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My first triathlon

Sunday, March 09, 2014

WARNING: This is a rambling blog. I'm tired from swimming, biking, running today :-)

How did my tri go? It was good!! We got in the pool to warm up. I was in the first heat (aka "slowpoke" heat). I shared a lane with a man named Chuck. He was faster than I was, but since we didn't circle swim, it was okay. We each stayed on our side of the black line. The pool was different than the pool at the Y. The chemicals were different, and it caught me off guard. It affected my breathing at first, and I had to get used to it. Also, it seemed like the black line ended closer to the end of the pool, and I almost klunked my head into the wall. It only took me a couple of laps to get accustomed to the different pool, and I had a nice, steady swim. I was slower than most, but I was faster than at least 2 people. So yay!! Next, it was on to the spin bike. I can spin with the best of them. My legs know how to turn over quickly!! There was nothing very exciting about the bike portion. It was just "go fast, go uphill, go fast, we're done!" After 30 minutes of spin, we were off and running. I worked so hard on the bike, my legs were wobbly for the first quarter mile or so. But every lap (21.1 around the track) was +/- 1 or 2 seconds of the first lap. It was the most evenly paced 5K I'd ever run. Fast? No. Well executed? Yes.

I spoke with the event director afterward, and she said my swimming form was really good. That made me feel good, because I am obviously (visibly) weaker on my right side due to the titanium shoulder replacement. That is something I have to deal with. It's a pretty major thing, really. It may mean I will never be as fast as I want to be, but I'm not going to be as slow as most people with a shoulder replacement would be.

It was a training tri today -- a wonderful introduction to the world of triathlons. My next triathlon is a sprint tri on April 26th. Today's tri gave me the confidence I needed to know that I may not be last place!! And if I do place last, I'll be good with that. Triathlons aren't easy. First place or last, we're all triathletes.
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