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First Triathlon Down and Behind Me.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Well, I did it. This morning I got up at 5 am at my breakfast - drank some water and was off to the park for my first triathlon. Or I guess technically it was a mini - quarter mile swim, 11 mile bike and 3.1 mile run.

I've been training for the last 2-3 months. I have struggled with the biking, I'm a fairly decent swimmer so I wasn't too concerned about the swimming. I've been running for a year now and know that I can run 3.5 miles without issue.

Well, I learned a few things this morning. First swimming in a lake is much more difficult than laps in a pool, and not due to the moving water. I didn't take into account all the pushing off the walls that you do in a pool. And while it was more difficult than I expected, it was not overwhelming. 18 minutes in the lake this morning - lap pool 13 minutes - best time ever was 11.5 minutes

Then came the biking... Oh how I stunk at the bike, I couldn't keep up to save my life - everyone just past me by. I think there were only 2 people behind me when I finished. Of course I didn't practice hill as much as I should have either. Well it's Florida - I mean overpass bridge. They really kicked my butt. My bike is a 15 year old mountain bike, and many of the people there were on racing bikes, definately out of my price range to do that - but I may consider an inexpensive road bike to try to improve my pace. 56 minutes - well it wasn't that much more than my best time of 52 minutes which involved only 1 bridge crossing vs. 8 today.

Finally - my run - what's the big deal. I run 3 plus miles 3 times a week. I did know that it took a bit to get the running legs back. During training I would walk 1/2 a mile before running the 3 miles to get rid of the rubberband legs. I had a bit more issue with the running today - I tried to run from the start. I had to walk portions, but I did a run/walk and finished in 37 minutes and average pace of a 12 minute mile which I think was a decent finish.

So when I was finishing the bike, I was so disappointed to be finishing so poorly - I felt like just quiting, I pushed on after all I wouldn't know all my times that I would need to improve on if I didn't finish. And I've never been a quitter. I finished - and that is more than many people do. My kids were with friends who watched them for me. I was kinda disappointed that they weren't there with me especially my oldest, who a few months ago competed in his first triathlon. When I went a picked them up I looked at Dylan and he asked me questions about how I did, and I thought about him. He's done 2 triathlons and he starts off like lightning in the pool, then he gets on the bike - and he rides at his own pace - and he enjoys it - he pushes it enough that he has trouble with the run, but he's happy and he enjoys it - he doesn't sulk because he doen't finish well. He enjoys getting out there and just doing it. I guess I should learn something from him.

So on September 22nd - I will compete in my second triathlon, The same course - my goal to improve my time. That's 2 and half months to train. I guess I'll be going for a bike ride tomorrow.

After my first triathlon

Dylan after his first triathlon

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  • SUMMER-14
    What an accomplishment! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1662 days ago
    emoticon So awesome!

    I think the swimming would kick my butt more than anything, but I am super impressed by your training in all three of these disciplines.

    Keep up the great work!
    1662 days ago
    What an achievement! No matter where you placed, you completed your first mini triathalon. emoticon

    emoticon Making plans for your second one in September!

    1662 days ago
    great job.
    1662 days ago
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