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!
Edited by: AIMLESS07 at: 6/18/2009 (13:40)
Amy "Aims "
February 2010-Cowtown Half Marathon (13.18 Miles): 2:33:38
December 2010- Dallas White Rock Marathon- (26.43 miles) 5:53:48
March 2011- Dallas Rock n Roll Half Marathon (13.25 miles) : 2:28:37
January 2012- Houston Marathon (26.44 miles) : 4:48:46
March 2012- Dallas Rock n Roll Half Marathon (13.18 miles) : 2:14:45
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