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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Tri for Fun!?!

Two weekends ago, Tim & I went up to Sacramento to do a triathlon with my good friend, Elizabeth, and her friend Danielle. It was called Tri for Fun, allegedly followed a week later by the "Tri for Real." However, I felt that the one we did was, indeed, as real as it gets.
It began with a half mile swim. That's right, a HALF MILE. Now, the problem is, I am not a swimmer and I almost died in the lake (yes, lake). Let me tell you about swimming in a lake: there is no bottom to touch when you breathe in too much water and no wall to rest on when you get tired. There is also the added bonus of swimming through seaweed, which, frankly, is a very unsettling experience. Tim, of course, did awesome on the swim and rather than waiting for me, went on ahead to swim with the elites and finish a half hour ahead of me. Luckily, Elizabeth and Danielle were much nicer and had a chance to dry off, change, eat a quick snack and work on their tans while I doggy-paddled through the lake.
The swim was followed by a 16 mile bike ride, which was quite nice. A little difficult at the end, but not bad. The event culminated with a 5K (3.1 mile) run, which took place on a nicely soft, sandy trail. I thought the run was great, but then that was my event. Overall, I would totally do it again and now I know what I would need to do to train better.
Elizabeth & I showing off our awesomeness.

Somewhere there's a magazine missing its centerfold. Thanks, Elizabeth & Danielle. I know you probably could have ended faster, so thanks for waiting for me!


Kiwi said...

Way to go! Looks like you guys had lots of fun. Maybe one of these days I'll get back into shape and do another triathlon. Would you be interested in doing the Scott Tinley Triathlon in October as a relay? I'd be happy to do the swimming leg of the race.

Mark, Steph, & Alex Toone said...

Wow Ry, you are amazing! I could never do something like that. By the way, we are excited to be having another boy! I hope that I do have a girl someday though :)

Jena said...

Wow, you go girl! I wish I were that in shape - I only bike a couple miles a day with the kids - I like to tell myself it's a good workout because I pull the bike trailer with at least 60 pounds, but in reality it's not much ;-P Are you coming to the class reunion this summer?

Linds said...

Wow! You are such an athlete! I'm with you. I like to swim, but a big lake swim does not sound very much fun. Way to go! Your San Franciso trip sounds fun too!

Thompson Family Blog said...

Arya, you look great! I have been wanting to call you to tell you I am going to do a "give it a triathalon" with our Relief Society here. It has really made me miss you. You are such an inspiration in so many ways!


Lorne said...

oh so fun, it brings back memories of a similar race I did with my sister a while back... someday I would love to do one again, and I'm all for the "fun" one's- shorter distances are doable. great job! -keely