I went for my morning walk at Zilker park today and got really side tracked watching the Austin Trirock Triathlon. I have read about triathlons but I have never seen one in action. It was amazing!
I could not see the swimming start, but I watched the end of the swim for a long time. So amazing, to see this long open water swim, and then the competitors get out, and run, wet and barefoot, for probably 3/4 mile to get to their transition area.
Since there were two different distance options and the groups started in waves, I could watch swimmers, some transition to bike, bikers, and runners all during the course of my walk. The courses overlapped so you could see biking and running together in some instances. I'm not sure why, but I got choked up! I stood there with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat and I didn't even know anyone there. I guess so many dreams and aspirations coming true all at the same time! Very inspiring.
As I watched the swimmers get out of the water, I saw a woman with a high, above the knee amputation climb out of the water. She had a little help and then hopped over to a friend who was standing nearby with crutches that she used for balance so she could strap on her prosthetic leg. And then away she ran. Unbelievable!
It was all incredibily inspiring. I went on the rest of my walk, did a little over 5 miles, and watched the runners again on my way back.
As I walked I thought "Hey I should do that!" And then I got real. I don't really know how to swim. I don't drown but I can't actually breathe and cover any distance. And I am scared of the bike. I have a "ride around the neighborhood and get a coffee" kind of bike, but I am pretty afraid of falling or getting hit by a car. Just too many years between riding as a child and getting on a bike as a getting up there grown up. So its not out of the realm of possibility but pretty unlikely. I told Tom about it and he said something along the lines of "well if you can't really swim, and you don't like the bike, the perfect triathlon for you is called a 5K! " Ha!
So my triathlon dream will probably never become a reality….How about you? Any triathletes out there? I would love to know what it is really like!