Thursday, 7 August 2008

23 Days and counting....

... till August 30, 2008.

You may have noticed that the Canadian Iron Distance Triathlon and Duathlon is back on my Target Races.

Yup, I'm signed up, paid the bucks, will be getting the T-shirt!!

This is certainly the year to "Try" things, my first 30K race, my first Marathon and now my first Try-a-Tri.

My 88 year old father says "Tri is the beginning of Triumph"...

Now the pressure is on!!!

Yesterday after working late at the office, I ripped home, tried to load up the Iron Horse into the trunk of my car...gah, the chain comes off of the gear, well, not to worry, the fellow who is going to tune my baby up will deal with it!

Off I go to meet the fellow who is going to work on the bike, off to where they will tune my "hot wheels" up and end up in a construction holdup. Folks, I live in "Rural Phoodunk to NO where", I don't live in town! How do you have a road crew hold everyone up in both direction for almost 20 minutes in the middle of nowhere?

Finally I get to the shop and now have to fight to get my tank (ooops bike) out of the trunk...this is a heavy old bike I'm talking about! Done, run into the shop (good practice) and he has left for the day! Gone, didn't think I was coming so he left. That's okay as I do a little deep breathing exercise, this will get me ready for my swim.

Oh, did I mention swimming practices? Yup, Monday and Wednesday afternoon and Saturday mornings.

Off I go to the pool, swimming starts at 5:30 p.m., it is now 6 p.m.

Being new to this swim club I am already giving them a negative impression and that maybe I'm just not too serious about this adventure. I can't find a parking spot because Ice Hockey has started and every mother and her son is unloading their cars full of hockey equipment.


Finally a parking spot, I sprint (again, good practice) to the pool, run inside and check out the pool, Yup they've all been "in their lanes and in their zone" for over a half hour and I get "the look".

Quiet resistance for the new LATE person.

Okay, this is where my shyness kicks in.....

I decide to forgo the swim, not interrupt any one's Zen swim.

I sit from the side and watch....what am I doing?? I'm a grown woman and I'm too embarrassed to get in a swim.

Duh, how we revert to our childhood...and so easily.

Saturday will be different, I'll go and cannonball my way into the group, they are going to LOVE me.

After my swim on Saturday , I'll go pick up my Iron Horse and ride into the wind. Giddy UP!

Tonight is a Tempo run in town.

Swim, Bike, Swim, Run, Bike, Swim, Run....that's what I'll be up to for the next 23 Days!!!

Life's fun if you don't weaken,

Lily


*photo's from Flickr*

22 comments:

Marcy said...

YOu are so cute!! YOu sound like me in a lot of ways. When I feel out of my element and then "something" happens I tend to do the same thing. Now go cannonball into that group, they're going to love you!

Wes said...

You are going to have a blast! One thing you learn about swimmers and triathletes, like runners, they are just like us!!!

*aron* said...

WOW what a year for you!!!

i would have done the same thing... i get super shy and just want to hide, especially when its something new :)

Running Knitter said...

I can't wait to hear about the cannonball story. You're going to be awesome!

Kim said...

You are awesome! And your tri is going to be just as awesome. Training will be great fun too. Can't wait to hear more fun adventures in the next 23 days! It'll be here before you know it.

chia said...

Comin' up quick girlfriend! Have a fantastic 23 days up to the biggin'!

Xenia said...

Your tri is the day before my half marathon. We're both going to kick some severe ass! :)

Marlene said...

They'll love you even if you bellyflop! :)

Jess said...

You're gonna rock that tri in 23 days!

teacherwoman said...

23 days! Wow! That is coming up real fast! You are going to do awesome! :)

Marci said...

Tri is the beginning of triumph! What a Dad thing to say, so true. You are such an inspiration, you will do awesome at your first tri.

Run For Life said...

What a day at least you got there eventually! I would have done the same thing. Good luck!

AKA Alice said...

Isn't that funny (not funny ha ha, but funny interesting) that most of us are so outgoing on our blogs...and yet sometimes so reserved in person?

I am completely the same way around a new group of people.

They will LOVE you tho...cannonball away.

Groover said...

And the difference between try and triumph is just a little UMPH ... :-)

Steve Stenzel said...

HA! Enjoy the countdown!!!

David said...

Signed up = have to do it. The only way out is injury, so avoid that! :-)

I'll bet I mistakenly give everyone "the look" when I'm in the pool. Not because I dislike them, just because I'm not having any fun, and project that.

Nitmos said...

You are very inspring. I'm still scairt of the tri's. Very of drowning and all.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I happen to prefer swimming alone. If they give you enough dirty looks, you can just go to the pool at a different time. ;p

triguyjt said...

game on lily!!!!

next time just blow a whistle and yell.....everyone out of the pool!!!
and then you jump in and get your laps done....

i love your dads quote... very cool

Chris said...

You are getting serious now. I do think the cannonball thing would go over well. Give it a try.

The Iron Horse is gonna be fast!

Vava said...

Great Blog! It's nice to come accross another Canuck with a running blog. I just started and find this community inspirational! Best of luck in your long distance endeavors!

Vava said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! I responded to your question there, but I don't know the proper etiquette on this sort of thing so I thought I'd reply here as well. Taylor Creek Park hooks up with the Don River Valley at the Leaside Bridge or so and runs east towards Victoria Park Ave. Here's the google image of my run for bearings. Thanks again and all the best!