For this year, I had three goals for my physical fitness level: complete a triathlon, complete a marathon, and learn to golf. So far, I have completed two triathlons, am training for the Richmond Marathon in November, and own a really cute pair of golf gloves.
This past Saturday morning I finished the Mistletoe Tri the Parks Triathlon, part of a series of races in Georgia parks. This sprint triathlon was a 600m swim, 11.8 mile bike, and 5K run. While I did some lunchtime swims and Sunday afternoon brick workouts over the past few weeks, I didn't really feel prepared going into the race, and finished in two hours.
Let me just say, getting kicked in the face is no fun. That grinding noise when your bike chain comes off is no fun. And this was quite possibly the longest three miles I have ever ran in my life. But finishing feels great. I think next year my goal will be to complete a sprint, Olympic distance, and possibly the Augusta Half Ironman. Might as well shoot high.
I'm also currently on week three of training for the Richmond Marathon. Balancing regular unit PT with runs on my own has been challenging, even in just the short time I've been doing it, and is making me rethink my plan. After the tri on Saturday and thinking about a 10 mile run on Sunday, Monday morning PT formation was pretty miserable. Georgia weather doesn't really help; no matter how much water I drink or how many watermelons I eat, dehydration creeps in just a little bit every day.
Here's to some flexibility for the next 16 weeks, lots of gatorade, and even more laundry!