Friday, April 21, 2006

Tri, Tri Again

Many of you know that Andy and I like to compete against eachother on just about everything. But to hone our skills we periodically do organized events, too. In all seriousness, we do races and triathlons just to give me a reason to work out on a routine basis. If I didn't have goals or challenges like this I'm sure I'd opt to sit on the sofa instead!

Well, we did our first triathlon this year. Eventhough it's considered a Sprint (because it's only 1/4 mile swim, 10 mile bike, 3.1 mile run), it's still not only the longest one we've done (previous years' races were shorter runs), but the earliest in the season. The ocean can still be a little choppy in April, and it's only in the mid-70's. Brrrrrr. But we knew a bunch of people doing it, so we said "What the heck!"

Here are just some of the people we know who raced. Everyone did great! What matters to me is finishing, and meeting your personal goal - whatever that may be. Andy and I both came in ahead of our anticiapted times, which was exciting because we didn't really get to train enough, but here's the bummer: he BEAT me! Yep, Andy came in 1 min 7 secs ahead of me. That was the first tri he beat me on. Maybe I should quit giving him pointers? After analyzing the race times I realized I could've shaved some time off in my transitions. But, I'll tell you, it's hard to move fast between sports when your body keeps saying, "just another minute to breathe, find something else to do, stay here for awhile, noooo don't start the next sport!"

Vicky, her husband Ryan, and his mother threw a wonderful after-triathlon brunch at his mom's house. This gave us the opportunity to re-hash stories from the morning, congratulate each other, catch up on life, and EAT. It was great.

We have a couple more triathlons on our schedule this summer - one in May and one in July. Unless friends talk us into some others. Steph and Erica tried to get us to do one this Sunday, but it's Earth Day! Yea, we'll use excuses like this to get out of a race. We'll be thinking of you!


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