So in January I started swimming at school. My goal was once a week, but it probably was more like once a month. I was biking at least once a week and running when I could. In May and June I really picked it up, running 2-3 times a week, biking 2 times a week, and swimming when I could. I really thought I could do this!
After the 5K in July I started to question if I could really do this. I bought a road bike from a friend and that brought a new set of insecurities because it had clip in pedals and my first ride I fell twice.
The week before the race, I came to terms with a lot of things. First, this race was for me. I had to do it at my pace (which I didn't do in July's 5K) and I had to focus on MY goals. I was not racing Carrie (my good friend who was also running this, but is a faster biker and runner than I am) or anybody else. For this first tri, I was just racing me. This week I ran, biked and swam and felt really confident going into today.
My goals for the race:
1. Finish it. As long as I completed it, I told myself I was not going to walk away disappointed.
2. Not be last.
3. Finish in under 2 hours. I was estimating 30 minutes for the swim, an hour for the bike, and 30 minutes for the run. There was part of me that thought I could do it in an hour and a half (15 min/50 min/20-30 min), but I didn't want to be disappointed, so I stuck with 2 hours.
Saturday morning was nerve racking! Got to Herb Parsons Lake around 5:30 am and got ourselves ready. Glad to have lots of time to get everything set.
And finally, I dove in (second from the left)!
About 12 minutes later I got out and was ready to bike:
One hour and three minutes into it, I rolled in...no falls, but couldn't unclip my second foot when I was done, so I just unstrapped it and ran in! The bike ride felt really good and was a little faster than my normal 11 mile time.
At this point, I thought, maybe I can do this in 1:30! Even though this leg was where the tired feeling set in my 2 mile trail run/walk was enough. I did run the last 1/4 mile which was back out of the woods where everyone could see. And I made it!!
Don't let that time fool you. It was a staggered start. Ryan points out my actual chip time below:
That's 1:29:31 if you can't read it! And he's covering my friend Carrie's time right below mine. She did it in 1:26! I am so happy with how the whole thing went! And I learned a lot in the process. Things I chose not to worry about this time could earn me some time next race. Buying a tri-suit so I don't have to add clothes and can have a quicker transition for example. I will also do more endurance training. The run was when I really got tired. Carrie and I did one bike/run, but I will do more of those before I do this again.
Thanks for reading this and thanks to everyone who supported me through this!!