Wow... what a weekend.
I have SO much to tell you guys about- like, um HELLO The Pioneer Woman pie workshop!- but I want to wait a few days on that post. Because it will be a doozy.
Today's big news? The Sprint Triathlon!
My friend Stephen took home the coveted beer mug since he came in 3rd in his age group! Impressive, huh?
I didn't take home a beer mug... but I certainly came away with a huge sense of accomplishment! It was one of the hardest physical tests I've ever been through- and I feel totally OK patting myself on the back for even finishing it!
The swim proved to be easier than ever; by the time I jumped in the pool, I was feeling calm & ready to go. I swam at a steady pace the whole way through and felt really good as I waded my way out of the pool...
... and onto "the hilly bike course from hell." My official name for it. If I was questioning what my weakest area is- it's totally biking. And this course was non-stop hills. On a highway. That definitely slowed me down a bit- but the parts of Claremore, OK I saw during the bike portion were gorgeous! What a great little town. From there, I jetted off to the run portion....
....where my intense hour on the bike caught up with me. Not my best-ever run, but definitely a solid performance overall! One hour, 38 minutes of extreme physical activity.
WHEW! At this moment in time, I'm actually considering doing a second one- just to see if I can improve my time a bit.
But don't hold me to it- it may just be the exhaustion speaking. :)
I'll tell you one thing- there's something to be said about putting yourself through an extreme challenge like this. Training for this sprint tri has made me feel physically healthier overall than I have in years.
And on a mental level- and even a spiritual one, at that- it's pretty incredible to spend an hour and a half in your own head. With cell phones and laptops and people and work constantly needing attention- it's cathartic to turn it all off for a while and spend some time with your own thoughts; praying, motivating yourself, playing into your strengths, bargaining with your weaknesses.
If I keep writing this post, I will definitely talk myself into doing another one of these.
Thanks for all the well wishes, congratulations & cheer leading! I'm thankful & proud tonight- and all of you are a part of that!
And co-workers... yes, I'm wearing my medal to work. But I'm also bringing Pie-oneer Woman Pie! So you'll just have to deal with it. :)