Sunday, August 07, 2011
I had my first experience at a triathlon today. I was a Gear Check volunteer. It was hot and a fairly long day; definitely not my most fun volunteer experience. Still, it was fun and certainly interesting.
They started with the swimming. It was encouraging to see many body types out there. Sure, there were lots of buff bodies, and even plenty with tans. There were also flabby, pasty bodies. Stretch marks, rounder bellies, fat folds, and hair in weird places. And not one time did I see anyone point and laugh, asking "What is that one doing in a triathlon?" Nope, all the athletes respected the other athletes. The volunteers and spectators cheered for the slower racers just as heartily as for the fast ones. I was proud of all those who had the guts to show off their less-than-perfect bodies to do what they wanted to do for themselves. Good for them. I hope one day to be more like them.
Next, they did the bike ride. I didn't get to see that because of where I was. My husband was there and got some great photos of some of the riders though. The Olympic-distance racers rode for over 22 miles, I think, after swimming a mile! Wow, that just amazes me.
They then went into the run. I got to see the guy who won everything run into the finish line. He finished in about an hour and 15 minutes! WOW! The run was a 10K! Even if I could do a 15 minute mile for six miles, I couldn't walk the 10K in that time, let alone do all three events in that time. It was just incredible to see. And then there were those who just keep trucking for hours to finish. They battled the heat and the fatigue and just kept pushing and pushing. They, in my opinion, are just as strong because they never gave up either even though it took them a lot longer. I asked one lady today how she did. She obviously didn't do quite as well as she had hoped, so she said, "Well, I did it." I reminded her what a great accomplishment that is. I hope she took it to heart.
Do I want to do a triathlon someday? It's not in my heart right now. It was fun to see and be a part of one, and who knows, maybe someday it will be of interest to me. Today, it just motivated me to do a three-mile Leslie Sansone DVD to help me be ready for my upcoming 5K's. And to lose two more pounds so I can wear my new dress. : )