Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Just signed up for my first triathlon!!! Iron Girl Sandy Hook here I come!


Whoooo hooooo!!

I did it, I did it, I did it. I signed up for my first triathlon!

Yippppp. Whoa. Wait a minute. I did what?

Um. I don't even have a bike or a place to swim or a training plan or really a clue of what I'm getting myself into.


I mean I did have this kinda "Tri" week. Remember? It was my first time on a bike in a loooong time and I wasn't the steadiest.

It's not the first time I've signed up for a race and went from exuberance to gripping fear. I mean it is how this blog started in the first place. Right? I felt the same gripping fear about running my first (only) marathon too.

But doing a tri is different. Training is different - there's water and wheels and transitions. Wetsuits and stuff. Lots and lots of stuff it seems.

I've been liking the idea of doing a triathlon for a very long time. I silently get a little jealous every time I see someone sporting a "swim, bike, run" sticker. I also have very good friends like Jen and Jason who do epic things like Ironman and Rev3 and even my friend Angela has made the leap.

You're gonna be mine!

So, when I pulled up to my Weight Watcher's meeting for my monthly weigh-in this past Saturday and saw an afore-mentioned sticker on someone's car, the slow burn of want began again.

As I stepped to the scale, I heard my weigher say to her co-worker - I'm so excited for my next triathlon. Oh. She was the owner of said sticker.

I looked down at my race tech tee from a previous half marathon, and said softly, "I've always wanted to do a tri." She looked at my tech tee and said, "if you can run half marathons, I bet you could do my favorite tri!"

She went on to tell me of the Iron Girl Triathlon in Sandy Hook, NJ scheduled to take place on September 8, 2013. She said it was AWESOME and welcoming to newbies. She said that I could even swim with a noodle and bike with training wheels if I had to (Uh, I'll be doing neither, for the record.) And went on and on about how wonderful of an event it was.

Best part? All girls. Which will be fun and take a little pressure off for the first time out. And is it wrong (don't answer this Jason) that I'm secretly a little giddy that it's called "Iron Girl?"

Some things are just fate.

I never go to WW on a Saturday morning and have never seen this weigher before. I wouldn't have signed up if it wasn't for this woman gushing but before I even heard the good news that I was down .4 pounds (and still steadily (barely) but steadily holding onto my weight loss goal and lifetime status) I knew in my heart of hearts that I was sold.

So I'll have to figure out a bike and swimming and the stuff.

I contacted the folks at Iron Girl and told them about my blog. They were super excited to hear I'll be documenting my training journey and get this - they are offering you, my darling readers, a coupon code to sign up too if you want to join me!

A coupon code! I feel so fancy.

You can save $10 off your registration by registering here and entering coupon code IGFINISHLINE

The event is a 1/2 mile swim / 10 mile bike ride / 3 mile run. Perfect amount of attainable and challenging for a first event I think.

Here's a video that shows the essence of the Iron Girl event:

So here goes nothing! I'll be blogging my journey. First up? I guess I need to get a bike of some sort.



jdbadger said...
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jdbadger said...

Congrats..you ate going to do awesome!!! Abekat Anarchy!!

Amy said...

Congrats! I did my first tri last year and got hooked. My first running event was an iron girl. It was great. Wish they had a tri out my way.

Jason said...

Ultra exciting. Now what am I not to comment on? I read it over and over and a m missing something but then again it is barely 4a here and I am going swimming in a few moments.

So excited for you to take the plunge into the sport of sports. You will love it and use the noodle and training wheels if you need to.

George Sauvain said...

This is so cool! Go-get-‘em Jennifer!

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Kitty Fantastic said...

Wow!!! That's totally awesome! I can't wait to read about your training experience! Good Luck!!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Congrats, such a rewarding sport!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! I can not wait to her how your training goes one of my friends did her first tri last year and now that is all she wants to do!

Colleen said...

Wahooo, that's exciting!! And I totally just spent the past 15 minutes cruising their website and considering going to the MD one... o the contagious nature of excitement!

Mary Sue said...

Congratulations! It's exciting and scary all at the same time. I'm doing my first tri in less than three weeks, so I know exactly how you're feeling right now. I'm sure you'll do fantastic!

Unknown said...

I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!! oh didnt mean to yell that sorry... I have my sights set on a tri too, was going to be this season buuuut im pregnant oopsie... So rather than drown- oh I mean swim for two I am waiting til post baby- I dont know how to swim like much at all but I will get that sticker too! Cant wait to read all about your tri experience and training:)

Frickin' Fabulous at 40 said...

Your enthusiasm is infectious!

Julie said...

So jealous!! I will get there one day!! Way to go!! Keep us updated on your training, I will be following with interest and a notepad handy!! ;-)

RunToTheFinish said...

woot woooot enjoy it!!

Melissa @ Faster In Water said...

Yeah so awesome! I'm hoping to do one too, next up on my list is to get a bike!

Matthew said...

There are a ton of interesting ways to get your beginner triathlon training workouts in! For example, get in a triathlon strength training workout, while your kids are at the park or walk around the track or soccer field while you watch your kid's game. Anything that's getting you on your feet and active for 30 or more minutes can be considered a workout!

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Anonymous said...

Ohhh exciting!! I can't wait to hear how it goes. Good luck :D