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I’m a Splashing and a Dashing!

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I can’t believe it. I just registered for a Splash ‘N Dash!

What’s a Splash ‘N Dash, you ask?

Well, it’s a competitive run AND swim all in one event!

I’ve never done a multi-event before. Heck, I never swam any sort of distance before! My idea of swimming is wadding in a pool or frolicking in the ocean. I don’t even have a concept of 300 m in a pool. Will it take 10 minutes or a half hour? I have NO idea!

I guess I’ll find out soon enough. The event is in August. Click here for the details.

I must admit, I am nervous, but I’m also excited. Pushing myself outside of my comfort zone is motivating for me. It helps build my confidence.

In other news…

Food Notes
A ginormous bowl of Uncle Sam’s with Almonds and every berry in the house I had to have it again. It’s so awesome. The berries are amazing right now!
light yogurt I stocked up on some yoplait.
bowl of quinoa vegetable soup and a half a turkey sandwich with avocado sans mayo Out to lunch with an old friend.
Larabar I was hungry and wanting something substantial to hold me over until dinner
slightly cheesy pasta with chicken and broccoli Had a some fun with the Little Guy and experimented with dinner. This one may be a keeper! Need to make it one more time before posting on GreenLiteBites
Watermelon My favorite summertime dessert!
Handful of mini-wheats I SO wanted something crunchy. It was that, cookies or dorritos. I think I made the right choice. ;)
Activity
Yoga! Day 2 of my 1/2 training complete! :)
Water/Vitamins
Pitiful. I was all over the place today… just too busy I forgot to drink much. Off to take vitamins now. Trying to get into a habit of taking them before bed.


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Discussion

There are 15 comments so far.

    Jill

    June 29, 2011

    Good for you for signing up for something new! I look forward to following along and seeing how things go. I did a sprint triathlon(WAY out of my comfort zone) and crossing that finish line was one of the best days of my life! I think swimming 300 meters is about 12 (one length) or 6(both lengths). You can do it!!!

    Chari

    June 29, 2011

    how fun! I would love to do a duo one day but swimming is not my thing, I’d go for the bike ;-)

    misszippy1

    June 29, 2011

    Always good to get outside your comfort zone! And 300 won’t take you long at all…work your way up to swimming 500 straight and 300 will be a cake walk.

    Mindy

    June 29, 2011

    The Splash N Dash sounds awesome! It seems totally reasonable for your first multi-sport event. Can’t wait to hear all about it!

    Christine (in CA)

    June 29, 2011

    Sounds fun. I am a swimmer and am working on running. I did my first mini-triathlon in Santa Barbara two years ago August. It was awesome. You can do it and will love how you feel when finished. I am excited to read your pumped up post after you successfully finish the event. Three hundred meters won’t take you that long but if you train for 2x or 3x 300 meters you will be confident and strong during the race.
    GO FOR IT HOT MOMMA!

    Tami@nutmegnotebook

    June 29, 2011

    Never heard of a Splash and Dash but it sounds like just the right event for you to train for and work towards! Great motivator!

    I’ve really been into eating FF Greek Yogurt and berries lately! It’s the best dessert ever!

    Amanda

    June 29, 2011

    When I injured my back I had to stop my progress toward running a 5k and switch to swimming. I love swimming and swam all growing up so it wasn’t too big a leap but I had never done it for “exercise” – it was always just for fun. Now that I’m doing it for exercise, its different – but good.
    I’m no good at swimming math (still developing in that area) but I think that Jill is right, it is about 12 (one way) lengths of a typical olympic size pool. For me, in my injured state (torn ligament in my low back) that takes anywhere from 20-30 minutes. For you, depending on your swimming form and abilities with breathing, etc. would likely take less time.
    How will you work this swimming training in with your half-marathon training?
    I LOVE swimming and have found that the waterproof cases available mean I can listen while I swim – I often listen to “Ask Roni” podcasts or audiobooks.
    I’m so excited you are getting into swimming (even if just a little) – I have felt so out of the loop of most blogs I read since not being able to jog/run. Good luck with this new venture, it is always good to have new challenges!

    Christina

    June 29, 2011

    Yay, great job signing up for a splash and dash! It will give you great motivation! Plus, I LOVE when moms continuing pursuing their own hobbies/interests. Too many moms (including me) give their interests a backseat for the sake of their kids. Thanks for the inspiration: both fitness wise and as a busy mom!

    Roz

    June 29, 2011

    Way to go Roni!!! I’m sure you’ll do really well at the splash and dash. (love that name!!)

    Thea @ I'm a Drama Mama

    June 29, 2011

    Next stop? TRIATHLON!!

    Depending on your ability, 300m should take you between 5 and 10 minutes.

    And I noticed it’s on the same day as my August race. How about we send each other good vibes for that day?

    roni

    June 29, 2011

    You’re on! Pep talk on twitter the night before. ;)

    Jeannie

    June 30, 2011

    How fun! Most pools are 25yds or 25m for one length. So, that would be about 12 lengths or 6 laps. However, many pools will post a conversion of lap or lengths to distance. I haven’t been back in the pool for over a year. I really want to get back to triathlons but can’t seem to fit the lap swim times into my schedule right now.

    maria

    July 1, 2011

    i heard if you take your vitamins before bed it’s hard to sleep? just wondering. lol

    Jenny

    July 3, 2011

    If it is a 300 metre (as opposed to yards), it will be exactly (not “about”) 12 lengths of a 25 metre pool, or 6 lengths of a 50 metre pool. If all you have to train in are 25 yrd pools, than it would probably be just over 13 lengths of a 25 yard pool.

    It would likely take you at least 10 minutes if you aren’t a strong swimmer. I suggest finding someone you know who swam competitively and taking them to the pool with you and getting them to correct your stroke. Often people only need a few basic corrections and it makes a huge difference in their swimming ability. Also invest in a pair of goggles that fit you well! Good luck.

    roni

    July 5, 2011

    Maria – I haven’t noticed any ill effect. I’ve heard it’s actually better to take them at night plus I remember more because my mornings are so hectic.