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