Good for you for trusting your gut feelings and following through on them. It was wise of you to check out the course before race day. Now you have a goal to work toward, getting better on hills. You look to be doing great in the swim and run arenas so you're more than 2/3 there!
I know exactly how you feel. I was in your shoes last year and ended up making the same decision. I was only able to ride 5 miles but my tri is 17.5 miles and hilly the entire way. A weight was lifted off my shoulders. This year, I am attempting to do the same race. I have ridden 11 miles so far on the trails but only 8 miles of the course.
I took time to step back and reflect. I did not regret my decision. I am fighting hard to get thru it this year.
2013 Goals: - lose 50lbs -stay consistent in my workouts -strengthen my recently broken ankle
2012 Accomplishments: -cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot -completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon -sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.
You should not feel like a quitter. You have made huge improvements in your swimming, and even your cycling. I don't blame you for changing your mind about what your first race will be--it's not like you decided to never try one! (I'm not sure I'd be happy with those hills either--eek!)
Keep the route map for this part of the tri. In a few months, try it again, and use can use *this* route as a way to gauge your improvement!
Maybe you can look for an indoor tri in your area--pool swim, statrionary bike, and treadmill. You can get a feel for all three disciplines in a competitive environment, without worrying about hills for your first time out.
My husband and I went out to the race site to practice the bike portion. I struggled badly. To the point where I have decided not to do this race b/c it is 10 days away. This has been an agonizing decision b/c I don't want to think of myself as a quiter nor do I want to be percieved as a quiter. I still want to do a triathlon, just not this one. The cycling portion is very hilly and I think it is longer than the average sprint distance triathlon. The two hills are at the beginnig/end are a 15% grade and an 11% grade and I was having a very hard time. I only rode for about 7 miles and had to hobble up the hill in my cycling shoes before I stopped. The race distance is almost 18 miles.
I need to focus on getting my cycling better before I pursue another triathlon. I do not think this race would have been an enjoyable experience and I don't want my first sprint triathlon to feel that way. I actually feel like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders.
On a positive note, my swimming has improved sooo much! During the first few weeks I was having to throw in rest by swimming a breast stroke lap and now I can swim 1200 yards in under 30 minutes without stopping. A big difference from a few months ago!
I will do a triathlon and I am researching right now to find the right one for me. Thanks for all the encouragement you guys!
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