Sunday morning I officially completed my very first triathlon. Now, it was a sprint tri which means the distances were very low. It was a 400 yard swim, an 8 mile bike ride, and a 2.5 mile run. This is compared to the Ironman 70.3 that Lance Armstrong competed in on Sunday. The distances for that one were a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, and 13.1 mile run. Everyone has to start somewhere though right?
I had decided I wanted to get into triathlon's last year. At the point I did strength training and I ran. I have a pool in my yard but don't swim in it (who would when you could float around on a raft and nap?) and I don't own a bike. So why would I think it would be a good idea to do a triathlon when it had been years since I did the other two sports? I think it was because of the challenge. Why would I think I could possible do a triathlon? The more I thought about it the more I felt it was something I wanted to prove I could do.
|giving Husband the thumbs up before I started|
Then I was happy to find myself finally pregnant and kinda put doing a tri out of my head because I knew money would be spent on things getting ready for the baby and medical costs etc. However I started to have Achilles issues and had to take time off from running, hello cross-training. I started to build up the biking and swimming again. I also realized that part of my depression was being upset I couldn't do any of the winter races I had planned on. So I did a quick search and found an indoor triathlon. This wouldn't required me to own a bike since it's all inside at a gym. Now I had something to train for.
|Proof I can do the swimming! Now when can I get that bike|
While I was nervous, I wasn't too bad. I was more nervous about how it would work and what it would be like than anything else. I actually think it helped for me to do my first one while pregnant. I knew I had to watch my heart rate, which means I couldn't go as fast as I could or want to. This means I had no placement goals, I couldn't try to be first in my age group. I knew I didn't want to be last but also knew it was a strong possibility and told myself not to be upset if I was. This was my first triathlon and I was completing it while 26 weeks pregnant.
During the swim portion I knew I was slower right away. I was doing breaststroke while everyone else seemed to be doing freestyle, which is just naturally faster. I kept it steady and did what I could. Husband said that I was behind the first lap but after that I started to gain on people and finished before 2 others..although barely.
|Just getting started on the bike|
Then the run was next. This is where I felt the most comfortable. After all, I rarely stop a run at 2.5 miles and that was all I had to do. My legs were very tired and fatigued from the swim and bike though, during the bike I was actually worried about the run portion. However the minute I started to run that all went away. My legs felt strong. My breath was even. I felt GOOD. When my 2.5 miles was up I didn't want to stop. I wanted to run faster and I wanted to run further. That was one of the best feelings. It also felt good that I know I passed up two others on the run portion. I admit, since we were on treadmills I would sneak glances at the two ladies on either side of me and I could tell that my pace was faster and I slowly watched as I gained on them. Man did that feel freaking good. I was doing a tad over an 11 min pace. My normal pace for my non-long runs is under a 9 min mile. I can't even imagine how well I would have done had I been able to run a normal pace. Plus, knowing I only had 2.5 miles I would have pushed the pace and gone faster than normal.
|Not a good picture but the best of the runs|
I was putting on my ipod since running on
a TM is boring as heck
I cannot wait to do this same triathlon next year. I won't have to watch my heart rate so I know I can go faster and push pace. After completing only one triathlon I know I want to do more and I realize that these distances aren't going to be the challenge I need. I also feel that I want to do several more of the sprint tri's though just to get comfortable with the sport and to watch myself improve. Of course, until I get a bike I also have to stick to indoor tri's and most of those are of a sprint distance.