The registration fee has been paid for some time. The training has been ongoing. And now, the motivation has increased. A hotel reservation has been made and secured by credit card for June 3 in Waupaca, Wisconsin. To be honest, the hotel is costing more than the race itself. In fact, if I include the registration fee, tri shorts, and swim goggles, the hotel still costs more.
That's motivation, Iron Pol style. Few things motivate me more than money spent. So, June 3 is a lock for the first sprint triathlon anyone in my family has ever completed. Scary.
While any race is nerve wracking, I feel ready for this one. As part of this morning's training, I swam 250 yards non-stop. It wasn't fast, but it was continuous. It was part of 800 yards focused on proper body rotation. I also did a 5K charity run, with Toddler Pol along for the ride. He enjoyed it, as I had them give me a shirt in "his size." I treated the run as a speed workout. The first half-mile was slow, as we were stuck on a narrow trail with a lot of people walking. We did the last 2.5 miles averaging under 8 minutes a mile, finishing with an overall average of 9 min 10 sec per mile.
Things are picking up. Two weeks until the Green Bay half. Four weeks until the triathlon. And there's a 10K race the weekend after that. Busy month coming up.