Wednesday, March 14, 2007

This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race

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The Scene: somewhere near Painesville, Ohio. August 12, 2001. Two smelly, sweaty chicks flexing on a curb.

TriShannon: I am so pumped we just did our first Tri!

TriSaraTops: Me too! I'm pudgy! Let's get a Blizzard.

TriShannon: Seriously, we should probably pass on the Blizzards. You want to get one every time we finish a workout.

TST: OK, Dude, whatever. You so go with me every time and I don't even have to twist your arm.

TriShannon: Yeah, yeah. I know. Hey, I think our $19.99 Adidas trail shoes we got at Kohl's a few months ago are fierce!

TST: No way, man. The best part of my shoes is the COTTON socks I have on that I put on in T1. So necessary. They totally made my race.

TriShannon: Is that a nuclear power plant in the distance?

TST: Yeah...it's cool. I don't have a third eye yet, do I?

TriShannon: No...I suppose you're right. So, um, we did get here a little early didn't we?

TST: Well, the book I have says always to get to the race early so that you have plenty of time to set up your transition!

TriShannon: Yeah, but I don't think they meant to get there 2 hours early and before the Race Director shows up.

TST: Well?! We SO had lots of time to get ready.

TriShannon: OK. Whatever. These leis are hot!

TST: NO WAY. What's HOT is my shorts that I put on in T1 that made my thighs chafe because it poured on us and I like to eat Blizzards. Now THAT'S hot.

TriShannon: I executed a flawless pre-race strategy.

TST: I was at a wedding last night and my drunk roommate best friend forgot her key and had to throw things at my window at 1am to wake me up. At the time, I was really pissed but I bet in a little bit that will seem funny.

TriShannon: I am SO going to do an Ironman someday.

TST: YOU CRAZY! I will NEVER do one of those. That's just INSANE. I mean, HOW can you do that?! There's no way. I have no desire to ever do that.

TriShannon: Whatever, wuss. I've always wanted to do one.

NOTE: TriShannon would have done an Ironman LONG before TriSaraTops if it wasn't for a nasty injury she had to deal with. She would have most likely whooped her ass.


TST: I don't doubt it, dude. You do everything you set your mind to. Hey, maybe I'll do a marathon now!

TriShannon: Um, don't you think you should try something more than a 5K first?

TST: Nah! No biggie! I just did a triathlon, so now I think I can probably do anything!

TriShannon: Yeah, I feel strangely invincible. Like our training ride where we rode 21 whole miles on our mountain bikes! Our mountain bikes are FIERCE.

TST: Yeah! Remember when we were doing a ride on our heavy mountain bikes and I ran into a curb, skinned my knee, blew my tire, and we had to walk all the way home? That totally sucked.

TriShannon: Yeah. We looked like tools.

TST: I need a Blizzard just thinking about it.

TriShannon: Hey, if I ever move away, let's be tri friends forever!

TST: Totally.



32 comments:

Audrey said...

:)

Brad "el ZappoMan" said...

I love it!

I got to my first triathlon about an hour before the race director. Ahhh the memories!

Mallie said...

Fantastic! I remember those days. And Blizzards cure all ills and are perfect for all celebrations.

Wes said...

You guys are so cool. Tri-buds forever!! I'm just fortunate that Shannon is doing her IM after you, cause now I get to cheer her on as well!! Lucky me!!

DaisyDuc said...

Cute reflection!!!

Dang blizzards!

Kewl Nitrox said...

Nice photo!

Seems to be a common thing to arrive before the race directors for the 1st race then... :)

Carrie said...

I remember wondering how people changed from their bathing suits to their riding gear. Do they have dressing rooms and towels in T1??? FYI--Resee Cup Blizzard with hot fudge rocks my world. Cotton shirts in a race may go, but blizzards never will.

Flatman said...

You've come a long way, baby...

Pharmie said...

What a fun post! Sure brings back memories of the first couple of tris I did. Oh, and going from the 5K to the marathon is totally normal - I did :) How did you ever manage to kick the blizzard habit? I'm still working on that one...

Chris said...

2001! Old school!

E-Speed said...

mmm blizzards ;)

Joe said...

Hilarious!

Rae said...

How cute are you guys???

TriShannon said...

We thought we were cool!!

Those shorts caused some serious chafing! Why didn't someone tell us about tri shorts?

No wetsuits, a 2 piece speedo, a mountain bike, running shorts, cotton socks and running shoes was all we needed back then. Where did all this fancy gear come from? Oh yeah, experience.

I still have not kicked the Blizzard habit. Although I do try not to get one after every workout. :)

Tri-Buds Rock!!

Lana said...

OH my I can't quit laughing....LOL...Girl, you ain't right!!!! One reason that is so hilarious to me is because some of that stuff was all too familiar...minus the mountain bike, though...I wasn't that brave. And I wasn't lucky enough to have a training partner back then...sometime I'll have to post the dialogue going on inside my head during my first one...LOL.

Triteacher said...

Aw shucks - that is really good. Look how far you've come. I bet you never get to a race 2 hours early now...

Michele said...

Oh my gosh, my husband is giving me strange looks beccuase I am laughing so hard.

I was lucky enough to have Lana to guide me on my first tri (she had done 2 already), so I didn't have to go through everything you did but some of it was too close.

You have come a long way!!

Charlie said...

I vowed to never try Ironman or veganism.
Never say never.
Fun post...

Siren said...

LMAO! Too funny! OMG, now I don't feel so bad about my clueless cotton sock wearing self in 2005, on my tank of a hybrid bike having nachos with my best friend after our "training" sessions. : D

Taconite Boy said...

Good post iron tops

RunBubbaRun said...

Do you ladies still talk like that, "dude". (Just kidding)..

Funny post, always good to remember where you started and look how far you two have gone.

xt4 said...

That was awesome!

IM Able said...

Totally, dude.

Andra Sue said...

Oh, that post made my morning!!! Laughing out loud at my desk...luckily no one else is in the office today. :)

TryAthlete said...

Are you prepared for "Arm-ageddon"?

Renee said...

Too funny!
I got to my first tri WAY early too! lol.
Tonight, I shall dine on a Blizzard in your honor!
:)

Running Jayhawk said...

That was the funniest thing I've read in a long time. AWESOME, Sara. :)

...and now I'm craving a Blizzard. Thanks, lady!!

Ellie said...

Great!

Kurt said...

What is a blizzard?

Tri Shannon is one awesome dudette! (Much like you also)

Brian said...

Noting that you're from Ohio, I have a confession to make. I feel dirty ... like I've violated the trust of a loved one. With 9.3 seconds left on Saturday, I found myself cheering for OSU. I needed those two points to help my bracket. But how could I have done such a thing as to cheer for the Buckeyes. Signed, Wolverine. Go Blue!

JenC said...

I could go for a Blizzard right now! Maybe we should get one after our meeting on Sunday. : )

Ah, memories of first triathlons with good friends...good times!

Rachel said...

Great job! Congrats. Great post too. Love the format. That invincible feeling is why I tri. And also for the blizzards afterwards. ;)