For two days my neck and shoulder has been killing me. I have no idea why, or what I did. Do I need a new pillow? Did I pull something on Wednesday’s workout? Who knows but it’s awful. I have a massage scheduled for Sunday night and I’m praying it helps.
This week my schedule changed at work. I asked my boss if I could switch to 30 minute lunches and leave at 4:30 instead. My reasoning behind this is because I’m hoping that I can start biking to and from work in preparation for the Portland Century. I want to miss some of the 5 o’clock rush hour traffic for safety reasons. The time change was approved so I started getting off work at 4:30. It’s made a huge change! I haven’t started commuting to work on bike yet because of the weather but I’m hoping to do that in the next month. Right off the bat I can see that that 30 minutes will GREATLY improve my way of life. I miss the rush hour traffic commuting home, I get to the gym earlier, hence I get home earlier and have more time to spend with Michael or friends. Plus I will be able to eat dinner at a reasonable hour. Love it!
Friday I got to the pool by 5pm and was in the pool by 5:15. Since it was such a gorgeous sunny day in Portland I didn’t have to worry about the gym being crowded when I got there. I was worried a great deal about my neck and shoulders. I wasn’t even sure I would be able to swim at all with the pain I was in. But the moment I got in the pool all the discomfort melted away. I had a FANTASTIC swim! It was wonderful. I took my inhaler with me this time too and that helped with my chest discomfort.
Calories Burned: 412
Distance: 8 lengths short of 1.5 miles
Since I got to the gym early I swam a little longer and enjoyed it. I didn’t feel like I had to rush to hurry up and get home (or try to beat my raging hunger). There was a guy in the lane next to me doing sprints in the pool and when I was done with my swim I chatted with him in the sauna. I asked what he was training for and he said the Coeur d’Alene triathlon. I told him I’d wanted to do a Sprint Tri for a few years now but I hadn’t yet. I’m seriously considering signing up for one this summer. I’m nervous about the idea, anxious about open-water swimming, and nervous that I can actually DO it.
My friend Ember is doing the Girlfriends and Dudes Triathlon this July. I could easily sign up for that tri because I have a buddy doing it too. The only problem? The swim part is in the Columbia River–FREEZING! I would need to buy a full wetsuit for that (expensive) and I already have a partial wetsuit (free). It’s a 1/2 Mile Swim: A fast, down current swim in the Columbia River. Any swim stroke is acceptable including front crawl, back crawl, side-stroke, back float and doggie paddle. The Bike: A 12.5 mile flat ride along country roads. The Run: A 3 mile flat, out and back run on paved trails. Sounds easy right?
My new gym friend suggested the Blue Lake Tri. It’s in June and I was told there’s another on in August. He said I would not need a wetsuit if I did the Blue Lake Tri. I’m conflicted. I don’t know if I’m ready to do it. I want to. What am I afraid of?
QUESTION: Have you done a triathlon? What did you think of it? Would you do it again?