Alright, people. It’s time for this month’s One New Thing post, in which I choose one activity I’ve never done before, and/or is also a teensy bit out of my comfort zone, in the spirit of author Spencer Johnson’s quote below. Past entries have included rock climbing, making a vase out of molten lava (some just call it glassblowing) and returning to hot yoga.
For January, I’d been mulling over signing up for some sort of race for a bit of time. In the past, I’ve trained for half marathons with varying degrees of gung-ho-ness – and I was tempted to do the same since it’s been a little while since the last one, and I was fairly confident of what to expect. But then I thought, no, what is the point of One New Thing if not to choose the thing that I would do if I weren’t a leetle afraid.
And so, after some encouragement from a friend who has raced before, I chose to sign up for a sprint triathlon, which is something I’ve had my eye on for a while… but stopped short of every time I remembered how long it’s been since I’ve hopped on a bicycle or swam, and where would I locate said amenities, and… I know, it’s called a gym, there’s really no excuse. A sprint triathlon is like a triathlon for newbies, and consists of a 750-meter swim, 20k-bike ride, and 5k-run. It’ll involve several weeks of training, locating a badass swim cap, and biking some trails as the weather (hopefully? finally?) warms up.
If you’d like to join me in training – or even just show up at the end of each session with a Capri Sun and fruit snack (at least that’s what I remember from sports practice as a kid…) – drop me a message! I would love your company on this very new thing. Here’s to always taking the course we’d choose if we weren’t afraid to do so. : )