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Sep. 9th, 2007 05:36 pm
topaz: (respect the bike)
[livejournal.com profile] keyne took these and many other fabulous pictures today: 4 pix )
topaz: (grinnybike)
Readers of my "triathlon" filter may have noticed that I haven't posted to it much in the last month.  That's because there hasn't been much to post.  When we left for Maine in August, my training went down the drain and I never really got it back together.  I've still been biking to work, and that sure helps a lot, but I have been doing almost no swimming or running.

So I went into this morning's triathlon mostly unprepared.  My goal today was to finish without dying.  If I was really lucky, I might not get so discouraged that I wouldn't want to do it again.

And so?

I had a blast. )

One of the most interesting things about this event were the other participants:

1.  They were all really collegial.  When we were all standing around at the start of the race, and at the finish line afterward, everyone was really friendly and cheerful.  I expected a very unfriendly elite-athlete vibe.  Not in the slightest.  It was possibly the most chummy athletic event I can recall ever having attended.  That was a really lovely thing and helped set the tone for the rest of the day.

2. A lot of them were not visibly athletic.  [livejournal.com profile] keyne took photographs which confirmed my hypothesis: no matter how out of shape you are, or how ridiculous you think you look in a Speedo, there is going to be someone else competing who is worse off than you.  I liked that a lot too.  It made me feel really good about the social dynamics of the event.

I am so grateful: to [livejournal.com profile] keyne for getting up at the ass-crack of dawn with me on this fool's errand and for taking such fantastic pictures of the day, to [livejournal.com profile] omegabeth for being an unfailing support all along and for being the awesomest running buddy ever, and to [livejournal.com profile] mort, [livejournal.com profile] kcatalyst, [livejournal.com profile] aroraborealis and everyone else who has been giving moral support along the way. So much rockage.

Overall it was an unqualified win for fun.  I have no doubt I'll be doing another one of these.  Maybe even before the end of the year!
topaz: (arrr!)
It is important to me that this be made clear:

Whatever SMACK-ADDLED lunatic thought that it was POSSIBLE for a human being to run for THREE MINUTES at a stretch badly needs to be RESTRAINED firmly and BEATEN with a WET CROWBAR.
topaz: (Quinn - bike)
This message is generated as confirmation of your recent registration on Active.com. You have been successfully registered for the following:
Registration: Leventhal Sidman JCC 8th Annual Triathlon
Purchase Date: 07/06/07
Category: individual
Event Date: 09/09/07
Name: Tim Pierce

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