May 27, 2009

TRIATHLETE

I set a new years resolution/goal to do a triathlon, and Memorial day was it.  Here in my very own Rancho Sahuarita I swam 1000 meters, pulled off my wetsuit, jumped into running shoes, threw on a helmet, and hopped on a VERY nice (borrowed) road bike for 16.6 miles, then jumped off, tossed the helmet, put on my bib# and ran for 5km.  All in 1:41:54.  I got 4th place for women in my age group.  The swim was sooooo stressful (considering the last time I took swim lessons I flunked, and was probably 10 yrs old... what could I expect?).  Swimming in a pool is much easier than a lake.  But I borrowed my friend Joe's wetsuit and I floated!  So I just had to figure out how to move forward.  I was able to make up a lot of time on the bike & run.  I thought I would be slow running, or at least it feels that way after going 18+mph on a bike, but I got pretty close to my best 5k time.  What a thrill!  Hopefully I will do one again someday.  As for now, I am going to try to do a marathon while in Utah July 24th, and enjoy my 4 weeks of ballet nostalgia!  I am taking an adult ballet class Tues/Thurs nights at the Ballet Tucson during their summer workshop.  Maybe I will have to get picture of me on pointe shoes -it's been a while!

   
Thanks to my wonderfully supportive family who came to cheer me on! 
Kali Hoenes and Rhonda Brieshaft are my training buddies!
After too much good food at the Creer's bbq, we headed to the pool for just a little more sun.  Payson was so distraught when we took him away from the water!  
 

8 comments:

Hoenesclan said...

You are a natural. You did a great job. You are totally going to have people eating your dust in the marathon.

Jacki said...

Wow! Congrats!

Sabrina said...

What an awesome job. All you racers in the ward are very inspiring. I am sure you can tackle the marathon and do it in a time you can be proud of. Like Kali said, you are a natural. Way to go!

Jessica said...

Wow! I am super impressed. Especially with the swimming part, that is exhausting! Good job Erica!

Mindy Burns said...

Way to go Erica!!!!! I seriously wish I were in your league.....you are an athlete! Go Erica!

McGuire's said...

A triathalon! Gees Erica good job!! and a marathon in july. You're amazing. That ballet class sounds fun. I can't imagine the pain if I tried to walk in pointe shoes right now. Your disneyland pictures looked like a great trip. It really is such a happy place. That's fun you also got to see Ann. She's got cute boys. Call when you come in July!

Warren and Sharleen said...

Whoa! You look tough! You need to come visit me!

Jenna said...

You look so hardcore in these pictures! I'm jealous about your marathon in July... I would love to have one here to do.