So, back on Tuesday, I followed Wendy's link to Luke's blog where he was hosting a virtual half ironman. 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run between 12/20 and midnight 12/24. Seeing as my longest ever swim was 100 yards and back in August and we're busy as all get-out getting ready for Christmas, I knew there was no way I could complete this race in the alotted time.
So, naturally, I signed up.
The one thing in my favor was that Tuesday was my last day of school before Christmas break. Things not in my favor included the following: I was starting a day late, see above re: swimming, Tuesday evening was comprised of my husband's work party followed by 4 hours out of town because of my son's volleyball practice, and my husband was less than enthused by the whole prospect.
Here's how it went down:
3:05 Sign up
3:15-11:00 Husband work party/commute/son's volleyball practice/commute
11:30 Run 4 miles in my neighborhood
10:30 a.m. Swim 1,250 yards (it took me 39 minutes; I had to rest after every 1-2 laps)
Christmas shopping, lunch out with husband, 1st grader's Christmas party
4:30 p.m. Run 2 miles on the trails
11 p.m. Ride 20 miles on stationary bike
8:30 a.m. Ride 21 miles on stationary bike
12 p.m. Drop off son at basketball practice and go run 4 miles on trails
1 p.m. Swim remaining 875 yards (took me 30 minutes, lots of rest) Swim finished!
9:00 a.m. Run 3.1 miles with my brother--Run finished!
10:00 p.m. Ride 15 miles on stationary bike--Bike finished!
So, my total time (including 3 1-minute penalties for eating cookies and 6 1-minute subtractions for "liking" sponsors) was 6:34:02. And I am a virtual half ironman. :)
And check out the pictures from my morning run. My brother from Wisconsin ran with me (or, more to the point, I dragged after him). The run was notable for a couple reasons: my brother was both sober and not hungover and we got to run in the snow. The meteorologists had been forecasting a white Christmas, and a few snowflakes were falling as I left the house to pick up Jim. They multiplied quickly and were starting to cover the ground as we set off.
|He's from Wisconsin. He's tough...and, uh, didn't have running pants.|
|Still smiling, counting down til I'm finished.|
It was really fun running in the snow, though I was pretty wet and a little envious of my brother's jacket. I mentioned that I needed to get one, which is funny because when we opened Christmas presents tonight, he'd bought me a sweet jacket that'll be great for running and hiking. It was coming down pretty good, and by the time we headed back to the car, the roads and ground were mostly covered. Only the grass was showing through, and it's all covered by now.
|GREAT day for a run!|
I'm in awe of people who actually compete in the half and full ironman competitions. Amazing! I've been dragging all week from getting in these workouts, and I've been able to do it bit by bit. I can't imagine doing one after the other. So impressive. Even so, I'm proud of myself. I really went into this not at all expecting to finish, but when the swim went OK on the first day, I realized I could do it. And I am nothing special. If I could finish this, so could anyone. It's just like that quote from Winnie the Pooh says:
You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.So believe in yourself. You can do so much more than you realize. I'm so glad I tried this. And I'm almost as glad that I don't have to do it anymore tomorrow! :)