So as for the day of the Triathlon, I couldn't sleep all morning. I woke up at 4am and ate a whole bowl of granola and had a banana. I figured if I'm not going to sleep I might as well eat so I don't eat right before the race. The race started at 8 and I wanted to be there at 7 to get a good spot for my bike. I had a huge packing list so I double checked everything. Once it was time to leave of course it started to sprinkle outside and it was only about 60 degrees. I got my station all set up and my friend Jessie came early too so we set up out stuff next to each other. TIP: Get there early and set up your bike on the outside so you don't have trouble finding it after the swim! Or bring a balloon to tie at your station so it is visible. I saw many people taking their time looking for their bike because they forgot where it was. NOT GOOD!
Bike set up right next to Jessie's.
Me and Jessie nervous for our first race!
All of us work together at the pool
My little station with everything organized for
easy access after the freezing swim.
In our wetsuit ready to go for a swim before the
race started. I'm so glad we did this because it helped. Since
we were already cold the water felt warmer once
the race started. I would recommend doing this!
Cold Cold Cold!
Putting on the goggles for our first dip!
Once we swam for about 5 minutes the horn sounded for us to go to the start line. I was so nervous for the swim because I had never swam with so many people around me. I am used to swimming in an 86 degree pool with lap lanes! Jessie definitely calmed me down and had me follow her in the lake.
People splashed and pushed and kicked all over the place. I was smacked a couple times and wished I practiced more open water. All I could think about was just go because the faster the swim is over, the faster I can get on the bike and do the fun part. A few times I was out of breath and had to side stroke and back stroke. I felt like I was going nowhere!
I felt so good after about 2/3 of the way through. I just paced myself and realized I was almost done! I started thinking: ok gotta get out and run to my bike!!
This is where I felt confident. I was tired, out of breath, sore legs, and the excuses could go on and on. I quickly realized: just go! Off I went and every time a negative thought kept me from pedaling I just thought about the end. After mile 7, I remember my legs throbbing with pain. I wanted to just get off and sit down for a drink! This route made us do the bike loop twice so once I neared the park again there were spectators cheering us on. I cant believe how much that helped me get through to the next loop. Everyone wanted us to finish and I just pushed through that second loop a lot quicker than the first time around.
Woohoo! Here I am super stoked about finishing the bike ride. Super nervous
about how my legs are going to feel on the run!
The run was great! Started out feeling like a dream where you're running but you don't feel like you're moving. Its a crazy feeling but I definitely practiced during my training. Block training had to be one of the most helpful trainings for the triathlon. I did run about a quarter mile out and then stretched my calves really quickly. About a mile into the run this gal started talking to me and before we knew it we were past mile 2. Because we were not allowed to use ipods this was a great way to run. I took my mind off of how much my body hurt and just enjoyed our conversation on this 3.2 mile run. :)
After the Triathlon I had friends and family cheering for me and the chocolate was amazing! I made 3rd place in my age group! I want to do many more triathlons in the future. Next step is to buy my own wetsuit and road bike. I borrowed from friends for this triathlon.
Final time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Swim: 10.20 minutes
Bike: 49 minutes
Run: 27.30 minutes
Since the race I have decided to sign up for a couple small runs (pub runs in Tacoma). I also went to the Rock N Roll Expo in Seattle this weekend and signed up for my first Rock N Roll half marathon for 2013! I am super excited about it and can't wait to train for it. During the expo I also went to a blog meeting with my friend Jill. It was mostly about bloggers and why they blog. It really inspired me to write about my experiences and have fun meeting new people while doing it. I can't believe how many people meet through blogs and do these runs together. It really is a community. It really opened my eyes to a whole different world of writing and meeting people. Running and these races are more about everyone together for a common purpose. I felt: community. This inspired me to run.