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Triathlete (and I didn’t need the stretcher after all)

Posted in Sports with tags on August 1, 2009 by jenniferautumn

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Well, I am officially a triathlete now.  I finished in less than two hours this morning (I don’t know the official time yet, but I’m pretty happy with it).  The winning time was about an hour, and my time would put around the middle of the pack (which, considering it’s my first, is very satisfactory).  As promised, here are pictures and details.

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Jenn chokes (on water) Yes so I started out really strong for about three laps before for some reason deciding I was so awesome that I could breath under water and took a huge gulp.  Much choking and doggy paddling ensued, to the chagrin of the fast swimmers behind me.  I took a break at the wall to cough and choke some more and continued, but never fully recovered.  Luckily, I was still strong enough of a swimmer to finish in a little over ten minutes, after being passed a dozen times by the other swimmers in my lane.  Ha.

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Jenn creates new drinking game: While going at what I considered to be a reasonable speed, still coughing pool water out of my lungs,  I came up with a new drinking game for next time.  I will wear a live webcam attached to my helmet, and all the viewers at home can take a shot every time someone passes me.  My part in this will to be to keep my friends from dying of alcohol poisoning. 😛
It’s all good.  I managed to not crash, take a break, hit anyone, get a flat…  As it was my third time ever on a road bike, I count it as successful.  I only wish that I could have documented my thoughts as I coasted along mostly by myself for 12 miles in a bizarre state of consciousness that only half choking on water, sleep deprivation, semi-exhaustion, and being in non-competitive race mode without an ipod can generate.

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Jenn gets shouted encouragment by gnome man in bushes: I believe my exact words as I passed the entourage were “document this, it’s the last time you’ll see me running”.  While not entirely true, I am what can be best described as a jog-walker. Lol.  I think it took me as long to run 5k as it did to bike 12 miles.  Anyways, around 3k I had noticed the ground was sloping down so began to run again, when I spotted a clump of bushes in the distance and was startled by a man with a funny hat crouching in the bushes with a giant camera.  He shouted encouragement at me and I greeted him before spending the next 2k laughing about it in my head.  Don’t worry, I’m like 70% certain he was with the race.

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Finish:  Finally it was over.  Watched my friend Cammie and her momma finish, got a free massage, came home and napped for two hours before waking up and limping around in victory.  I felt that I should have received a n00b award.  Making I’ll make myself one.

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Winners.
And no one ask me when I’m doing the next one, I would like to bask in the glory of the first for a while.  Thank you very much.

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Triathlon

Posted in Sports with tags on July 31, 2009 by jenniferautumn

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Hello friends

As I fully expect to be dead to the world for the next few days, I would like to enlighten you as to what I’m up to, and no it has nothing to do with China this time 😛

Tomorrow I will be competing in my first triathlon.  It’s not that impressive, only a “sprint” (which I will explain to you n00bs momentarily) and I do not expect it to be pretty, but I am determined to cross the finish be it running, crawling, or on a stretcher.

All triathlons have three back-to-back stages: swim, bike, and run.  There are various lengths and four standard categories: Sprint, Olympic, Half-Ironman and Ironman.  The distances for the sprint I’m doing is 525m swim, 12mile bike, and 5k run (yeah I know I’m mixing units but that’s what they gave us!).

The kicker is that through an apparent discrepancy in my submitted swim time, I have been somehow plopped into the very first wave with the elite athletes and predicted to finish the swim in 8minutes.  Ha!  So this will prove comedic, as some of the athletes are very serious competitors and I won’t help but to be right in their way!  Oh well, nothing for it now, I just hope no one drowns me out of exasperation :’)

Right, well everyone wish me luck.  I promise pictures once I regain consciousness.
Jenn