I have fully committed, by hitting the notorious “submit” button (aka investing a lot of money) to my FIRST EVER triathlon! Yep, on June 7 I will be headed to Boise to compete in my first half Ironman distance triathlon.
A couple days ago I posted a blog about signing up for my first marathon, with no prior running experience, and everything I learned as a beginner to the sport. I am one who believes that the only way you can truly experience something and know what something feels like, is to go out and do it. My rationale behind the post wasn’t to venture back to my “amateur” days, but to convince myself that anything is possible if I am confident and have the will, drive, heart, and determination to succeed.
Well, once again I have done something completely out of my comfort zone, something that I have never done before. I have signed up for Ironman Boise 70.3 → my first triathlon ever. I have been playing with the idea of doing a triathlon for some time now, after listening to others stories, watching the joy on people’s faces as they cross the finish line, getting to know people in the triathlon community, and wanting a new challenge for myself. Honestly though, my fear of failure and the unknown has held me back and made me doubt that this is truly possible.
Before signing up, I was questioning my abilities and whether I should try a few sprint or Olympic distance races first. I only started swimming a month ago and have never swum in a “race” environment before or in open water… just in the comfort of our local indoor 4-lane pool. I must be crazy right?
Yes. Well, not really. I feel completely comfortable and confident on the bike and run. If I can just make it through the 1 mile, 1 loop swim, I will be golden. However, here are the worries that circulate through my mind as I start thinking about the swim:
1) Drowning (first and foremost)
2) Getting kicked in the lip, eye, head, or any other important body part
3) Not finishing. Therefore, drowning
4) Swimming in the wrong direction and ending up stranded and alone
That about sums it up. But I guess these feelings are similar to those I had when signing up for and running my fist marathon. Will I finish? Will my body hold up? Will I survive?
Well, all I can do is tri. ☺ Everyone has to start somewhere. No matter if you are considering a 5K, half-marathon, triathlon, or marathon, there is a starting point for everyone. And I say bravo for stepping up to the challenge. Even if I were to do a sprint or Olympic distance, it would still not be the same and will never be the same as a 70.3 or full Ironman. So, I might as well as go all out and make the challenge worth the effort and time I am willing to put in. This is going to be scary – but it’s about time I do something that scares me and challenges me again.
I am looking forward to tracking my training and progress, and everything I learn from this experience as a newcomer, and to look back at this FIRST post one day and say, “YES, I did it!”
Any advice out there for surviving the swim?
What is your most memorable triathlon or race?