Anyway, each summer in the last few years I've been one-upping myself.
In the summer of 2008, I ran a 5K.
In the summer of 2009, I ran a 10K.
In the summer of 2010, I ran a half marathon.
And this summer I'm going to complete a triathlon. Granted, it's a sprint triathlon, but I'm gonna do it nonetheless. And it's the Omaha Women's Tri, so there are no big sweaty boys to intimidate me. Only big sweaty girls.
What does a Sprint triathlon consist of? It's a 750 meter swim (half mile), 20K bike (12.4 miles), and 5K run (3.1 miles). I think I can do it. Without dying.
A couple months ago a few friends and I decided we'd give the Omaha Women's Triathlon a try. Actually, Kate really wanted to try it and I thought it would be a good challenge. We've been trying to recruit friends to do it since then, and most of them just look at us like we asked them in French. Turns out, I don't even know how to do that.
So we've been doing this 20-week training program to get us going. I can do the running and the biking with no problem, but the swimming has been quite a challenge for me. Don't get me wrong, I was a little fish growing up--spending endless summer days at the pool. But swimming laps is something entirely different. I'm on the fifth week of the training program, and today I finally (FINALLY!) can swim 75 meters without stopping. That's a down-back-down, in my language. (I had to ask Kate several times how far a lap was.) And I did it twice! I know that's not a huge accomplishment to many people, but considering my 25 meter max a month ago, I'd say that's not too bad. Now I just have to multiply it by 10 and I'm good!
I might need some water wings.