Last Saturday I did my first triathlon in well over a year...back when I signed up in March, I was thinking that Logan would settle into a nap routine, that I'd be able to work out in the morning before work or at night after L went to sleep...and that getting to working out again would be easy.
Was I wrong.
I finally started "training" for this triathlon (I registered for the Olympic distance - 1 mile swim, 26 mile bike and a 10k run) about when I started working again. I was getting in about 2-3 workouts a week - usually centered around Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Mistake #1. However, I was making progress - it was great to feel that I had not lost all of my fitness while my exercise declined in the first 2 months when I did't do a whole lot of anything except walking the dog and baby presses / curls.
By about a month before the race, I had done all the components, individually. Plus - the race was out in Ocean Shores - so uber-flat. All my training (except for the swimming!) had been done in hilly kitsap county. So I felt good about being mostly ready for this event. I knew it would be tough, but I had the confidence that I would be able to muscle through it.
Then, Logan got an ear infection. I was able to run a time or two after that, but my evenings were pretty much shot - after taking care of a sick kid all day (or coming home and making dinner / dishes after Joe stayed home once), I just didn't feel like working out. Even though there's that thing in me (and probably you!) that goes "Man, I don't want to go for that run / bike / swim - I'm so stinking tired" EVEN THOUGH I know how good I'll feel when I'm done. I'm energized, I'm not sitting like a sloth on the couch every evening, my mind is sharper. It's just a great feeling.
There was that week..and then I got sick. I probably had the flu - fever, cough, sinus pressure. But, I was still going into work (sorry, everyone! I didn't want to deal with the boss's response if I called in) and I was so completely wiped out in the evenings. Rest was better for me. And then I was still sick...for three weeks total. I got zero workouts done in those two weeks.
Race weekend rolls around. I headed out to Ocean Shores for my first night away from Logan. I was impressively non-obsessive about every detail before I left. I filled up Logan's bottles mostly, kissed him goodbye, gave a couple of tips for the evening / morning and took off. I knew that it would go swimgingly for Joe.
The hotel was a little Quality Inn. I must say - all the travel for work has spoiled me. I'm used to air conditioning, quiet rooms....this was a nice enough place, but the walls were thin so kids (probably 20-somethings) in the room above me kept me up until about 11pm. And then there were thunderstorms, which I've never been able to sleep through. And then I woke up to pump...and then woke up again to get going for the race. It was not a restful night.
I got all ready for the event - pumped one last time, had a good breakfast and was chilling with my friend Paula while we were waiting to start. The swim started....and it was awful. Truly awful. I barely made it to .25 miles - and was super slow up until our turn around buoy - I was swimming with my goggles up, backstroke, whatever. It was not good. FInally at .5 miles, I settled down and cranked out the rest of the swim - but I was done by then. I wasted a good 10 minutes in the water and was one of the last 3 out of the lake. And I was hungry already. Not a good sign.
I ate and hopped on the bike. Within 5 miles I knew that i finished the Oly distance, it wasn't going to be pretty. So, about a half mile past the sprint bike turn around, I turned around...and finished the sprint distance. Pretty disheartening - I had really wanted to make this my first Oly finish. But it wasn't meant to be. I finished strong - my times were decent. But, it just didn't feel great.
So, I still have an elusive first Oly tri that I need to get done. Probably not this year, though. I have a 33 mile pie ride coming up on Bainbridge Island, a 10 mile run and then three (!!) half marathons this fall. I think that's probably enough!