Here’s my top 11 random thoughts during a 25 mile bike ride in 90 degree weather today.
1. Is the wind ever, ever at your back? I mean ever?
2. And will I ever be able to catch my breath?
3. Why do I sweat another 30 minutes after I stop exercising?
4. Should I wear underwear under my tri-suit? It’s kind of like a swimsuit, so… (I’ve tried both ways and I don’t have a preference.)
5. Maybe I won’t do another triathlon.
6. Maybe I will do another triathlon.
7. Why do I have to see flattened frogs and chipmunks on the blacktop?
8. Why couldn’t I remember any other lyrics to “Clap For The Wolfman” by The Guess Who except…
Seventy-five or eighty miles per hour, she hollered slow, slow, slow
Baby, I can stop right on a dime
I said, hey, baby, give me just one kiss – she said no, no, no
Here are the complete lyrics on You Tube; it really is a fun song.
9. Screaming is a powerful tool. (Yes, there is a story here, but this is a short post, so I’ll save it until later.)
10. Sweat dripping in your eyes really does sting. If I wear a sweat band, will I look too 80’s?
11. Again, thanks to Coach Suzanne at Forging the Athlete for this quote: WE ARE CAPABLE OF MORE THAN WE THINK WE ARE! I kept repeating that over and over as I climbed hill after hill.
Four more days. (I really am excited.) ~ JD here.
PS: If you want the blow-by-blow of my running and triathlon experience, it’s on my A Running Journal page. 🙂
Flattened frogs on the blacktop? LOVE
Oh, dear, Jean. I thought you liked amphibians. I cringe no matter what I see…
Hey, What an exciting time for you. I am cheering for you on the sidelines. For every flattened frog or chipmunk there is another being born somewhere! Life is impermanent. The cycle of life continues.
Thanks Diane, both for the support and the perspective. I appreciate it.
After this is over – will you clean my cushions on the porch? 30 minutes?
Uh, sure, Paula. Can my husband help? 🙂
First, no underwear with the tri suit. The chamois is there to wick away the moisture and not let bacteria build up. Second, you’re going to LOVE it. You’re doing a great job getting ready, and in the end, finishing is really all that matters. You are awesome with all that you’ve already accomplished just in preparing to do the triathlon.
Jen, thanks so much for such practical advice and for all your support! I go back and forth between nerves (I think it’s the open swimming with the possibility of getting whacked in the face) and excitement! Three more days!
I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I don’t know who you are but certainly you are going to be a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!
Well, I’m glad you ended up here! Thanks! 😉
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