Tolltag Triathlon

It's official, I can cross triathlon off my bucket list.

The Swim. It was in a small lake with a pleasant view of the sunrise over the city dump. Ah, the smell of rotting garbage and fear, just the thing to pep you up before a race. At least it wasn't poop water like last time. We started out in the water, meaning no wall to push off from and no ground to stand on. Wait, and you mean there's not a pretty black line to follow so I know I'm going straight? And bitches be kickin' me? No. NO. I don't like it.

Plus, I'm slow. Y'all, women started the race after the men and almost all of them got ahead of me in the swim. I don't know if I'm bad at it or I need more practice or maybe I'm doing it wrong, but I wound up like the 5th to last one out of the water. Not a great confidence boost at the beginning of a race.

The Bike. I eventually caught up to people on the bike so I could shout WINTER IS COMING. That was my goal for the whole race. Achieved.

Serious triathlete selfie.

I passed lots of dead animals on the side of the road. I'm not sure if they were hit and run cycling casualties or death by natural causes, but there was a squirrel, frog, bird and what I thought was a leaky backpack, but it turned out to be an oozing armadillo. Otherwise known as lunch.

The Run. My legs weren't as dead for the run this time. This is probably due to swimming instead of running for the first leg and also having a better bike. Better bike = less effort. The first mile was hard and I was mentally chanting, "I...can...do...this" with each step. I would slowly creep up on people and pass them (on your left!) and I made a little game out of it. "Alright, purple shorts, I'm comin' after you." "Yeahhhh, on your left!" "Alright, purple shorts is old news, I'm lookin' at you, black tank top." And so on.

This little game kept my mind off running in triple digits and that's what matters.

Boom, done.

It was fun and I'm glad it's over. My knee pretty much kills, not only after this race but after every time I workout, so I finally broke down and scheduled an appointment with my knee doc. Fingers crossed he says, "Oh that? That's nothing. I have an easy, non-surgical solution for your pain. And here's a million dollars."

How cute is my cheering section:

What an adorable little medal stealer.

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  1. Congrats on completing the race. Hope your knee appointment goes well.

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    1. Me too! Hopefully he just calls me a wuss and tells me to walk it off.

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  2. Way to go Meg! What's your next bucket list item going to be?

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    1. Excellent question. Maybe write a book? Or try a pole dancing class. It could go either way.

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  3. So....if the doc gives you a green light, would you do it again???

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    1. Totally! I have to get faster somehow.

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  4. Where'd you get your bike? I'm looking for something to try and train on for a tri maybe next year. Nothing fancy, something afforadable. Advice? Did you get the clip on shoes? I will probably only do this once or twice, so I don't know how much I should invest in fancy gadgets.

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    1. I ordered it on Amazon like I do with everything! It was pretty cheap, around $200. I didn't get fancy shoes, because like you, I'm not sure how committed I am to this. I just wore my running shoes on the bike.

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    2. Oh cool, what kind of bike is it?

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