Monday, July 28, 2008

You Go, Girl!

Inspiring note here. My friend Jill, who lives up in Massachusetts (, just finished her first Danskin triathalon on Sunday. I am so proud of her.

I've never been athletic or athletically inclined. "Lazy" comes to mind, in fact. I can't even fathom signing up for a race of any sort at this point in my life. But I can understand the motivation that once you've signed up, there is incentive to not embarass yourself. And for her first triathalon, I think she did spectacularly.

There was also just a little fear for her in the back of my mind. There was a triathalon in the New York area over the weekend. A 50-ish man went missing during the swim portion. They still haven't found him. Given the events of the last few weeks, I was just a little scared for Jill. But she was fine.

I don't think I'll be signing up for any races of any sort in the forseeable future. Given my foot issues and general health, that may be a "not in this lifetime" activity. But it does inspire me to work a little harder at making myself more fit. If she can train with two kids that are younger and less self-sufficient than mine, what excuse do I have?

Of course, I'm sitting here in my gym clothes, blogging, and haven't gone to the gym this morning. Yet.

1 comment:

Jill in MA said...

Sorry that you were worried for me. I understand, given your recent almost-mishap. If I had known you were worried, I would have tried to reassure you. The race took place on a nice, calm lake. (I don't like waves and probably would never do a triathlon that took place in the ocean or body of water that involved waves.) It is also a tri that's geared toward tri newbies who are nervous (and sometimes petrified) of the water portion of the race. They have lots of lifeguards on surfboards (and this race, as opposed to any other race) allows you to stop and rest on the surfboards. (Not that I did.) And they provide swim angels. At the beginning, if you're nervous, you flag down an angel and she'll swim the entire race with you. (And she comes with a noodle.) The swim was actually the easiest part of the race for me!