Monday, March 10, 2014

It's My First Time by Hilary

"It's my first time." 
I've been saying that a lot lately. 
Most of you know I will try just about anything once. Just about. A few of you know the one thing I WON'T try. But it's not really blog-able. 
Anyway, I'm VERY excited to announce that I'm adding another FIRST to my list: I'm officially an ambassador for my first-ever triathlon, the Esprit de She in Tempe. 
You can read about it here:
Being an ambassador basically means I get my picture on the website (it's not up yet but rest assured I'll tell you when it is!) AND I'm going to start pressuring all of you to sign up for a race. Ha! 
So here's the scoop: if you remember, my good friend A talked me into doing not 1 but 2 triathlons with her this year. 
It went something like this: 
A: "Hey, there's this really cool half-Ironman next October and the registration opens tomorrow. You have to sign up right at 9 when it opens. It's going to sell out." 
[NOTE: A half-Iron man is approximately 1.2 miles swimming, 56 miles biking, and 13 miles running.]
Me: "I'm not sure I'm ready for that." 
A: "You have a year. You can do it. I'll help you. Just get on right at 9 tomorrow morning and sign up." 
Me: "I don't have a bike." 
A: "I'll help you find one cheap." 
Me: "I don't swim."
A: "You will." 

[THIS IS A. If you see her on the street, give her a big high 5 for getting me out of my comfort zone. I mean WAY out.]
So - that's in October and we decided I should do at least one triathlon before that to get the feel for transition zones and for swim, bike, running all right in a row. 
A had done the Esprit de She last year and loved it, so she chose this one. 
It's about a .9-mile swim, 28-mile bike, and 6-mile run. 
[NOTE: The cool think about this triathlon is that you can also sign up for a shorter triathlon or for a DUATHLON, which is just biking and running.]
Anyway, as you know, I just started biking a couple of months ago. I've gotten past the "right, left, don't freak out" phase and now I'm in the, "C'mon, Hilary, you don't have to apply your brakes the entire time you're going downhill" phase.  
I've already logged a few hundred miles on the bike and yesterday had my best ride yet. 
I started swimming a few weeks ago and what I like the most about it is that I look like this when I'm doing it:
So the first time I swam, I could swim 2 laps in a row without stopping. But by last week, I managed to swim 50 laps with only one break. My mom is a swim coach at the local high school (Go Bears!) and has been coaching for a long time, so she's been giving me pointers.
The thing that really has the potential to stop me in the swimming portion of the race is a toe cramp. Seriously.
Although I'm not gonna lie, I'm freaked out about swimming with like hundreds of other women in a LAKE. 
And running - I'm fine. I started out running, so I've been doing that for a while now. I am pretty sure I can make it through 6 miles as long as I am still alive and haven't drowned during the swim. 
So I'll probably be blogging about triathlon-related stuff a bit more as we get closer partly because I need an outlet for my nerves (yes, I still feel like throwing up every time I go for a bike ride or a swim) and partly because I want to talk you into signing up. 
If the triathlon and duathlon stuff isn't your style, the same company who puts on Esprit de She also puts on some running-only races. 
So - go here to learn more:
And if you register, be sure to use this special code: EDS61 to let them know I sent you. 
What are your firsts for this year? What have you tried already? What do you want to try? 

1 comment:

Amanda said...

Love this post! You are already improving so much. Way to go! Can't wait to do our Esprit de She tri in May. Keep up the good work!