Monday, July 13, 2009

On totally NOT dying at the Philadelphia Women's Triathlon

FIRST PLACE FIRST PLACE FIRST PLACE WOOT WOOT WOOT. I'm sorry, I've gotten ahead of myself. On Sunday, my mom and I competed in our first triathlon ever. And remember back in January when I was all I have an announcement, I'm going to drown myself in July? Only I didn't really FEEL like dying, which is why I started swimming once a week so I COULD do a triathlon without drowning?

Well anyway, we've been training for a while now for the Philadelphia Women's Triathlon. The running and biking? Pff. No problem. But the swim? In the Schuylkill River? We were going to need a lot of practice. Which is why we started in January. Since JANUARY we have been swimming every week in the town's public high school's pool and you don't even wanna know about the hairballs I saw on the bottom of THAT pool for this triathlon.

So by Sunday, we were about as ready as we were going to be. And by that I mean we were fairly confident we wouldn't die on the course, but that's about it. Only when we got to the starting point the morning of the race, they had decided to CANCEL the swimming portion because a bad storm in Philadelphia on Saturday night had filled with river with all sorts of debris like tree limbs and garbage and old tires and I think there was a dead cat. Disappointing, to say the least.

Instead, we would be running 1.9 miles, biking 17 miles, and then running another 3.1 miles. But don't worry, they assured us, this course would be even HARDER than it would have been with the swimming. But you know what? We totally didn't die. We tore it up. TORE. IT. UP.

My mom and I came in first place in the mother-daughter category, and my mom placed third overall in her age group. I won't tell you how old she is but it rhymes with shmifty shmour she's 30 years older than me she looks 35. But I am SO proud of her.


We didn't get to swim, but we still had an awesome time and helloooo, everything's awesome when you win. Now we just have to do another first triathlon so we can take care of that swimming thing. But already my super competitive streak has taken over and I am out for blood. When we got home, I spent some time Googling upcoming triathlons. And after years of being all oh we aren't competing, we just want to finish. Oh no, we just race to have fun. Blah blah blah. Now I'm all bring it ON because I will run you into the GROUND.

B's mom had always told me about a triathlon that takes place near their town in Massachusetts in June and how all the ladies of the town get uber competitive with each other and talk some major smack while they snap on their bike helmets and I was always, oh no no I will not be participating in any of that nonsense. But then after yesterday, I spent last night drawing EAT MY DIRT, BITCHES in big block letters on the back of a t-shirt that I plan on wearing to that triathlon next summer. It's gonna be awesome.

16 comments:

Avitable said...

Congratulations!

mic said...

wow, congrats to you and "word to your mother!"

Jackie said...

HOLY CRAP first place!! Congrats to you and your momma! I give you mad props because I seriously never in a million years would be able to run and bike for that many miles. I can't even run on a treadmill for longer than like five minutes straight.

Heather Nicole said...

WOW! great job to you and mama dukes!

The Novelista Barista said...

Congrats! That is awesome!

Shelley Greenberg said...

Lol, that's awesome. Congratulations! And you're right - your mom doesn't look a day over 35. Which means, yay, good genes!

Sole Matters said...

WOW! Congrats!!! I cant imagine doing anything for 13 miles other than driving. CRAZY!

Lora said...

that's so awesome!

kiley said...

three things...
Good job,
sweet bike shorts...
and i totally made it my goal about a month ago to do the coho triathalon so i guess were gonna have to win the "SISTERS" division :)

rory said...

Whoa.
Next up nailin' the Mass chicks, then the Boston Marathon, then an Iron Man, then riding a tandem bike with Lance Armstrong on his 10th Tour de France.
You go.

RuthWells said...

I am in awe!! Well done.

Gooseberried said...

Congrats, dude! This makes me want to grow-up (definitely haven't gotten there yet), get married and have a daughter so I can do stuff like this with her! :)

birdykins said...

WORD! Bridget you are my idol. Also, you will OWN all those competitive ladies: let me know if you need a group of intimidating groupies. I will be there with a choreographed dance routine to ¨she likes to move it move it¨ .. or something.

Kerry said...

Congratulations to both you and your mom!

Well Read Hostess said...

Good for you! I'm thinking about doing the Marsh Creek sprint tri in September. Of course, I hate running, my ass hurts when I ride a bike, and I'm afraid to swim in a lake wearing goggles b/c I don't want to see any critters.

Soo......

Drugs. I'm thinking drugs will help.

And where were you for our dinner the other night? I heard that the fiance blew off tennis lessons from one of his adoring teenage pupils, also.

(same teenage pupil tried to convince me to find out where your reception is so that she and her sister could crash it. nice).

aunt michele said...

so I'm riding with these woman at ridley creek yesterday and at the end I'm sharing my tri experiences and I brag about the fact that my sis in law won the md category with her daughter. it turns out the one woman knows you and she mentions that you blog. so here I am - great job on your first tri! you rock!

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