My 47th birthday was today. They come so fast. But each year I like to defy my age and do a stupidly long endurance event, usually centered around my new age.
This year I did an age-related self-triathlon. I started out by doing both the 5:15 am and 6:30 am Plano Wetcats swim workouts, until I reached 4700 yards. Then, after a ridiculously long first transition (T1 to my tri colleages) which involved eating lots of pancakes, I packed up the bike and headed for White Rock lake.
My first triathlon of the season is this weekend - bright (er, dark) and early Sunday morning up at Ray Roberts State Park. Camping up there the night before too, so I don't have to drive 60 miles at 4am.
Just doing the sprint distance, so no big deal really - just a strong 90 minute or less workout. And with the water temp in the 60's and the air temp in the upper 40's, I will be in no danger of overheating. Just got to find my wetsuit. And maybe replace my 13 year old tri suit.
My 2011 triathlon season was ... um ... not so great. Between starting a new demanding job and having back issues while swimming, I failed to complete nearly as many triathlons as usual. Like none. I did some running races and a couple bike rallies, but no tris. Sad- first time 10 years I didn't do a triathlon that year.
I am finally going to back into swimming today, after a six-week break. I usually take a break from swimming sometime during the winter, but this year the timing was helped along by a shoulder injury I received at the DAM Winter Relays meet in December.