750 meter swim. 12 mile bike ride. 3.1 mile run.
That is what constitutes a sprint triathlon according to Wikipedia.
Technically, I completed one yesterday. It was not official by any means. But after I posted about swimming, biking and running the same day, I wanted to challenge myself.
So, that’s exactly what I did.
I woke up and headed straight for the pool. That 50 meter pool I mentioned in a previous blog. I swam 800 meters. Now, this was by no means fast. Not in the slightest. I think some of the swim team that was there probably swam 1600 meters in the time it took me to swim 800. Well, maybe not 1600, but you get the idea. When I timed my 50 meter lap I was swimming around a 1 minute 5 seconds per lap for the last 200 meters or so. However, my swimming endurance isn’t quite up to snuff so I take a brief break after the first 50 meters and a little bit longer break every 100 meters. That’s where the time gets me.
Anyway, I swam 800 meters! Woohoo!
Then I went home, changed into biking clothes and headed to Kyle’s house. He joined me on a 11 mile ride on the Greenway. Holy hills. Kyle mentioned it was a hilly course, but there is this one hill right before the turn around point that is pretty ridiculous. But we made it! And because I biked 1.5 miles to and from his house that put me at a 14 mile ride. The weather was actually quite nice for a ride. Overcast and cool from the thunderstorm the night before.
Then I had stuff to do. Envy had a flyball lesson with Julie out in Mebane. I needed a new phone. The house needed to be cleaned like whoa. I needed to mow the lawn. Stuff needed to get done. (BTW, mowing my backyard is much harder than mowing my front yard because it is downhill–but it also makes for a good workout!) So, I got quite a bit done–12 things on my ‘to do’ list if you were wondering…not even including the 4 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy I watched yesterday because I didn’t watch the second half of Season 10!
So, around 8pm last night, I pulled on my running shoes and ran 3.2 miles around my neighborhood. It was actually the fastest 3 miles I have run on my own without Shawn since the marathon. Not super fast (No sub 8-minute miles like she and I ran on Friday! Woot! Woot! And that was for 4 miles!), but faster than I have been going.
And there you have it. My first kind of, sort of unofficial sprint tri! I am super proud. I really never thought I’d do anything like this. But now I may or may not be interested in signing up for a real sprint tri. We will see. 🙂
But the weekend was great. A little socializing. A little relaxing. A lot of productivity. Just what I needed since I’m traveling the next three weekends in July. Yeah…I’m out of town a lot.
Just for kicks, here are some pictures of the girls:
Quote of the Day:
“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” -Wilma Rudolph
Eggs. I love eggs. I have made this omelette twice in the last week. For dinner, of course. Give it a try. The recipe makes two omelettes, so cut it in half like I did if you only want one!
Cream Cheese and Chive Omelette
– 4 eggs
– 2 tablespoons minced chives
– 2 tablespoons water or milk
– salt and pepper
– 2 ounces cream cheese, cubed
– In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Whisk the eggs, chives, water, salt and pepper. Add egg mixture to skillet (mixture should set immediately at edges).
– As eggs set, push cooked edges toward the center, letting uncooked portion flow underneath. When the eggs are set, sprinkle cream cheese on one side; fold other side over filling. Slide omelette onto a plate; cut in half.
Courtesy of Taste of Home