COUNTDOWN

July 25, 2014

Two years ago I planned on completing the Portland Tri but, for a variety of reasons, I didn’t do it. Fast forward to today and I am 57 days away from swimming, biking and running my way through the Portland Olympic Triathlon. I think I can complete it, though I’m honestly worried about the swim which is a ½ mile swim in the Willamette. The biking part doesn’t seem dangerous (just long) and the running part, well it’s running which is fun(ish). So, the swim is what’s hanging me up… there are certainly things I can do to prepare (besides the swim training itself). I need to buy a wetsuit. An actual triathlon wetsuit. Confession: I’ve used a water skiing wetsuit for every swim I’ve done in the past. Yes, it has kept me warm but I think the time has come to upgrade. I’m not quite sure where to start…

As for the Portland Marathon, well that is 71 days and 318.2 miles away. This will be my 4th Portland Marathon. I love this race, I really do. It isn’t the course I love, but rather that it’s here, at home, and completing it means something important to me…

Well with the countdown of days and miles looming ahead of me I have calendared my training schedule and hereby propose a toast (with my water bottle) to the fun of a good challenge!

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