After three and a half days in bed with a fever, headache, sinus pain and general malaise, I'm up! The doctor gave me some precious antibiotics on Monday, and by Tuesday afternoon I was able to stay vertical long enough to get some laundry done. Today, I'm still too snotty and fatigued to exercise, but I was able to meet a friend for coffee/Diet Coke and PICK UP MY WETSUIT!
Even though I haven't worked out since last Friday, my triathlon has stubbornly stayed on my calendar for this Sunday. For a little while I was thinking about not doing it, but I've decided that I will do it barring a relapse. The entry fee has been paid, the wetsuit has been rented, and my bike sherpa has agreed to come along to cheer. The stars are aligned so I am going to be at the start line.
The combination of missing this last week of training and coming off being sick makes me a little worried about the race. The fact that it is a Sprint makes it a lot easier to contemplate doing it with a little less training and a little less energy. It finally came down to the fact that I need the experience. Having not done a triathlon before, I know nothing. Even if I just get through the swim, I know it will give me more confidence going into my Olympic distance tri at the end of June. If I feel great, then great. If I don't, then I'll just take it slow and try to learn as much as I can along the way. That's one benefit of doing something new: I'm guaranteed a PR. Well, I guess that's assuming that I finish.
I know some people wouldn't want to risk a DNF, but I look at it a different way. This is not my race for Olympic Gold. This is not my lifelong dream. This is just one of many steps along my path to enjoying life. If I have to drop out, then that's what I'll do. Who cares? My goal this summer is to try to find an activity that is healthy and that I enjoy. End of story. In the meantime, I guess I'll get to add worrying about water temperature to my weather related obsession. The forecast is for the lake to be 70 degrees. I've never done any open water swimming... is that cold?