Are you a football fan? Do you remember the ill fated February 4, 2007 Chicago Bears v. Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl XLI game?
We Do. It was a sad day in our house. 29-17 Colts. Bears just gave it away. Booooo.
So in their drunken sorrow, the boys starting coming up with actions to reaffirm the Athletic Glory of Chicago.
Hence, the Age of the Triathlon was born. Under the heat lamp of 3 cases of beer, an egg cracked and a little monster poked its head out of the shell.
I figured it would be put outside in the snow and freeze to death within a few weeks.
A year and a half later it has claws, teeth and a big ole’ tail to wack things with.
Matt has done several triathlons since the conception of this beast.
It started May 2007 with a sprint triathlon (0.5 mile swim, 14.3 mile bike, 3.5 mile run) on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He just repeated the event this year with a 34 minute improvement in his time.
He did his first Olympic distance triathlon (0.9 mile swim, 25.5 mile bike, 6.2 mile run) in May 2008.
Shortly after this he signed up for a Marathon (26.2 mile run) in October 2008 and the Eagleman triathlon (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) June 2009.
He swears after the Eagleman, he wants to do one Ironman (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) in 2010 or 2011 and then hang up his bike shoes. Yeah right. Well- except for fun sprints, and maybe the occasional special occasions challenge. Uh huh.
So now, (completely ignoring how great it is health wise that he is getting into such great shape,) on top of loosing massive amounts of weight (which I seem to be gaining) and spending good portions of time training for these events, he likes to preach at everyone he meets about triathlons. Sometimes I think he should have a mobile pulpit.
Well, the people that he currently works with have bought into the gospel according to Matt. They have drank the Kool-Aid and are doing a sprint distance tri with him this weekend.
All I have to say is, Damn You Chicago Bears! On so many levels, and for so many things! Oh, but you know as a Chicago girl I will welcome you back with open arms in a few short months.
And now, the Theme Song.