In one week I begin my beginner swimming lessons. In one week and one day I start a two day a week bootcamp.
But by far the biggest news was that I met the woman who would be training me for the triathlon, Suzanne.
I was WAY nervous to meet her – the woman races as a pro in Ironman Triathlons. Last year she raced the Ironman Muskoka in 5:01:13 – splitting it up that’s a 28:55 for a 2k swim, 2:48 for a 94km bike ride and 1:39 for a 21km run. In August 2012 she ran a 10k in 39:39.
Last week I got tired walking through Walmart.
She is fabulous. Also, super cute too. You know when you meet someone and hit it off right away? That’s Suzanne. Plus she didn’t make me feel dumb for asking the questions that keep me up at night. Because it’s not the actual swimming, running and biking that worry me it’s things like “How do I find my bike?” (there are tricks to finding it fast) and “What if I feel like I’m drowning?” (you won’t, don’t worry) and “Am I supposed to wear something under my wet suit? How do I get changed out in public??”
And when I panicked about the bike “What do you mean I have to ride a bike where my feet are clipped onto the pedals????” she calmed me down.
I seriously think they’re overestimating my coordination on that one.
She is so nice and smiley and calming that she had me *thisclose* to committing to race the Olympic distance. And that’s while we were in a Starbucks. Can you imagine if we went out for actual drink drinks?
Anyway, Suzanne is currently making me a training schedule and I’ll have access to it through some program called TrainingPeaks. Do you know what that means? It means it makes me accountable. There is no willy nillyness to this. I will get a schedule of what I need to do for that week and I need to do it. If I don’t, I need to let her know that as well. Pretty sure excuses like “The flu hit our house and I spent the last 48 hours catching vomit in my hands” are acceptable and “My wine glass was calling me” are not.
Oh my god, I’m really doing this. In 202 days I’m racing in a triathlon.
Also, there is the potential of me not being beat by my kids when we do dryland training next summer.
p.s. There’s this really cool countdown button on the Toronto Triathlon Festival website that I want to put on Speed Skating Mom because I find it super scary to know how many days I have left and I like to mess with myself like that so I emailed Jeff to find out how I can get it but I think he’s still sleeping.
p.p.s. In the hyperlink to the Toronto Triathlon Festival above I missed linking the “T” in Toronto and it’s totally bugging me but I’m going to see how long I can leave it like that because training is not only physical, it’s about mental fortitude.
p.p.p.s. I lasted about three minutes and had to hyperlink the “T” because I couldn’t stand it anymore. I’m screwed.