1.06.2010

I've Lost It

I just signed up for the 2010 Chicago Triathlon. My Dad and I will be competing in it together (his 4th triathlon ever, my 6th). It was my first triathlon ever back in 2008 (a supersprint), so it'll be nice to return 2 years later and gauge my vast improvement.

But I'm not doing the Supersprint...

I'm not even doing the Sprint...

I'll be completing the Olympic Distance race (for all you non-triathletes, that's roughly 1 mile swimming, 25 miles biking, and 6 miles running). And I'll be doing it all at the world's largest triathlon in the middle of a sweltering Chicago summer.

Here's where my stupidity comes in: I've been going around telling people the swim was a HALF mile. That's what I thought. I swear I checked and double-checked. I think it's a giant conspiracy, and the moment I clicked the "Register" button, they made the course longer. And now I'm really nervous.

To put this in perspective, the longest I have ever swam without stopping was 875 yards. And that was in a pool. For the triathlon, I have to swim TWICE that far... in Lake Michigan... with hundreds of other flailing triathletes around me.

Oh... and boats.



Apparently there are BOATS I have to avoid also.

This was a horrible idea, but it's done and the money (an exorbitant amount) has been paid. So it's time to go big, or go home. Time to put my money where my mouth is... and all those other inspirational sayings.

I have 7 1/2 months to prepare for this, and a 5-month training plan to get me there. I definitely think I'll be putting off my intentions to cancel my Y membership. I have a lot of pool hours ahead of me!

8 comments:

That Pink Girl said...

Yay for bold goals! You are going to tear up that one mile swim!

Karen said...

WhaaaaT?

Adam said...

NICE! If I remember right, the company I work for is the title sponsor for that one. Check my FB profile, but I think that I am right.....

You're going to rock it!

JojaJogger said...

Way to go for it. You're going to do great!

Gina said...

That's exciting, Kelly! I've read about that race - I think it will be an awesome experience. You've got time - just do the training. Don't cancel the Y membership!!

Anonymous said...

You are right that I am not doing the same one. The 750 meter swim will be good enough for me. But I do think it is great that you are doing this one. Guess I better get signed up soon. Dad

Anonymous said...

Youth!!!! I think you've bitten off a large challenge. Maybe you can ride one of those asian carp that got loose in Lake .Michigan.Rots of ruck. Opa

Tri Dave said...

Great aim for 2010. Looking forward to hearing about all of it.

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