I have 20 minutes tops here (post note: didn't make that 20 minutes so came back to finish later) since today is the start of some new summer camps for my kiddos so I have to have them all out the door with clothes on and food in their stomachs in a half hour.
Goals for this morning:
- Write something
- Get the kids to where they need to be ON TIME
- Plan for my son's 6th birthday party this week! How did he get to be 6?! I remember writing about him so much on this blog when he was 2 and 3...oh, boy oh boy, did he make good writing material!
- Pencil in at least 2 days this week where I can practice an open water swim in the Deschutes River and a bike ride up and down on the course where my potential first and untrained (properly triathlon trained) triathlon will be. If I can do these things somewhat successfully without freaking out, dying, drowning falling off my bike, burning my brakes out, and having my crotch fall off from my old needs-to-be-replaced bike seat, I'm IN for a newbie, try-it-out Olympic triathlon in 4 weeks.
Speaking of triathlon newbie.... I'm a runner. Through and through. I've run for as long as I can remember. My first race was when I was around seven. My dad, brother, grandfather, cousins, great grandfather...they all ran. I guess you could say running is in my blood. Running feels natural and is something I rarely go a week or even a few days without. I know what I'm doing when I go to a big race. I'm on auto-pilot these days when I make it through the expo, packet pick up, corral line-up, and water stops. I have my system down for pre-fuel, pacing, warm-up...all that runner and racing stuff that goes with running. HOWEVER, yesterday when I rolled up my driveway on my old bike after a ride to test out some rolling hills and my new (ugly) clip-in shoes, I laughed when I saw how ridiculous I looked!
|Who needs fancy bike socks when you can wear the cotton neighbor boy's socks you found on the floor by the door?|
I'm THAT GIRL. And I will be THAT GIRL if I jump in this triathlon. I'll be that person that is so painfully and honestly a NEWBIE who is not only clueless but doesn't give a rip about how she looks doing this new sport! I'll be far from fitting in and looking legit when it comes to a triathlete. It's quite funny really. Just a few things I noticed yesterday when I caught a reflection of myself in the car window:
- My old bike. I originally bought my Trek 1200 as a beginner bike to train for a triathlon way back in 2003ish. I thought a triathlon sounded cool but never actually did it. Instead, I used my bike to commute from downtown Portland to the suburbs where I taught (part ride, part train). Since then, it has been used for commuting and local riding. It needs new tires, brakes and tune-up for sure!
- See previous bullet about bike but add the commuter bike rack I've been cycling around with! This will look a little silly in a triathlon (and does now even when I'm cycling with my cycling friends) but you know, I think I'm going to keep it there just because! It adds to the character of this whole first timer thing.
- Regular running visor under my helmet. My helmet is probably a youth size Huffy helmet or something. Okay, kidding on the Huffy. Remember Huffy? Who had a Huffy bike?
- NOT-so-hip cycling socks. Yesterday I wore some random boy socks left here from the neighbor boy. Good ol' cotton boy socks.
- Handle bars leave my hands black...must get to the bike store and buy some new tape to wrap those babies up!
- My husband's camel back pack...so NOT cool. But it does the trick: hydration PLUS tools for my bike just in case! The extra weight is just making me stronger, right?
So, when it comes to jumping in my first triathlon, I will most definitely fit the part. I'll be THAT GIRL! Oh, and you BET I'll be that girl doing the breast stroke for most of my swim portion. Or better yet, I might be floating on my back or hitching a ride with one of the paddle boarders or tube floaters. Maybe I'll look the part for my second triathlon if I make it that far.
|I desperately need new bike tape for these handle bars!|
|I think I should keep the commuter rack on this bike for this potential triathlon...just for kicks! It surely makes a statement of some kind.|
In all sincerity, as much I really do notice and acknowledge how silly I do and will look, I have never been one who gets caught up in having to look a part. I don't get too wrapped up in the fashion show side of sports (or life). A runner who is wearing generic cotton shorts and tanks and an old pair of Reebok shoes can just as easily kick ass as someone decked out in Lululemon and boutique running apparel. I believe this is true with a triathlon as well. Yes, good gear makes a difference! A faster bike would be worth the investment if I were going on to more serious triathlons. So would taking the commuter rack off the back of the bike! It would also be worth my investment to get all-around better gear eventually. But in the big picture, it isn't about how legit and decked out we look that makes us a good athlete. I have no doubts that if I do this triathlon, I will work hard and give my best that day...no matter how untrained or ridiculous I look on race day! I'd rather look like a silly newbie and do it with authenticity than be a pretentious poser!
What about you? Have you ever felt ridiculously new at something...as if you stood out like a sore thumb?
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