I actually haven’t been for approximately 4 1/2 years. The short story is that I did a poor job training for a half marathon, decided to run it anyway, and ended the race with a pop in the knee, tears, and shattered pride. It is that same pride that didn’t really let me talk about my inability to run and when people assumed I was still a runner I didn’t correct them.
There is an upside to this story. In the meantime, my inability to run has thrown me more in to the worlds of cycling and swimming than I would have been otherwise. I have “competed” in (or completed I should say) some triathlons either walking the run portion or doing a relay with friends or husband… until last summer when I discovered it. It being the AQUABIKE! The name sounds like something sold on an info-mmercial promising to make my thighs smaller for 10 easy payments of $29.95. But no, the aquabike race is just the swim and run portions of the triathlon and while it feels somewhat like a cop out not to run it was such a great feeling to actually finish a race!
All of that to say I have set my goals high (at least relative to myself) for this summer. This summer will be my summer of the Aquabike. My first race will be the weekend of my 30th birthday in Knoxville, TN (hello new and more difficult age bracket!) — check out the race here.
As usual, the biggest hurdle for me right now is getting my butt back in the pool and keeping it there with some consistancy. Something about getting in water (even indoor average temperature h2o) when it’s snowing outside is difficult. I am excited and nervous about the challenge ahead and I’m just praying that I can be healthy and strong even if I finish last!