Friday, December 19, 2008

Just call me a Triathlete

Last night I signed up to do a triathlon. It's in April at Folsom Lake. I'm not 100% sure where Folsom Lake is, but it appears to be local. I think that should be plenty of time to get ready. I'm already done with Week III of "Couch-to-5k" and should be able to run a 5K by the end of January. I'm up to about 6 miles on the bike in just 30 minutes so that's going well too.

The only snag is that I have nowhere to swim. There is no pool at the free gym at work and gyms with pools cost lots of money. Not to mention the gym I want to join cost even more money. But it's awesome (she whines).

The place has EVERYTHING. They have a lap pool and an "activity" pool and a wading pool and a jacuzzi. And that's just outside. The woman's locker room has a jacuzzi too. Plus some saunas. There are 4 studios, one for spin classes, one for "Pilates Reformer" and 3 for free-form stuff. They have over 100 classes of various kinds a week. The upstairs has an entire room of cardio machines -- ellipitals, stairmasters, treadmills, bikes and all sorts of other things I've never heard of. There is another room with weight machines and another with free weights. They also have a kids section where they will babysit your kids and let them do fitness things. You get three free hours of babysitting a day.

There are also gyms and racquetball courts and tennis courts and all sorts of other courts with tournaments and classes and leagues. There are trainers available too. You get a certain number of training sessions and nutritional consults with your membership and then you can choose to purchase more, if you want.

Oops, I think I'm drooling. Again.

Not only is the equipment awesome, but the place is friendly and family-oriented with lots of social activities going on too. I really, really, really, really want to join. But Mr. Mac says we can't afford it. It's true that 24 Hour Fitness is slightly cheaper but only slightly and they SUCK. Plus our local Y hasn't even got a pool! (I thought all Ys had to have pools, but apparently not.) But, he's right that we can't afford it, or even 24 Hour Fitness. So I will have to find another way.

Oh I also haven't got a bike yet. I had a bike, but it's a mountain bike, not a road bike, and, anyway, MacBoy was using it and someone stole it from the local BART station. But I'm going to buy a bike for Christmas. Once I figure out what kind to buy.

I'll need a wet suit too but I want to wait until right before the race so the thing still fits me on race day.

Part of me thinks I'm crazy and is scared to death that I did this. But part of me is super excited. I've always thought triathlons looked like a lot of fun (until you got to the running part). I love to bike and swim. Running is just okay, but there was a time when I absolutely hated it so "just okay" is a major attitude shift for me.
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