Someone – please talk me down

So, you may or may not remember that I became a triathlete about four days ago.  I can’t recall if I mentioned it here or not.

Other things that you may not be aware of because you have more to your life than remembering my race schedules. I am doing a marathon on October 4 of this year.  Also, I am in grad school (day 3 or class #2!). And I have a job. And a husband. And friends with whom I occasionally like to hang out with.

So. Please tell me that I absolutely cannot do another triathlon in September.  I do not have time. Seriously. Not even for a little one.

NO!!!!

In other news, I rode my bike to work today for the first time in over a year.  I stopped last summer due to torn hamstring & knee problems. Then when that was all better, it was cold & rainy. Now, since May, I’ve had a parking spot, and no way was I going to not park in the spot for which I was paying to ride my bike! That was expensive! On my vacation days, I contemplated driving to the parking lot & parking, just for a while, to get my money’s worth. Now, I no longer have parking. So today, I girded my loins & headed out on the bike. It took 44 minutes to get ride the 9.4 miles to work. (Another 15 or so to get to my building, lock up my bike & change clothes.)  I did not remember to pack all the necessary clothes.  That makes me sad. But, it does amuse my office mate (I shared the story with her – I’m a giver that way).

It’s actually a pretty decent ride – bike lanes & waterfront the whole way. There are a couple sketchy spots where I’m riding next to trucks going 55 mph & having to cross the car lane so I don’t end up on the freeway, but it’s mostly an easy ride.

Afterwork, I’m headed downtown. If I have time, I’ll hit the gym for a few laps before meeting my new classmates for dinner. That’s right – I’m having dinner with three strange men I’ve never met before. I am a risk taker! And I like Indian food!

Other exciting news, I am taking swimming lessons starting next Monday! I am so pumped. It’s pretty cool to have knowledgeable friends & stuff. I’d love to pay it forward, but am not sure I have any useful skills like that. Unless you want to learn how to can. Or braid garlic. Or something like that.

So – to recap.

1. Help! Talk me down!

2. Still working out.

3. Biked to work.

4. Learning to swim better.

5. Only useful skill = gardening.

Recent Comments

  • Alisa
    August 5, 2009 - 11:18 am ·

    Haha, you are too funny. Look at your race schedule for next year, lots of Tri’s plenty of time to indulge that obsession.

    Awesome that you biked to work-go you!

    Monday lessons! I was reading up a little on some drills I can work on with you. Also, in one lesson, you should have the basic skills for breast stroke- no problemo!

  • Carolina John
    August 5, 2009 - 11:18 am ·

    talk you down? I say go for it! i didn’t see a date from that link, but as long as it’s at least 2 weeks before the marathon have fun with it. and stick to the sprint distance. the olympic is certainly more than you want to bite off right now. i only say that because I took 4 months to train to run an oly and a marathon 6 days apart. there’s no way i could have done it in september.

    do it. do it. do it. do it.

  • RunToFinish
    August 5, 2009 - 12:49 pm ·

    just say no and step away from the registration.

    wow I would love to get to the point where I could ride to work..really i suck at biking, so I’ll start working on that!

  • Cindy
    August 5, 2009 - 2:25 pm ·

    LOL i am NOT talking you out of anything, supergirl. i’m just looking forward to reading the recap 😉

  • Tara
    August 6, 2009 - 11:51 am ·

    well…I say DO IT!!!!! haha I am doing mine the weekend before my marathon on Oct 4th 🙂 however, you also don’t want to get overwhelmed and feel over your head..so maybe just keep it in the back of your head and sign up once it gets closer.

    I wish I could ride a bike to owrk, but it’s too far 🙁

  • maris
    August 8, 2009 - 3:21 pm ·

    LOL at considering driving to work on days off…gotta keep that parking space on its toes.

    I wish I could ride my bike to work but in NY I’m sure I’d get hit by a cab in, oh, 10 seconds flat.

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