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Huge Scary Audacious Goal, Part 3

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Huge Scary Audacious Goal was...an Olympic sized triathlon.

Wow! It's been a crazy year.

Tom and I signed up for the Spudman Triathlon in Burley, Idaho in January and started training in earnest.

In March we drove to Wisconsin to pick up our daughter from her mission for the church.

On May 6 our daughter got engaged, and I started a sewing marathon. I sewed 4 bridesmaid dresses and the wedding dress, plus a dress for me.

On July 15 our daughter got married in Boise. On July 21 we had an open house in Connecticut for them. We spent July 18-26 in New England.

And July 29 was the Spudman Triathlon. I'm happy to say I survived.

Not to mention the record snowfall this winter and the water damage we had to get repaired, plus the little side trips we found ourselves taking (Southern California, the Oregon coast, and the family reunion).

I have not reached the weightloss goals I was trying for, and my training was lacking with all the craziness. However, I was in better physical condition than last year (and my husband wouldn't let me back out) so I went for it. For being my first triathlon, I'm ok with the time and how it went. I'm not sure I'll do it again. Friends want to do it in two years. If I can reach certain goals I MIGHT do it with them. We'll see.

Just a little more about the Spudman.

The hardest parts...
* starting the swim (I panicked in the beginning, but when the wave of people had gone ahead of me I turned onto my back, caught my breath and started swimming)
* ending the swim (We were swimming in a river, and I didn't start for shore soon enough. Luckily, they had a string of smaller buoys across the area. I grabbed on, flipped onto my back and pulled myself to shore. Other than the panic at the beginning, I was not afraid at all. I was exhausted, though.)
* starting the bike (since I was exhausted from pulling myself to shore, it took me 3 miles on the bike to get my legs working good. I ended with an average speed of 14 mph.)
* starting the run (walk...I refused to run. At this point I had given up my pie in the sky goal and just aimed to finish. It took 1.5 miles to get my walking legs after that bike ride. I nearly cried at mile 1 and 3).

Best parts...
* The hill and sharp turn followed by the sprint to the bike finish
* the house that was playing "Eye of the Tiger". I kept thinking of that song when I felt discouraged.
* families cheering us on
* other participants encouraging me
* family coming to meet me and walk the last little bit with me
* and crossing the finish line. My husband jumped the fence and jogged the last 50 yards with me. I cried. I was finally finished.

Lessons learned...Start to shore way early during the swim, have Kleenex handy at the transitions, don't forget the sunscreen and bug spray, drink more and have better snacks, and don't think about your daughter's wedding that happened two weeks earlier during the race unless you want to cry.

What has to happen before I'll even think about doing it again...
Get to normal weight
Be able to swim a mile in 50-60 minutes
Be able to bike 25 miles in 80 minutes
Be able to run 10k in 50-60 minutes.
And be able to do at least 90% of that in one exercise session.

All in all it was a good experience. I had serious doubts about doing this, but now I know I can. I have a sense of accomplishment.
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    Wow you have had quite a year. Hang in there gal. I just came back in September after a break. I need SP like you.
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