This weekend I GET TO RACE AGAIN!
This makes me happy.
Very, very happy.
What race you ask? Where? Well right here in Pittsburgh. At the North Park Triathlon - a race so small that I don't even think it has a website. GASP!
Guess how much it cost to enter? $37! You read that right - $37! Not $370. Not $3700 (the approximate cost to race an Ironman in NYC in 2012). But just $37. I almost fell off my chair when I read that!
I've done this race before. In 2006, the very first year I did triathlons! North Park was actually the 5th triathlon I had ever done. You can read all about that experience here. And here is a picture from that race (had to dig way deep in the archives for this one)!
Yes, that's a road bike (that wasn't mine). Oh, and I wore my wetsuit also. FOR A POOL SWIM. I kid you not. I am embarrassed to even mention it!
But despite my lack of experience and relative triathlon fitness, I was still kind of fast. Because back in 2006, I still had some speed left in the old legs! So my goal for Sunday is to beat my time from 2006. And that's not a weak goal either. I knew how to go really, really, really hard back then. Let's see if I remember how 5 years later!
Also, it should be noted that just because it's a smaller, local race does not mean it's not competitive! The race director added a little prize money this year so many of Pittsburgh's finest will be there to fight for it.
So I'm definitely looking forward to having a great time on Sunday with lots of great friends, racing hard, gutting it out to go under 1:09:01 and then driving back home in under 45 minutes. :)
Happy weekend to all!