Yeah. So. I just registered for another race.
No worries though — this one’s a sprint and it’s just for fun.
The DC Tri sprint last year (2010) was my first triathlon ever and absolutely the experience that got me hooked on this crazy sport. I signed up because I was looking for something to do after I got shut out of the North Face Endurance Challenge 50K, trained for a few weeks and showed up on race day with very little clue as to what I was getting myself into. I didn’t know anyone in the DC Tri Club at that point, was still getting comfortable riding my bike after a seven-year hiatus and had zero open water experience.
Well, I knew I was second or third out of the water in my wave, but as soon as I ran out of T2, a bike pulled up next to me and told me I was the first female on the course. Since the run is my strongest leg, I passed a bunch of men, upped my gap over the girl behind me and crossed the line first. It was AWESOME. The bike escort guy was giving me updates as he rode next to me for the entire run. I ended up coming in third overall (my wave was first) and handily won my age group. I quickly concluded that I’d found my sport and went home to sign up for more races.
Which brings me to today. High Cloud had a few free entries to spare — which is key, since the sprint costs a crazy $135 — so I snagged one. I’m really excited to do a short race in the midst of all my IM training and to see the crazy number of triathletes I know who will be competing or spectating or volunteering throughout the weekend. Plus, the course is fun, the race is local and it’s an opportunity for me to just go out and enjoy swim/bike/run without a lot of planning or nutrition prep or post-race recovery time.
So, see y’all out there? June 19!