Saturday was the big day: John’s and my first sprint triathlon! Back in June, I wrote about maximizing your summer and trying something new, hence signing up for a sprint triathlon. What I didn’t anticipate was that July would be a month of not feeling well and that moving to a new house really prevents sticking to a training schedule.
|It was early in the morning when we met up with other the triathlon-ers!|
- Practice swimming in open water before race day: I actually did train for the swimming part about 6 or 7 times before the race. However, I did not practice swimming in open water before race day. Swimming in an open lake with the waves of hundreds of other swimmers was certainly a different experience.
- Test your googles: I should have tested out my googles before getting in the water because they kept filling up with water. This wouldn’t have been as big of a deal in the pool, but trying to navigate swimming to the left of buoys and making turns in open water was challenging!
- Don’t be bothered when people kick you or swim over you – as happened in my case! – during the swim. It’s all a part of the experience I’m told.
Biking: 12 mile bike
- If you don’t have a road bike, borrow one! John and I only had our mountain/hybrid bikes which didn’t help our speed. It’s a little discouraging working as hard as you can to climb hills as other bikers are whizzing by you. But since we weren’t going for a good time, we didn’t let it get to us. Also, it’s difficult to properly rack a mountain bike in the transition station. Case in point, John got called out over the intercom prior to the race because his biked wasn’t racked properly. Thankfully, we weren’t disqualified!
- Pump up your tires before the race – which we actually did! And thankfully we did, because we passed a biker (the only one we passed!) who had a flat tire but refused to stop. The terrible noise of the tire alone would have made me quit!
- Do a brick workout (or two or three) before race day. (A brick workout is when you train on two disciplines one after the other during the same workout, i.e. bike/run workout). Though I run a lot, I was not prepared for how heavy my legs felt after biking 12 miles. I could hardly get my feet to move forward until a half mile in.
So there you have it, all my rookie mistakes from my first triathlon! However, through it all, we never stopped or took a break so I call it a success; plus we got a medal!
|John jokingly thinks I mainly run races for the cool t-shirts, socks, and gear I get at the event!|