Triathlon

Well, I did it! I finished my first triathlon! I’m not sure that I will do it again, but it was a great experience! I did think I might die during the swim – it didn’t help that is was only 60 degrees in August in Missouri. At one point as I see the buoy off in the distance, I contemplated flagging down one of the canoes. I convinced myself that I probably wasn’t going to drown and I should be tired – I mean, hello, I’m in a race!! I did flip over to my back a couple of time – mostly to make sure I wasn’t the very last swimmer (our heat was the last to enter the water – I was convinced I would be the VERY last swimmer out of the water and everyone would be staring at me. I even thought someone might announce over the loud speaker that I was the very last swimmer. Ha!). Thankfully, there were a number of people behind me.

I booked it to the transition area and somewhat slowly put my sock, shoes, helmet and gloves on. You couldn’t get on your bike until you were on the street – most people probably ran, but not me. I walked that part. The ride went better than I expected. I don’t pace myself well, so I kind of needed someone to set the pace for me. I was able to find a couple of people (one being a friend’s sister). My goal in the bike was to stay on my bike. I saw a number of people walking their bikes up the big hills and I did not want to do that. I succeeded and feel like I did pretty well.
When I got back to the transition area, I couldn’t find my spot – totally new I would do this! Next time I need a balloon to mark my spot. Oh, wait, I just said that I don’t know if I will do it again. I must be forgetting the pain. Don’t worry, as soon as I move – I will remember. Ha! My transition time before the run was actually not too bad.
The run was KILLER and running is my strength. My legs totally felt like jello and I seriously didn’t think I could go any faster. The run was also very hilly – not fun. I was able to kick it into gear for the last hill and book it to the finish line.
My total time, including transitions, was 1 hour 34 minutes. My goal was to finish somewhere between 1 1/2 hour to 1 hour and 40 minutes. Totally pleased with my time. I thought my run might be a little faster and I am disappointed that my swim was kind of slow, but seriously, I just had a baby a few months ago and turned 30. I think finishing a triathlon is a big deal!!
As I said, not sure if I will do it again. Maybe once I forgot the pain, I will consider it. Actually, I would sort of like to try one where the swim is in a pool instead of a lake. Wait. . . I’m not really contemplating doing another one, am I?
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Training

We have 4 weeks left until our triathlon!! The last couple of weeks, I have felt overwhelmed with training. I have been extra tired in the early mornings making it very difficult to get up – which in turn made me a little grumpy about training.

Last Saturday I biked for just under an hour – probably about 12 or 13 miles, but wiped out on the last mile. Before the fall, however, I was feeling pretty good about the biking. I wasn’t feeling like I was going to die or anything.
I ran 4 miles on Monday and felt great afterward – if it wasn’t for the fact that I needed to get home to feed Daphne, I might have been able to go a little farther.
I biked 6 miles on Wednesday morning – very easy ride (seriously never thought I would say that considering the first time I rode 4 miles I really thought I was going to die and I never wanted to get on a bike again). Then I swam about 1/3 of a mile in the afternoon. The swim was hard because I hadn’t taken the time to swim in about 3 weeks – oops. The weather has been unseasonable cool so I didn’t really want to swim in the cold water. It sort of took my breath away. I felt like I would never finish and that was while I could still touch! Now I know that I REALLY need to make the effort to swim a couple of times each week until the race.
Friday I swam about 1/3 of a mile. It went a little better today. The one thing about swimming in the lake is that if you are tired and out of breath, you can’t rest. I still have to float or tread water – not much of a breather.
Today, Jenny (my friend from church who is also doing the tri) and I rode the 12 mile route of the race. We had a few issues – my chain came off and got stuck. STUCK. Another biker (maybe cyclist is the better name for him) was riding by and stopped to help us. He even struggled to get the chain free, but finally had success and we were off again. The bike I am using is a little older so the gears are a little strange. I’m glad to actually know the route of the race – there are some KILLER hills! Seriously, we were CRAWLING at one point. When we finished the ride we ran for about 20 minutes. I was tired but not dying – which I can’t believe. Although, swimming first – which is the hardest part at this point – may totally change things.
I also need to add that my sister came over today to stay with the girls while Kevin and I trained. Actually, Norah and Lucy were going to come and we were going to alternate swimming while they played, but as soon as they heard Alison was coming overto stay with Daphne, they both wanted to stay home. They kept her busy and entertained. She did some VERY girlie things and Norah and Lucy tried to talk her into all kinds of stuff. They tried to convince her that I let them use my make-up – all of it. Ha! Thanks, Alison for hanging out with the girls – they had a blast!
I don’t feel quite so overwhelmed now and I know if I just stay consistent with my training, I should be fine. After today, I am getting a little excited about the race. If nothing else, it will be a great experience and has been a great way to get back in shape after having Daphne!!