I completed my first triathlon (Sprint distance - 1/4 mile swim, 12 mile bike, 3.1 mile run), and came in 3rd place in my age group!! :)
Finished in 1:27:44, which was better than I aimed for (wanted to finish in about 90 minutes), so I was very pleased with the results.
I also PR'd on my 5K pace, which was pretty amazing since I was definitely getting tired when I started the run.
But I trained really hard for this race, and I think it paid off. I have my 2nd one on Sunday, which is a little shorter - 1/4 mile swim, 9 mile bike, 2 mile run. Makes me wonder why they don't have a standard sprint distance?? Anyhow, should be a fun race. Hopefully the heat waits until we're done before hitting 90 degrees... supposed to be hot here in GA!
~*~ Emily ~*~
1: Meet my calorie goals every day
2: Veggies/Fruits EVERY DAY
3: 60 min exercise 5x week
4: Enough water DAILY
5: Check in at SP Daily
Highest Recorded/Start Weight January 2011 - 175 lbs (This was after I lost a little, so I guess I was around 180)
Maintaining a healthy weight since December 2011
** You cannot out-exercise a bad diet **
July SparkPoints: 1,096
Fitness Minutes: (6,660) Posts: 11 10/16/11 6:57 A
I did the Elephant Man Triathlon at elephant Butte Lake on Sept. 26 (Olympic Distance). I was part of a relay that called itself the Slicksilvers. There were 37 relay teams and we finished in the middle of the pack...not bad because there were 11 collegiate teams. Out swimmer swam in 57 minutes. Tough swim as the wind came up and there were 2 foot waves. The bike was equally tough...this is my deal. There was a headwind the first 16 miles and the course is very steep and hilly. The last 10.2 miles was smooth sailing and I did the ride in one hour 17 minutes. The runner was the swimmers husband and he was incredible! He ran the 10K in 42 minutes in 92 degree temperature. all in all it was a great day and I am already looking forward to next year.
My last race was the Spokane Triathlon, Olympic Distance on Sept. 12th. We did it as a relay, myself, my husband and my father-in-law. We were "A Guy, A Gal and A Geezer" team. The water was 55 degrees and I didn't have a wet suit! I got hypothermia but I finished the .93m swim in 40 minutes! We came in near the last, but we all finished our respective legs with pride:)
Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (126,656) Posts: 5,805 9/13/10 10:00 A
I did the Patriot Sprint Triathlon on Sept. 12, 2010. It was not organized as well as most of the tris I have done but it was fun. The bike course was extremely hilly and so was the run. I don't run so the run part of the course (through the desert sands) was definitely not to my liking!
Pounds lost: 18.0
Fitness Minutes: (118,715) Posts: 230 9/12/10 11:18 A
I completed my first sprint TRI. Although my time was far from impressive, I am happy to say I did it! I know I need to work on building my confidence for the swim. I plan to do the same race next year. I need to prove to myself I can do the swim (in a race - I have done it no problem when training) without panic.
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current weight: 135.6
Fitness Minutes: (126,656) Posts: 5,805 8/22/10 11:09 A
I did the Dam It Man Sprint Triathlon the last weekend in July. It was at Elephant Butte Lake in T or C, New Mexico. I competed in the Athena Division.
Deep water swim so we had to tread water and wait for the gun. I do no tread well so I floated on my back. The ride went over the dam and was extremely hilly and the run was hilly as well. The weather was over cast so it stayed pretty cool and at times I was chilled.
I won my division! Next time I will wear socks. This time one the run I did not and I got a blister. Weird as I had been running without socks for a month in the same shoes.
My workout partner and I met a very big goal this weekend. We participated in the Indoor Trialthalon at Lifetime fitness in Allen, TX. We have been working out together for over a year but the weight loss did not seem to be coming. We joined Sparkpeople in Dec and with the food log, the weight started coming off. We added running and swimming to the spin classes, and decided to try a tri. We set the goal about 3 months out from the event. We were able to complete the event without to much trouble, and actually was able to race faster than we train. I have been wanting to try a mini sprint, and we have set that goal for the Cooper Fitness mini spint in July. I can't believe that at 46 yr old I am planning on doing this event. I am not sure that the bike pants are a good look for us, but by July we should be a goal weight and the look should improve. The pictures on my sparkpage are from the tri. Wish us luck, or better yet, come race with us. All you really need is some really ugly bike clothes and alot of stubborness. I am sure the indoor tri sounds cheesy to real racers, but it was a good start for us and we had a blast.
I just raced last weekend (10/18/09). The air temperature was cold (52), but the water was warm(77). It was the first "cool front" of our area. As I don't own a wetsuit, I went in with my tri clothes. I did not warm up enough and had a horrible beginning to my swim. The rest of the race went well. Lesson learned about the swim portion.
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