What a luxury to have a couple of idle hours to catch up on all my favorite blogs and indulge in some bloggie love! You folks have been BUSY! I am lounging around, enjoying some well-earned rest after slaving away most of my morning at a Practice Traithlon. You heard me right. I am spouting new vocabulary these days. I signed up for SheROX at Asbury Park next Sunday! The teeniest sprint triathlon I could find...400 m swim (I somehow thought it was just 250 yards till a few minutes ago, so I am hyperventilating right now. Don't call 911 yet. I'll get over it), 12 mile bike ride and a 5K. I signed up on a whim a week ago and gave myself no time whatsoever for any coaching or mentoring. I have no buddy to attempt this with either...I'll have to do it all by my lonesome self (with 1200 others, I'm told). The two times I went ocean swimming apparently gave me enough confidence to attempt this! What was I thinking?
I must say, a frantic attempt at a crash course into triathlons during the past week has put me in touch with a few amazing women triathletes, who have been extremely helpful and resourceful. I am finding that triathletes belong to a wonderfully tight knit community.
Anyway, there's no turning back now. I am not about to let $108 go to waste. Hence the practice tri, which went surprisingly well, IMO. I am also shopping for more equipment (they told me I need baby powder to get sand off my feet after the swim, a bike helmet to go with my blue hybrid bike (my ski helmet won't cut it, it seems), a water bottle holder for my bike, bike shorts and a few other odds and ends. Yikes! This is a lot of work (warning: this is what happens when you are totally clueless about triathlons and sign up for one 2 weeks before the race)! No tri suits, wet suits or clip pedals for me. Not even bike shoes. I am trying to keep things simple to avoid transition trauma. I will be swimming in a sports bra and bike shorts (without padding - ouchie on the bike ride!) and just throwing on a jersey for the bike and run portions. I hope I survive with the genitals intact. Oh, well. Too late to worry about that!
RACE NEWS!!! I ran the Bronx half marathon last weekend as a bandit runner and achieved a PR!!! 1:42:03. It was a beautiful day to race. I am pretty pleased, especially as I've cut out speedwork completely (the achilles still bothers me on longer and faster runs). I car pooled with other club members who were also racing that day, and we all had a fun time.
On another note, I have been metamorphosing into a vegetarian. Beans and lentils have become a regular part of my diet and ample doses of dairy, especially eggs/egg substitutes and milk complete my protein intake. I may be imagining it, but I feel lighter and more energetic. There are occasions when I break the rule...the rare fish when DH cooks his aromatic fish curry (heavenly!), or when I am ravenous and meat is the closest edible thing on hand. But like anything else, practice makes the perfect vegetarian, so I will keep practising.
And now...I have a few more precious idle moments, which I look forward to spending on the couch, curled up with my book. There is a thunderstorm raging outside. At some point, I will shuffle into the kitchen and make myself a decadent cup of hot chocolate, courtesy Ghirardelli. Mmmm. Enjoy your evening, all!