triathlon lite

Today was an er-er-early morning! I’ve been trying to get to the gym as close to 5 am as possible this whole time but it seems a great deal earlier when your required to be there at 5. It also doesn’t help that I’ve been finding it challenging to fall asleep at 10:30. You would think I could considering all the early mornings. If I was to go to bed at say 8 I’d be fine but there is something about 9 pm that causes me to catch a second wind and then I’m doomed!

Alissa had warned us that we’d be doing a triathlon and I had the whole weekend to stew about it. In all the morning called for us to jog 3 miles, bike 12.5 miles and swim 6 laps (250 yds) and it took me the entire 2 hours to finish it. Forget all the rhapsodizing I did about jogging a 12 minute mile. It took me 60 minutes to finish 3 miles. We ran from the SA to Romney stadium and back and the addition of the slight up-hilled nature of the run completely set me back. It took me about 40 minutes to finish the biking (on a stationary bike) and then I was able to do the swimming laps in about 10 minutes. It wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it was going to be. I think I could have been faster running too but Alissa waited for me at the stadium and went back with me (because I was in a slo-pokey last place!). It was too intimidating to try and run with her right there and I am way too contrary so I didn’t really push it like I should have going back. I suspect I could have done quite a bit better if I’d been on my own. I was very deeply in last place by the time I finished the running but was able to catch up on the bike so I finished around the same time as most of the team (thank you Offspring, Rooney, MGMT, Foo Fighters, She Wants Revenge, etc for supplying my ipod with the necessary biking beats!). I was pretty sure after that first hour that I was going to be the big stinkin’ loser of the morning so it’s nice that I was able to turn it around. I’d probably be willing to try this again and it would be interesting to see if I could complete things faster. As it stands though I won’t be doing an 5k’s anytime soon!



  1. Teresa Said:

    Karen–you did great! I think there is a huge difference between running around a track and running outside on terrain. Woot Woot! Way to go!

  2. wyogranny Said:

    Today I carried three boxes out tp the car and had to sit down and catch my breath!. Good for you on your triathalon. Dad is impressed!

  3. Bridge Said:

    I have never done a Triathlon. Congrats!

  4. Lisa Said:

    WOW! *jaw dropping* Was being a triathlete on your life list before or after being photographed for a tabloid? That is awesome!! Way to catch it up on the detestable bike! And I second Teresa in comparing the treadmill to the real world (especially campus hills!!) You rock, my friend!

  5. dru babe Said:

    WOW!!!! That’s amazing!!!! Good for you!!! Run 3 miles!!!!! That would be
    impossible for me!!!!

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