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Monday, September 27, 2010

It's Over


Do you remember a few weeks ago when I said I was really busy but couldn't say why? I posted about it here. Well the truth is I was training for the triathlon but didn't want to talk about it in case I wimped out and didn't finish. Getting up at 6 am on summer mornings to train really wasn't that fun.

After 3 months of running, biking and swimming until I wanted to scream, the big day finally came. This past Saturday I felt every one of my 45 years. The good news, I finished. The bad news, everyone and their grandmother seemed to pass me. And there may have been some bad language involved during the run. I also want to apologize to anyone who may have seen me during the second half of the run: I had to roll up my tank top and let my white flabby stomach get some air. No one should have to see that, but desperate times call for desperate measures. At least I had the sense of mind to roll it back down before the finish line.

I wasn't trying to break any records which was a good thing since my time was not great. I knew I was in trouble when I lined up on the beach with the other swimmers in my age group and realized I was the only one not in an official Speedo swimsuit. I stood out in my black tankini and polka dot bottoms. Shouldn't I get points for individuality? Anyone can be firm, fit and tan in a blue Speedo; so predictable. I am glad I completed the race, no walking, no crying, some cussing, but I don't care to repeat this experience...ever.

44 comments :

  1. Conatgrats!! What an amazing accomplishment.

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  2. 1,000 POINTS!!!

    Applause....kudos.....woop woop......and an extra woooohooooo for individuality!
    debra :-)

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  3. Congratulations!!!! I did my first sprint Tri in August, Mountain Lakes Triathlon. I was determined right when I finished that I'd never do it again. The run about KILLED me. But a few hours later I was thinking about the next one that I could sign up for. I am addicted now and can't wait for Tri season to start next year. I wrote a couple of post's about it on my blog.
    I was also not trying to break any records and doesn't it just make you want to drop a curse-bomb when someone who is double your weight, or age passes you!!! And who cares if you rolled your tank up, I am pretty sure that I saw some people that were in 2 piece speedo's that definitely should NOT have been. What's the point of showing all that? It doesn't make you that much faster.
    You should be SO very proud of yourself! The training alone is so hard and time consuming, like everyday you are doing something for it. Not many people can say that they are a Triathlete!! That's what everyone at my race kept telling me, that once you have finished your first Tri, you are an official Triathlete. Sounds cool to me! Sorry for the novel! Congrats again!

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  4. That's awesome!! Congrats!! I love the comment about the Speedo's...you should totally get the award for originality!

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  5. so very proud and happy for you. doesn't it feel great! Now go eat a whole bag of chips, some Reeses and a 2 liter coke. repeat again tomorrow if necessary.

    But where are BB's gobbers? I barely recognized him without them...

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  6. that is awesome! So proud of you!!!

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  7. Congratulations!! I would have died out there...

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  8. Congratulations - a huge feat!! I did a tri right before I got married and had my son and loved every minute of it. Ever since having my son, my body has changed and it has been so hard to get back out there!! My age isn't helping matters either!! You're a true inspiration - seriously!! Congrats, again!

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  9. Congrats! That is so awesome! I think you DO get extra points for style on swimwear! I bet your little kids will always remember when their MOM finished a triathlon...MAJOR COOL POINTS!

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  10. Good for you!! That is so impressive, truly. I've never been a swimmer (or cyclist for that matter), but one day I think I might shoot for a half marathon. Just haven't got there yet. You've inspired me to at least start thinking about it. Congrats, Sissy!

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  11. wow! A triathalon! that's an accomplishment to be proud of. I felt the same way when I did a puny little 5k - NEVER again! Congrats!

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  12. That is so amazing, congrats on such a great accomplishment!! And PS- there is NO way I would have ever guessed your age, you don’t look at day over 30, and I'm not just being nice, you really look amazing!

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  13. You should get points for not following the crowd in the swim competition. Good for you! I really want to train for a race (not swimming), but I just haven't jumped off the cliff. It awesome that you did it. Even if you never do it again, you can say you completed a triathlon once.

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  14. Congrats - that is so amazing!!!

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  15. Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment. Good for you Sissy. And your bathing suit choice?? The best. Who really wants to own a boob flattening speedo anyway?

    mb from Dallas

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  16. congratulations! i could NEVER and i mean NEVER wrap my brain around one of those!! you should be so proud!

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  17. Congrats! That is a huge accoplishment. Great work. Funny about the tankini. You get def. points for that.

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  18. Well done and utmost respect for the tankini and spots. Sinead x

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  19. Congratulations! I am so impressed with your dedication and stamina. You must feel wonderful (albeit sore)...and you cut a chic and dashing figure out there, I must say.

    I used to do triathlons back in the day and you have stirred up old memories. Yes, it was hard, yes, I was as slow as a turtle, but the adage about triathlons sticks: "It's a triathlon. All you have to do is try."

    Kudos to you!

    xx

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  20. I am so impressed Sissy! That is great- I can barely "speed walk" 3 miles on the tread mill!! Congratulations!

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  21. Oh, do I ever know the training that goes into tris! I have done numerous! Congratulations for finishing the race...you did it...your first tri! Way to go!

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  22. Sissy, I am so proud of you! That is awesome. I don't know how you did it--your little one is still pretty little. You give us hope!!!!

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  23. Wow! congratulations! I would never even attempt this. I can't imagine training for it and then all the running, oy!

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  24. CONGRATULATIONS! I wouldn't care if you had finished on Sunday - I would still be impress. Good for you.
    Best,
    Colleen

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  25. Wow well done! You must feel great....a huge achievement. KG

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  26. Well done! Congrats on your accomplishment.

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  27. way to go, sounds similar to my marathon experience except mine including walking and crying! it goes feel good to accomplish something that seemed impossible right?

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  28. congratulations!! what an accomplishment. i admire anyone who can run, swim, and bike... all in one day! pam

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  29. Sissy

    You make me laugh. I am so proud of you, and I'm glad you did it with style. Plus, you make it sound like this is your 1st, and I'm pretty sure it's not...xo

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  30. OMG YOU are amazing! My hero..WOW! And you look incredible! Seriously...I need some of that motivation over here. Did I mention that you look AMAZING!?

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  31. Well done! I've never entertained the thought of doing such a thing....I'm kinda lazy when it comes to working out ;)
    You're an inspiration! I'm going for a walk now.

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  32. Well done!!! I am supposed to be training for a very difficult hiking trip in Bhutan in mid October. I understand your pain but do not have your self discipline and will really pay for it once on the mountain at 15000 ft plus...i am actually very nerveous but counting on my will power to pull through. i have total admiration for your determination and achievment.

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  33. FANTASTIC.... wow...sooooo proud of you...xx pam

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  34. Congratulations!! That's awesome.

    Oh, and by the way, I hate you. ;-) I decided earlier this year that I hate people who do triathalons. I don't get why you'd want to do that to yourself? I also know that I'd pretty much die if I tried. So, out of fear of the unknown and jealousy - I hate triathaletes....

    But, seriously - congratulations! You finished, and I'm pretty sure that's the whole point.

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  35. Congrats on your hard work and the accomplishment!! We did our first one this summer and are hooked! Keep up the good work! *Amy

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  36. Amazing! You get full points for individuality and for doing a triathalon.

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