So the sprint triathlon is 5 weeks away and being the good trainer that I am, I have just started getting into shape. Given what I (and my mom) will be attempting to do on May 30, I probably should have started training weeks ago. If you aren’t familiar with sprint triathlons, below is the race distance:
Here is how I look at it. The swim should be easy as I am a decent swimmer, the bike may kill me and if I am still alive post bike ride, the run will be a breeze. The transitions may be challenging, but I will just take it slow and stretch in between if need be. I signed up for the “open race” which basically means that I am not racing in my age group to try and win anything and it is more of a catch all category for beginners, like myself. I think also that the open group starts after those who are competitively participating. My workouts (all of the three I have intentionally done) have basically consisted of brick training** (technical term for training on two disciplines during the same workout). My workouts (besides the occasional dog walk) for the past month are listed below.
I have one more month to get ready for this thing. After that, my next race is the Peachtree Road Race. Its a 10K and CT3 is currently signed up to run with me (courtesy of myself signing him up and then telling him)!**JMac taught me this term as she casually used it in conversation this weekend on our run. Here is the history as for why it is called brick training.
Lately I have been thinking (WILD concept for me to think, huh?!)
Remember my list of “lofty goals” for 2009?? Well, I have come up with a few more. My latest thoughts are that I need to change the list from a 2009 goals list to a lifetime list. That way I can continue to add to it and accomplish them when the time (and money) presents itself.
To add to my list of “things to learn” I have a few more that I would like to add. As you remember, some of the previously listed ones were smocking and sign language. I would now like to add the following:
Learning the piano may be a more realistic goal and nearer in the future than I think. My grandfather had a beautiful baby grand piano that my parents had refinished. I took lessons when I was younger and couldn’t sit still enough to ever force myself to practice. I sucked, though my parents swore I didn’t. Now I have come full circle and would once again like to take lessons. As my parents have recently remodeled their house and the piano is no longer the focal point of the living room, they have graciously said we can “store it” as long as we take good care of it! The piano may be delivered as early as next week (photos to come!) and it would at least be summer time before I could take any lessons. I have done the research and found a tuner in town, and also have the number for the “best” pianist in town. Don’t worry, you will all be invited to my recitals and Christmas performances. Anyway, taking karate is something I think would be fun and a good form of exercise. Also, there are lots of old people who do it, so I am pretty sure I could find a class to fit in. This one may have to wait til next year when I am on the down hill side of gradate school. Who knows, maybe I could convince CT3 to do it with me. HIIII-YA! (Now picture me chopping a wood block in half with my forehead and bowing the the bystanders dressed in all of my karate garb. Oh, and last night, on a whim I emailed a professor about a potential Ph.D. program. Mom, Dad and CT3, start saving your pennies….or maybe I should just slow down, chill out and get through my masters first!
Lastly, here is an update on the seedlings that I started last week. I have followed the directions precisely and after covering with the “eco sheet,” watering every few days and keeping in low light, my seedlings are starting to grow!