to tri or not to tri
I remember walking in a grocery store parking lot with three of my college roommates. Two are swimmers. I was asking them if they would continue swimming after college, which they replied “Probably, somehow.” Then they asked me if I would continue running: “Will you do a marathon?” “Probably not. I want to do a triathlon first.”
I totally forgot about that.
At the time, I never thought I’d have it in me to run 26.2 miles. But triathlons always seemed more interesting, more….fun. And for some reason, more feasible.
And since it’s tri season, I am itching to give it a go. However, after giving it some thought (with a dash of cynicism), I’ve run into some few problems:
- I can barely swim. Not totally sure if this will be a problem, but if I had to guess…I’d say YES. I just kinda suck at swimming. I can dominate the doggy paddle, but that’s the extent of it. And I hear when you’re swimming, you usually just get kicked in the face. (I don’t need any extra disadvantages.) Oh, and if it’s an ocean tri, it doesn’t help that I hate waves. (I don’t like large bodies of water crashing on me, weird I know.)
- I don’t own a bike. I lost my bicycle. It wasn’t stolen, I just…lost it. It was a fixed gear anyway, but my bikin’ muscles have not been properly worked in awhile. This became evident when I went to my first spin class and wanted to die from an asthma attack and sever lactic acid overload in my hamstrings. Why do people actually enjoy spinning?
- I like running fresh. The reason I enjoy running is, oh I dunno, I feel great while doing it. For some reason, I think by the time I hit the running part, my legs will be all JELL-O and this will make me angry and frustrated. Can I do the run first?
- I’d have to buy a lot of stuff. Triathlons are expensive. It’s like getting equipped for three sports! I’d probably need a swimsuit/wetsuit, flippers (JK), goggles, cycling shoes, helmet, BIKE, and lots of Gu. And then my wallet will probably yell at me.