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Yes, I managed to run, bike AND swim!

And finished in 2:44:32. So now I think I have found my new gig. Yup, perhaps it is time for me to give up my day job and become a professional triathlon-er. Bagel shop by day! Triathlon-er by night. (Maybe I should work on the lingo first!)

I can safely say I loved every grueling minute of it – from the 4:30AM wake-up call, to the nice little dip in the freezing cold lake almost four hours later.  I would take the triathlon over the marathon any day.  No blisters, no toe damage, no three-days of immobility – just some sore “biking muscles” and the number ‘5026’ tattooed all over my body in black permanent marker. (Two showers later and it’s still there) I must say that the triathlon plays perfectly into my “lack of attention span” (hence ‘goldfish’) as the change up of events kept me on my toes – at least the four that are left after the marathon last year. jk, kinda)

I am also thinking that I will start the  “Angela Self School of Triathlons”. It will be geared towards those triathlon-ers who “prefer to prepare not to prepare” or “like to ignore stuff until it is staring them in the face”.  I learned this tactic as an employee at IBM (since unless it was happening in the next 24-hours it just wasn’t on your radar!) and will continue to use it until proven wrong, which is bound to happen no doubt.  I think I will charge enough to offset my expenses on the professional circuit. (Info-mercial to follow)

I will end with some pictures (of course!) and some other ‘Notes from Self’. *Photos courtesy of Mr. Engineer Boyfriend.

  • Eat Jason’s Deli for lunch and Penny’s(Thai) for dinner. Do NOT eat at Portillo’s. Shocking I know, but I did the Portillo’s thing before the marathon last year and didn’t fare as well. *Note, while the pink donut with sprinkles will also work, this should only be eaten when you will be doing the swim only.
  • DO fall into the “reverse psychology” trap. I did. This way when someone like Mr. Engineer Boyfriend says “you don’t stand a chance in the swim”, you can keep repeating that to yourself while you are scraping seaweed off your goggles and inhaling nasty lake water and decide “whatever, let them eat wake!”. *Note, this has worked for quite sometime, just ask the “iPhone hating guy” from the Blackberry post back in ’08 – he’ll tell you about the tree trunk episode way back when.
  • DO NOT know how to change a bike tire. It’s overrated. I just don’t think girls change tires. That is what we have boyfriends for. I don’t want that horrible black chain grease stuff on my hands anymore then you do. Less is more in my opinion. The less you know the better off you’ll be.

Wondering what I am about to get myself into.

I’m the one with the green goggles.

ah, iPhone. First thing I did was to get you back in my hands again.

note, I am freezing here.

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6 Responses

  1. […] doodaddy wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt*Note, this has worked for quite sometime, just ask the “iPhone hating guy” from the Blackberry post back in ‘08 – he’ll tell you about the tree trunk episode way back when. DO NOT know how to change a bike tire. It’s overrated. … […]

  2. Well done, congrats. I would like to know more about the non-preparation. One of the following must be true:

    1. Triathlons aren’t as hard as I thought.
    2. You are under-selling the quality and intensity of your pre-race training.
    3. You are a better athlete than I gave you credit for (which seems highly unlikely, am I right?)

  3. @aw2pp – it was all in the Turkey Wrap from Jason’s Deli. The meal of champions 🙂 I will never reveal my true secrets/startegies!!!

  4. triathlon??? Nienke does Ironman… seriously – but it’s OK I understand that you’re just not strong/tough enough to do one of those 😉

    (that should do it – Look forward to reading the ironman post)

  5. @friend Just because one can carry a dried out log down a quarter mile stretch to later use as a planter/termite gathering place does not mean one can also do an Iron Man. I’m not buyin’ it. Go back to your blackberry 😉

  6. They have Jason’s deli here? I thought Jason didn’t migrate out of Texas.

    I am too suburban, I guess.

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