Saturday, February 18, 2012

Play Date...

Remember "play dates" when you were young? Those mornings when you meet up with a bunch of other kids in diapers or runny nose toddlers and just all hang out doing the same thing? Or when you got older, like middle school, you'd go make a play date at the neighbors till dinner time? Gosh those were good times. Today we had a "play date". A bunch of like-minded, tri-training kids, all doing the same thing. I think it's regularly called a training day, but today felt way more like a play date.
We woke up to swim at A-Bay, a 35 minute drive North lands us another beautiful spot in the Pacific. Very little crowd-no crowd to be exact, just the sunrise and the start of our play date. Our intentions were really innocent, just go through a triathlon today. No set pace, no major goals, swimbikerun as simple as swimbikerun...
I of course, had my usual energy that happens when landing in the ocean, camera happy! The boys didn't mind, it slowed me down and kept one of us on shark look out...

The ride was up and down the Queen K, been-there-done-that, still like it. However, the "just ride" went out the window when someone pushed a hill, another tried to hammer past other riders, and of course the "how fast can we go down hill and drop Bree"? I'm highly convinced there really is no such thing as "just ride bikes". It never is just ride bikes with more than 2 people.

...then we ran. It was seriously all fun and games running. Someone always had the front, the man with the Garmin had to drop the "F" bomb and shout, "Seriously, why 6 something mile pace?!" And then the sprint to the finish. A training day with minimal expectations set a morning with more enjoyment in sport than expected. Those days are so important, to remind us what it is we love about what we do...


Of course the truth came out eventually, we were on the April 1st race course for the Lavaman. Our islands most "localized, bragging rights, torture your training partner" triathlon course. It's the day where everyone on the island that owns a bike comes to play. Turns out the 3 grown men I was "training" with today were pushing, pressing, and getting ideas of the competition set to happen in 6 weeks. Hilarious if you ask me and all together AWESOME! Keeping the fun in competition was exactly what I needed.

The finish line...


Now that the race is over, er play date, it's more focus on the next 3weeks. I'll tell you all about it next week, it is an opportunity that is seriously keeping me wide awake like a kid at Christmas. Happy Training!




Blogger Lucy Francis said...

what have you just brought up? Play dates! on holiday in the north of Portugal , as a teen I used to go on adventures with my friends in search of "hidden treaures" in caves, behind rocks and when we got bored we also stole the odd apple or grapes from neighbour's farms. Best days of my life!

I agree with you about riding bikes in a group: there's no easy.

February 19, 2012 at 2:53 AM

Blogger Christi said...

What a great play date!

February 19, 2012 at 5:59 AM

Blogger Tina Marie Parker said...

Thanks for the pics! Cannot wait to land in A-Bay very soon! :)

February 21, 2012 at 7:06 AM


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