Monday, July 28, 2008

Spudman Memoir

I made it through the Spudman triathlon this weekend. I felt great about my swim, terrible about my bike, and when I say "my bike" I mean the bike I was riding because I worked my butt off and the machine just wasn't working for me. The run was a battle because I cramped up a lot between 1.5 miles and 4 miles, but I was able to finish the last 2 miles steady so I was happy about that. The sad part of the race was finishing to find out a 60 year old businessman named Donald Morehouse died in Wave 6 of the swim. (I was in Wave 5). The 7th wave of swimmers did not swim out of respect for his family. I am curious to find out what caused him to go under because he wasn't far from the start--not even past the end of the boat docks from what I understand. I LOVE the swim, and although I feel terrible about his death it doesn't scare me to swim in the river. The local triathletes have a couple swims scheduled this week, one on Friday for those swimmers who were in the 7th wave and didn't get to swim in the Spudman. I think that's a good thing.

It was interesting that my dad told me that he thought doing the Spudman was a waste of time, at least, he said, doing only a portion of it was a waste of time and he wished I would spend my time doing something like golfing. "It just takes too much time to be really good at it." Interesting response to my dad should have been this quote: "There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few that will capture your heart. Pursue those."

I have had a lot of things capture my heart, and there's no doubt I have to prioritize because I can't do everything. But without a doubt, swimming in the Spudman is one of those things that is just exhilerating to me and has captured my heart to the extent I plan to do it every year as long as I can get in to the race. I love the challenge of completing the entire race, but it's also fun to be on a team so I can focus on my favorite part. Anyway, what my dad said made me step back and look at why I'm spending precious time on this yearly endeavor, and I have no regrets. And next year, when I take more time to train than I did this year, I won't have regrets because I think I'm a better mom when I take the time to train.

On another note, I need to start saving for a good road bike!

1 comment:

Haguewood Family said...

Good job in the Spudman! Only you would be able to pull that off. I hope you get a road bike!