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My 1st Triathlon Experience..!! I'm a Triathlete!! 9/27/09

Thursday, October 01, 2009

I remember back in 2007 when I was training at the gym with my personal trainer and I asked him..."Hey, whatcha doin this weekend" and he said.."Oh, I'm doing the Chicago Triathlon"...I replied, "Oh I would LOVE to do a Tri one day"....and well....I can finally say that I'm a Triathlete, ME...YES!!!!

It was mid June 2009 and I said to myself...Adriana, its now or can do this and by the end of the day I had signed up for the Danskin Triathlon. There was no turning back now..I had to start training and training HARD! The running and biking I had down...but the swim scared me...880yds! Thats 1/2 a mile...can I really do that? I started chatting with my Fellow Triathletes looking for a great training program and my friend Nitro told me about, I checked it out and I said Oh yes..this training program is definetly for me! It was an 11 week program and it was for beginners, like myself. I started training July 6th and for the next 11 weeks I had to take every training day seriously! The was a committment and I couldnt let anything or anyone get in the way. I trained before work, afterwork on the weekends, etc. Though I did spend quite a bit of was SO WORTH IT!

The Lake!..... Getting to the lake and the pool was a challenge for me. I wasnt scared of the water, just knowing that if I wanted to put my feet down in the wasnt going to be possible. I had to train my body, but most of all my mind. I was in the water about 3-4x a week and what a workout that was! Weeks 5-8 were BRICK workout weeks...this is where I had the most fun! I was a newbie and these workouts really kicked me butt, but I was all about training hard!

A few weeks leading into my 1st Tri, I began to get very nervous! Was I going to drown, fall off my bike, collapse on the running course..I even had dreams, ekk! I had been training for 10 weeks at this point and if I was doing good so far..I shouldnt worry, right? I took a breather and went for a I was running, I began to shed a few tears...Tears of joy, that is. In just 2 weeks I was going to be doing a Triathlon! Never in a million years would I have even thought to myself that I could train for this...but NEVER say NEVER...this wasnt a dream, I was really living this!

1 week was getting down to the wire, I was pumped and ready to go...I took the last week of training very easy, I didnt wanna push it so much. Got in a last swim on Thursday and I was good to go, packed all my gear and headed for Pleasant Prairie, WI that saturday morning.

Got to the hotel...unpacked, set aside gear for the morning and went to pickup my packet, racked my bike...set my things up at my transition area and the best part was getting my body markings, I was so pumped by this time!! We all headed back to the hotel.. had dinner with my family, went shopping and then went to sleep...this was going to be my last night as a Tri Virgin!! lol Got up at 530am...took a shower and got suited up in my wetsuit and had my "Breakfast of Champions" and headed towards the course! I wasnt going to be getting into the water until I had sometime to snap some pix with the family, with Monica and of the Lake! I was in WAVE 17 and Monica took off in Wave 11. Getting up to the gate I thought I'd be nervous, but I had sometime before the swim to get into the lake and feel the was so warm! That made me even more excited haha. I got in with my Wave and was at the Swim Start..this was it for me...No Turning Back! lol Gun went off and I was in the water...oooweee!!! I kid you not... I thought I was in the lake for days lol...but when I got my time...I was in the lake for 00:24:45, OMG!!!!! I couldnt believe it, wooohooo!!! I kicked @ss! Then I got outta the water...ran to my transition area for my gear off, put on my biking gear and took off! It was a long 12.5 miles, but I made it back alive. The road was a bit rocky, hilly and deserted, but I had to keep my eye on the prize. 00:52:46 minutes later..I was back for transiton #2 and got my bib #, changed shoes and got my butt on the running course. (by this time my legs were SHOT! lol) Running is my thang, but it took me 00:40:37 minutes to run a 5k...but aint NO SHAME in that! hehe I was getting close to the end, I could almost taste it! As I was running, I could hear people chanting "LETS GO 1624"!!! I also couldnt believe how much love Wisconsin had for CPD, yahhhoo! lol I was honored to have represented the CPD Triathlon Team, cant wait to train with all you guys soon. :)

As I was crossing the finish...everything that I worked so hard for was leading up to this! I did it!!!!!! 2:08: BABY!!!! Ohhhh what a FEELING!!! I'm a Triathlete, :::crying::::


A special thank you to Nitro for telling me all about, To Mike...Thank you for letting me train with Trek 1000..she was good to me!! To all My Spark friends...YOU ALL ARE THE BEST! of my besties, you really made my day when I received your "Thinking of You" card in the mail...LOVE YOU GIRL!! And last, but not least I want to thank my parents...Mommy and Daddy...I truely & deeply love you both...I'm so proud to be called your daughter and to the man who has supported me since day 1 my boyfriend Jeff...thank you baby for following me all along the course taking pix, Thank you for believing in me I love you baby!! Oh and I must not forget MONICA!!! My fellow Triathlete who signed up for the race as well and completed it with a great time! Who can say that they did a Triathlon on their Birthday....Monica can!! Congrats to you honey, you did an awesome job!!!

After completing my 1st Tri...I am hooked! This is exactely what happened after I ran my 1st 8k and 6 months later I was running the Chicago Marathon..this is an addiction, but a GREAT one! lol


Tri season is over...but cannot wait for next year!

She Swims emoticon, She Bikes emoticon, She Runs emoticon, SheROX!!!!!! emoticon


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CHASINADREAM 1/25/2010 11:45PM

    This is on my bucket list and you made it sound soooo unbelievably rewarding!!! Congratulations what a rush!! One day I hope. This year I am working on step at a time! emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/3/2009 7:58PM

    congrats, triathlete!!

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CHASINGPAVEMENT 11/15/2009 11:16PM

    Congrats Beautiful! I had the biggest smile on my face the entire time I read this. I'm so proud of you! YOU ROCK GIRL!!


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10YEARSTOGETHER 11/13/2009 7:05PM

    Omg you rock. I miss you! Congrats on the Tri!

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REVSERENA 11/8/2009 7:15PM

    She ROX INDEED! Woo Hoo! You are such an inspiration! You go girl!
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APPLEHEAD326 10/29/2009 1:43PM

    OMG, you totally rock! I don't know that I'd ever want to do a triatholon who knows, right?! It sounds like a challenge and it sounds like you really worked your little @$$ off to train for it. I am so proud of you, you are amazing!!! I know I'm doing things now I never thought I would or could do like running... I never thought I'd be a runner, I used to hate running. Not anymore, I actually feel so great after a run. Like, nothing can stop me! Isn't that such an awesome feeling? I think so. Never stop, cause you just inspire the heck out of me girl!!! ((HUGS))

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JENB_121 10/27/2009 2:28AM

    YAY! What a cool race report, I felt excited FOR you, lol. You should be so proud of yourself Adriana!
Hope all else in your life is going well. Fill me in at some stage when you have time.
Jen xxx

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JENONTHEROX 10/21/2009 3:29PM

    What a **WONDERFUL** experience...
I'm totally teared up for you right now!
So glad you shared this with us!
100% inspiration!

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CNWFIT 10/14/2009 12:16AM

    That's so awesome! Congrats! You must feel INCREDIBLE!!!

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BEAUTIFUL_BABY 10/6/2009 7:33AM

    emoticon Good 4 u!!

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SEEHOLZ 10/5/2009 1:59PM

    Great race recap! You should be super proud of yourself for turning some day into your day!!!

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LIL_EZZY 10/5/2009 6:41AM

    Your are right you do rock. Well done amazing woman.

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MYTURN11 10/2/2009 7:33AM

    Thank you for posting, that was a very exciting blog to read on a Friday or any day of the week for that matter. I love how you trained and your positive mindset and endurance. Very inspirational and you look great too. Big congratulations to you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CMMACIAS 10/2/2009 7:28AM

    I am planning on doing that Tri next year. I actually go to the Rec Plex everyday and was on the treadmill watching all of you amazing athletes! Such a tremendous accomplishment! Way to go. Hope to see you next year! Christie

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MARATHONMOM26.2 10/1/2009 1:50PM

    I'm doing my first tri Dec 6th... I've been thinking about it for years, finally did the Trek Women's Duathlon this summer and now I'm committed to the tri... haven't started training yet (oh no!!) but I've got a 1/2 M next weekend that I want to get out of the way first...

Congratulations on an awesome finish!! You definitely have inspired me emoticon

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TX.PATRICIA 10/1/2009 1:15PM


You ROCK!!!

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SHORTY20 10/1/2009 10:38AM

    Congratulations!!!!!! emoticon

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COUNTRYNETTERS 10/1/2009 10:36AM

    Way to go! Danskin in Pleasant Prairie was my "first" last year! (I agree the crowds there are great). I have done 2 more this year and they are totally addicting! I hope to keep doing them for years to come! Way to go!!! Reading your post gave me shivers and tears of joy remembering that "first-timer" feeling!!! :) Thanks for sharing, and you beat my first time on that course!! I was at 2:20! :)

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DRAMABEAR 10/1/2009 10:30AM

    Reading this was inspiring!! Good for you girl!

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RMREEVESOLIS 10/1/2009 10:24AM

    Wow, that is awesome! congrats to you. I'm not good swimmer at all, but I keep thinking about maybe joining up for a Tri. What a great challenge! Did you have some swimming skills before signing up? what did you do to develop your swimmin skills?

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PKELLAM 10/1/2009 10:23AM

    Tri's are on my "someday" list but after reading your blog I may just have to move one up to the "soon" list!

Great job!!

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RUNTRILAUGH 10/1/2009 10:06AM

    Congratulations!!! Tri's are super addictive, and I'm sure you will have lots of fun looking and doing your next few!!!!


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KSTYLEFITNESS 10/1/2009 9:57AM

    WOW!! Congrats to you on accomplishing such a major feat!! I can't swim nor bike, so I'll stick to the running.

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AJHOZ1 10/1/2009 9:43AM

    Congrats on your first Tri!!! I did my first in April and I plan on doing that one again. Its amazing to go through and look at where you start and then see where you end!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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