After several posts on training and the build up to 30, I am finally making it around to the follow up post!
We drove down to Knoxville on May 4th (well, Tim drove 9 hours and our friend Kelley and I rode). It was a hot weekend in East Tennessee and I embraced it with open arms. The morning of the race was beautiful and the Tennessee River was so calm and peaceful I almost couldn’t wait to get in. When I did get in, in my thick Zoot wetsuit mind you, I was quickly enticed to get out as soon as possible with the cold 60-something degree water. While I didn’t set any goals as I have never done an Olympic distance race before, the swim did take me less time than I had anticipated and I did come up with a goal during the ride… beat at least one guy with a triathlon helmet. Like this one. I’m sorry, but if you have that on, you better beat me. I happily accomplished my goal. The ride was a beautiful 24.9 mile race through South Knoxville that included 3 pretty brutal hills that we don’t have here in the Midwest. I will be honest though, the race felt a little like an after thought. It served as a goal to get me in the best shape of my life at 30 and give us an excuse to head south.
The weekend also ended up being a fun one of celebrations with family and friends. We got to celebrate my cousin Laura and her fiance Colby who are getting married June 16 and my friend Holly and her fiance Justin who are getting married June 30th. And, of course, we grilled out on the back porch and got to hang out with our one and only niece Marion and all her cuteness!
Being 30 is great, by the way. To all my friends in their 30’s, don’t correct me if I’m wrong on these, but here are a few things I imagine about 30-somethings:
- You know how to throw a nice dinner party
- You know exactly how much to drink to enjoy yourself and feel good the next day
- You enjoy more of the quieter moments in life
- You go to bed early and don’t have to apologize about it
- You have done a whole lot in your 20’s and you don’t feel like you have to check things off any more
- You trust God with a day at a time and don’t get too ahead of yourself
- You have more self control and know what foods you like and don’t like
- You only buy clothes you absolutely love
- You read more than you watch t.v.
Perhaps these are just me projecting what I want in my 30’s. All I know if that I embrace the change and look forward to what’s ahead.