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My First Triathlon

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I did it!! emoticon I completed my first sprint triathlon on Sunday in 1:52:11. I was hoping to finish in under 2:00, but I had no idea what to expect and how long that the transitions would take, but I did it and beat that goal!!

The tri started with the swim. The water temp was 70.1, so it was "legal" to wear a wetsuit. Thankfully I had one from my water skiing, except it is a size 11. I tried it on last week worried that it was going to be too small, but it fit!!!!!!! emoticon I haven't fit into it in I don't know how many years, so that was exciting.

The swim was interesting, to say the least. I get way too worn out right now trying to do the freestyle, so I was doing the breaststroke the whole time. That was definitely challenging trying to do and not get kicked or kick someone else. I had to do a side stroke in a few places because it was too tight to try to do the breast stroke.

Once I got done with the swim, it was up to the transition area (yes, it was uphill) to get ready for the bike portion. I peeled off the wetsuit and put on my cycling shirt, which was a bit difficult to put on because I had my number already pinned on it.

It felt good to get going on the bike, which is my strongest event. I didn't do quite as well on it as I had hoped because there were some pretty strong winds. The bike route took us up and back twice up a 4 mile stretch of highway. It seemed like I was going into a headwind both ways.

Once I got done with the bike, it was time for the run - my weakest event (and last, of course). I got my helmet off and my shoes changed as fast as I could and did a slow jog up to the run start. My legs felt like rubber at that point, so it was hard to get going on the run. I did a slow, steady jog for about the first 1/2 mile, then increased my speed a little bit. I had to walk in a few places, but overall I was trying to keep up a steady speed. About a mile of the course was on a trail, so that added a new challenge of wet grass, tree roots, and hills to the run (like I needed more of a challenge on the run section).

My hubby caught up to me at about the 2 mile mark and ran with me until we got to the end of the trail. I thought that we had gone about 3 miles at that point and that we would be seeing the finish line. I was so disheartened when we got out and I saw a sign that said 2.3 miles that I just hit a brick wall at that point and had to start walking. My hubby asked if I was ok and I told him "I don't know". He pushed me to continue on and we walked for a little bit and then jogged together. He stayed with me all the way to the finish to make sure that I was ok. He even held himself back and crossed the finish line with me. He is extremely competitive, so I am extremely grateful to him for doing that for me.

Looking back at my times, I actually finished the 5k portion of it faster than I did my first 5k last October!! I am amazed at how much stronger and fitter that I have become in a little less than a year. Last year it was difficult to run a 5k, now I can do a triathlon and have ridden my bike over 1,300 miles this year (including a difficult, hilly 100 mile Pelotonia). It has been quite an amazing year and I am looking forward to new achievements in the future as I continue on my journey.
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  • JUSTTRIING
    Karen,

    This is so exciting. Congratulations! I think the running after biking is such a weird feeling. You feel like your legs are rubber and that they just aren't moving...then you find out you are actually running way faster than it feels.

    Hope there are more tri's in your future. Maybe we will even be at an event together:)
    3306 days ago
  • FRISKY120276
    You are such an inspiration!!! I am so happy for you, and what a great hubby! Congratulations! :)
    3322 days ago
  • KRISCHICK
    AWESOME! You did a great jon and you should be extremely proud of yourself. You are amazing!
    3324 days ago
  • BILLALEX70
    Awesome accomplishment for both of you!

    Congratulations!
    3324 days ago
  • KJDOESLIFE
    That's awesome! (And sounds like a ton of fun!) Good job on your time and your hubby sounds great!

    Congrats on the tri!
    3324 days ago
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