Last night I went to the Orange County Triathlon Club's monthly meeting. I had been planning on joining once the knee was better... and I'm now officially a member!
The meeting was refreshing to say the least; I was surrounded by "crazy" people just like me. (I'm always told that I'm crazy for the workouts I do, not the case at tri club.) The meeting was geared toward new members and covered training events, social gatherings, the logistics of the club, races, club gear and so on.
We scarfed pizza and salad in the beginning (free), which is when I realized I was in the right place! It wasn't just the pizza, it was the people I talked to. I can be shy around a new group, and maybe I was last night, but I definitely felt comfortable. (As a side note, I spent the better part of eight or so years partying my way through high school and college. I only graduated May 2007, so that life ain't so ancient in my book yet. But, I'm so over late-night drunken escapades. So over hangovers.)
...I'm onto having self-discipline. I'll squeeze in a bike ride after work before the sun sets or roll out of bed at 4:45 in the morning to swim outside in the dark. It's not easy, and never gets easier. But that's what it's going to take to get goooood.
Back to the Tri Club meeting. The point is: It's nice to hang out with people who share this "crazy" lifestyle -- whatever level they're at.
The OC Tri Club isn't new. It's been around since 1998. But it seems it's only exploded just in recent years. One stat read off last night said the club's grown by 29% just in the last six months (I think that' accurate). That's big. I did some stuff with the San Diego Tri Club when I was still living down there, and they have a giant group. But it seems the OC Club is on SD's heels. I'm glad to be a part of it.
NEW RACE: XTERRA CRYSTAL COVE TRAIL RUN
I signed up for another race!! These days, I spend my money on races, not beers and cocktails :) Anyways, the race is a 15K trail run at El Moro (Crystal Cove area) and is December 14. Heard at the meeting last night that it's a popular one (there's also a 5K), and it usually sells out -- supposedly there's a mean post-run breakfast, maybe that's why??