On this, the morning of what I hope is my last podiatrist appointment until I have a head full of gray hair, I told my trainer: “I have a new goal… I want to do a triathlon, a sprint triathlon.”
“Your goal,” he kindly but sternly said, “should be to have two shoes.”
My trainer Ryan, who I met when I signed up for bootcamp in January, has seen the injury transform from one to three. He became my trainer after I had to drop out of bootcamp. And he’s always at the gym, which is pretty motivating, since I’m usually in the door by 5:30 a.m., 6 on days I need to sleep in. When I’m any later than that, I’m always sure to hear a “you’re late!” from somewhere inside the gym.
I’m good at keeping myself accountable, but it’s nice to have a back-up.
That’s probably why I waited until today to tell him about my new goal.
“I want to be a (sprint) triathlete. I am very excited about all my swimming. Who has tips for good first races?”
Getting ahead of myself? Probably.
But I’ve had my ass planted on a bike for months now. I’ve taken up swimming. I hope to run when I’m well. Why not put them all together? Cross-training is widely accepted as a good way to prevent injury.
On top of that, I firmly believe it’s helpful to have a goal to get me through what in the past has been utterly depressing.
Several of my social media (and real life) friends threw out some great ideas for first-timers:
- Naperville Triathlon
- Pleasant Prairie Triathlon
- Naperville has an event in the U.S. Women’s Triathlon Series
- Go Girl Triathlon in Indianapolis
But the one that really caught my eye was a half sprint. What could be better for someone like me who has kept in relatively good shape for the last five months of injury?
Fleet Feet Chicago puts on one of these bad boys this summer, and I’ve got my eye on it.
The Chicago Super Sprint, held on Aug. 28, features an easy .25-mile swim, a 6.2-mile bike ride and a 1.55-mile run. I could probably do all those distances without even training. (But that’s inviting injury, so I won’t.)
Fingers crossed that I meet my first goal tonight: The doctor’s OK to ditch the cast and the boot in favor of a second shoe.