For those of you following along with my previous blogs please note that yesterday I officially ran out of eyeliner. The standard boring brown kind. I have none. I’m going to have to go to the store and buy more eyeliner. I hate buying makeup.
I only bring this up because I’m two weeks into my training for my triathlon which is what I signed up for instead of buying purple eyeliner. That’s how much I hate the makeup aisle. I signed up to run 3 miles, swim 1/4 mile and bike 12 miles all to get the same fun kick as trying out a crazy shade of makeup. Clearly I need help.
In the last couple weeks I’ve texted my ever patient and very talented swimming cousin about a thousand times with every question under the sun. At her recommendation, I purchased a swimsuit that is scary. It called a Dolphin Ugly. Who wants to wear a swimsuit from a company that markets said suit as Ugly? Me apparently. I also purchased goggles. I haven’t worn either. They are on my front porch. Go Amazon Prime. I had my bike fixed and it is now sporting new tires and new shifters. I joined the local YMCA. I should have just bought purple eyeliner and moved on. Would have been cheaper. But now I’m too far in to quit.
First day at the Y I ran and biked and found the bathrooms and didn’t die. Today was my first day in the pool. I was thrilled that the only other people in the pool were a bunch of grandmas doing a senior water workout class. Today my goal was to swim the distance I’ll have to do in the actual event in August. I succeeded. Sort of. 18 laps is a long way to go when out of shape. Most of it I did on my back. I ran my head into the end wall only once. I veered into the other lanes only twice. Go me. Ha.
Problem with swimming and working out is that now I’m starving. And I have four days left on my I don’t eat diet. I’m a tad scared that when its over I’m going to promptly eat everything in sight and gain all 27 pounds back. I laughed with a co-blogger who stated that she was scared one pastrami sandwich post diet would be her undoing. She said in reality it would probably take two pastrami sandwiches. That’s me. A little scared of purple eyeliner and pastrami sandwiches.
I’m a little scared but mostly I’m grateful. I am grateful to my cousins who agreed to coach. I’m grateful to my girlfriends who signed up with me. I’m grateful to my spouse who like always is cheering me on.
I’m grateful to the Y for this great quotation from Ghandi that is painted on their wall. ” Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will”. This is why I think we’ve got a shot at finishing in August. Its because I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.