second tri was the first time I did the crawl 90% of the time.. the first tri was only back stroke and breast stroke! YOu can do it!
Good luck with sorting out this weekend's event.. I say drive, so you have a little less stress, you will have plenty of time before hand to warm up won't you? Nice to have the drive back option.. you can go all out during the race and just drive home.. Just a thought.
Have fun is #1!!!

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HILLSLUG98239 5/16/2014 1:16PM

    I once pedaled my bike with one leg after being bit in the calf by a dog. Another time, I rode home with some nasty road rash on my legs. Worst case scenario, I have to walk up the hill to get back home.

There's a barbeque restaurant at the golf course next to the cross-country run course where the run stages are. There's also shade there. Knowing me, I'll have more than enough energy gel/bars to refuel. Fortunately, it's going to cool off overnight and the high tomorrow will only be in the high-70's.

I think the strongest argument for driving is the "What if I forget something?" fear. But I'm still pondering.

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MISSG180 5/16/2014 12:54PM

    Getting there will be fine. How will you feel afterward, though? Is there a decent place for you to rest and get something to eat before you head home?

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JLAMING263 5/16/2014 12:12PM

    I think, Drive early and warm up there. emoticon emoticon

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