I Think I Can Do It

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Tri is in 17 days. Another lady invited my daughter and I to go to the trails where the triathalon will take place to ride our bikes. There were five of us in all and, it being only the second time I've been on an actually bike in the past 30 years, I chose to take up the rear and follow the lead.

I'm glad to have tried the trails. LOTS of pot holes, other parts of the pavement was ruptured with root growth and part was gravel. Most was flat but there were a few hills I LOUDLY grunted through as I pushed up them.

About four miles in I watched my 19yo daughter, up ahead, flip over her bike, roll and land on her bike. Poor thing! She accidentally squeezed only the front brake which sent her flying! Her arm was bloody, dirt all over her face (thank goodness that wasn't hurt), both legs and stomach with awful road burns. She was such a good sport, said she was okay, climbed back up and kept riding. She finished out the remainig 7 miles.

I'm was more cautious after that and was thankful for the refresher lesson on brake usage. That could have easily been me since I really had no idea what I was doing. The ride itself wasn't rough but the sharp turns, very narrow passage ways and flying downhill fast were a bit nerve racking for this overly cautious, non-adventure girl. It was a huge step for me. So glad I did it.

After riding for 11 miles we packed up our bikes and then walked. The ladies wanted to practice the transition from biking to running. I'm not planning on running at all but walking. It felt good.. We were only able to get 1.5 miles in before it got dark but after riding the actual bike distance and walking half the walk/run portion I know I can do this. Of course I'll also be adding the swim in first.

One of my trouble areas will be my right knee. I've had problems with it for 30 years. The last three miles on the bike every time I pumped my right foot down the one spot, on the right edge of my knee, killed. Strangely enough, once we started walking the pain went away.

I'm sure I'll be sore in the morning. But I'll be ignoring that. I've made plans for my daughter and I to meet up with the other three ladies, plus two others, at our neighborhood pool for swim training at 5:30 in the morning. That's in seven hours so I'd better get to bed.

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  • MACMOM57
    You go girl. I'm sure thats one of the reasons why my family wont let me have a bike. I sure hope she is ok. You are doing awesome and I love reading about your progress. Cant wait to hear the results. Hope you werent to sore.
    2473 days ago
  • MISSG180
    I'm thinking of training for a tri next year--right now the MS150 is all I can focus on. I don't run, so it's encouraging to see you taking the "I don't bike, but..." approach. I am inspired!
    2474 days ago
    It's so great to read this update on your training! I'm totally impressed with your biking adventure when it's only your second time out in so long. I admire your courage! I hope you're sleeping as I type and don't even see it until after an excellent training swim!
    P.S. OOPS! I just realized that I'm reading this late, that your bike ride was actually yesterday and your swim this morning... but I still hope you get a good night of sleep! emoticon
    2475 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/11/2012 10:05:40 PM
    Wow! Look at you go girl!!! You are going to do awesome!!! emoticon
    2475 days ago
  • DEBLYNN323
    emoticon emoticon ....keep pushing forward! You can do it!
    2475 days ago
    So awesome. You are going to be great. It is so fun to watch you move closer to goal and be succeeding. You will do wonderful. I hope you have fun with it. Don't stress too much.

    I am enjoying watching you progress towards this. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2475 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Krista!! I am in awe of u!! That is so fantastic!! U are doing this!! I know u will be awesome!!It will also make u feel good about yourself n keep pushing u will meet all your goals!!
    2475 days ago
    Wow! You are really stepping up! Hang in there and take care of yourself!
    2475 days ago
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    I don't think I could ever do a tri! You're so awesome! Hope it goes well for you!
    2475 days ago
    Poor daughter, glad she was okay and kept going, that's awesome! Glad you are getting in some practice, that is going to help tons during the race when you already know what is coming and that you can, indeed, do it!! What a great adventure you are having with this race!! Try adjusting the seat on your bike, you might be too low or too high and stressing the knee. If it keeps up you might want to look into KT tape (that stuff that you see on pros when they compete that looks like strips of color all over). There are specific applications for knee problems and it can help support weak areas. It is also waterproof. Can't wait to hear how the race goes!! You are going to do great!
    2476 days ago
  • SUNSHINE99999
    what a day you had and congrats that you did so well. I hope your daughter is feeling much better real soon.
    2476 days ago
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