Words written: Collecting
Grade for the day: C (Started the week well. Not so much by the end)
I'm doing a triathlon this weekend, and I have been thinking about my goals for this race.
I have learned through running that it's good to have goals. Sometimes my goal is a time or a distance. Lately, it's been more related to staying injury-free. But goals keep me focused on something, which I find helps me get out the door.
With this triathlon, though, I think that my goals can't focus too much on the event itself. After all, my "training" for the non-running events has consisted of three bike rides and one swim.
So with that, I offer up the following set of goals for my forthcoming triathlon. They are all, as you will note, "don't"-related. Why? Because often when I "do" something, bad things happen.
- Don't Separate a Shoulder. Yep, I did that. The first time I "trained" for a tri, I went to the pool and "swam" some laps. After I was finished, I went to put my shirt on and POP GOES THE SHOULDER JOINT! Next thing I knew I was in an ambulance jacked up on morphine, having a conversation with the EMT about John Wesley (I guess my heart was strangely warmed?). It should be noted that I had separated my shoulder a few times before this. And I did have surgery since then to put everything back into place. But still, I don't want to revisit that ambulance.
- Don't Break Any Bones. Again, this has happened. When I lived in Florida, I ran a 5k trail race. About two miles in, I stepped awkwardly on a root and POP GOES THE FIFTH METATARSAL! I actually managed to finish the race. We had a saying in the Marines that there is a fine line between being hardcore and being stupid. Finishing the 5k on that day? Yep, stupid. Clearly.
- Don't DNF (Did Not Finish). I did that in a marathon two years ago and it was demoralizing enough that I had to write about it. Finishing tomorrow will be good for my ego. Aside from the accomplishment itself, once I cross that finish line, I will have a brand new personal record (PR). This is my third triathlon ever, but first at this distance. At my age, my PRs in running are a distant and faded memory. So finish the race, and bask in the glory.
- Don't Let Anyone Take Pictures Of Me In My Biker Shorts. Enough said.