I had my last baby 15 months ago and I have been trying to get back into shape. Right before I got married (14 years ago) I signed up with MIT for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to do the DAM (It was my personal DAMN) Triathlon and had NO CLUE what I was doing. I was getting planning a wedding, helping my mom refurbish their 200+ year old house, moving to a new city, trying to train for this (DAMN/DAM) Triathlon and raise funds. I didn’t know many people so I did a lot of random things to raise money. I did bake sales, I printed letters and walked around neighborhoods and spoke to people and talked to family members.
As for the training well let’s just say I was clueless. I tried to train and I felt good about the swimming but the stamina I had no clue about. Nor did I have a clue about how the whole transitioning from event to event worked… So after I raised the money, off I went to the DAM (DAMN!) Triathlon. The hotel was cool and the people were super nice. I can’t say at this time I remember much more. My mom and sister came to support me which was fantastic. So when the guys were unloading our bikes one commented about mine being a mountain bike (So? It’s a bike right? apparently NOT.) They told me not to worry about it, I should be fine (uh-oh).
The next morning the Triathlon starts and I start off strong with the swimming. I am freaked out though because I never swam outside, just in the nice pool at the Rec center. I did fine, mom said I came out in first 25% of the pack so I was happy. I didn’t swim in a swimsuit because I didn’t want to change so I just put on a pair of shorts and tank top and off I went on my bike. Everything I heard and read said the bike is the easiest part and that is when you can catch your breathe and refuel for the run. So I was feeling good. But remember the mountain bike thing? Oh and when they pulled it off the bike one of the bike tech guys said my brake was leaning on my wheel just a little bit and he TRIED to fix it but wasn’t sure it would be permanent because he didn’t have all his stuff with him…UH-OH. So without going into to too many details basically it was miserable, the bike wasn’t a break, I didn’t get to refuel and I when I thought I was done after going up the HIGHEST bridge I have ever seen (probably not but it felt like it on my bike) the volunteers at the race yelled, “good job on the first loop!” Wait, WHAT???? I had to go around again?!?!?! I almost broke down and cried right there and then. I was so exhausted and the thought of the bridge again just crushed my soul. That is how this became and will always be known (by me) as the DAM/DAMN Triathlon. After the race I found out my brake was on my wheel the whole time just a little but enough to slow me down especially going down hills, uh. AND a mountain bike is NOT a good bike for a road race-common sense eluded me. To finish, I finished exhausted but I had done it.
So fast forward back to today. That was not a great experience for me so I need some revenge! I don’t know if they still do that particular Triathlon (not gonna lie, didn’t look too hard!) But I found the Chicago Triathlon and it looks awesome! AND I can raise money for an great charity! (more about this in another post).
So please follow my blog as a navigate through this Triathlon training, hopefully much smarter than the first time!!
And if you feel compelled to contribute to my race below is my Link, anything would be awesome, thanks so much!!!