I ended my previous post with this statement:
So, 24th March is the day. I WILL be a competitor. I WILL finish. Even if I have to walk the run leg.
It didn’t happen. I guess there’s no need to pick yourself up from the floor after that comment.
I did not finish (DNF). I didn’t even start.
Saturday morning, I pumped up my bike tires, tracked down my bike helmet, fished out the Cross-bow Sure Lock thingies I bought last August for the Triathlon Pink triathlon in October (but didn’t use because I left all my gear at home – details here if you missed it), and packed my bag ready to head out to the venue later in the day.
However, late in the morning I was informed that my 91 year old grandmother’s health had deteriorated rapidly. So, my sister and I and our wonderful husbands made an impromptu trip to visit her. I wouldn’t change that for anything, but it did mean I missed the final triathlon for the year.
I wonder how many other people can say that in their first year of being a member of Triathlon Australia, and their local Triathlon Club, they didn’t compete in a single race. I guess, technically, I did do one race (Triathlon Pink) but it wasn’t an official race.
The crossbow thingies – useful word 🙂 – are still in their packaging. Life has been a little hectic in every arena so I haven’t made it to the gym as often as I’d like, but I have gone at least once a week since I joined.
In February, I completed one of the two Cert IV courses I’m currently enrolled in. I have one month left of my enrolment period to finish 3 entire units for the other one. That will be my priority for April. After that, I have promised myself “no more study until at least next year”. I have my 20 year school reunion in early May and I don’t think I’ve had more than 6 months in that time when I haven’t been enrolled in one course or another.
It’s time to focus on getting myself healthy enough to live long enough to complete the next one I have my eye on…
The season has come to an end. My dream has not. I am still aiming to complete an olympic distance triathlon (haven’t set myself a goal date yet – I must do that). I’ve never played sport before, so I’ve never experienced “off-season”. There’s a first time for everything.
Come May, no more excuses. I’ll be hitting the gym, opening my packet of Cross Bow Sure Locks and swimming a few laps as well. I am going to be ready for next season.