I am a triathlete!

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Well, I did it! It was only a sprint triathlon, but a daunting task nonetheless for a person who one year ago today got winded if I walked up a flight of stairs too fast.

The race was swim half a mile, bike 12.5 miles, and run a 5k (3.1 miles). My first time ever swimming in open water, I thought I was in the back of my wave of swimmers but I still had one guy basically swim right over me. Had to put my goggles back on and cough up a lung of water, but I was surprisingly able to get back into my rhythm pretty quickly.

The most difficult task of the day was probably getting out of my wetsuit. Don't tell anybody, but as I was putting my helmet on I actually saw a guy pull his shorts down while he was struggling to pull his wetsuit off. An extra bonus for Sandra, but he acted like it was no big deal, pulled his shorts back up and coninued with his transition like nothing happened.

The bike was...painful. I train on the Jersey shore, where you can find a few hills but it's mostly flat. The good news is I passed at least 30-40 people on the bike, and was probably only passed by 4 or 5 people. The bad news is it was a very hilly course, when I got to the top of each hill my thighs were singing a very sad song...

Which led to a difficult run. That was hilly as well, but a really nice run through town. Lots of people out cheering you on from their front porches, which was nice. I ran a 5k in 27 minutes last month, and for some reason I thought I could do the same in a triathlon...wrong!

It took me 31 minutes, my weakest split of the race, as the hills on the bike took their toll. The first mile I felt like my legs weren't even moving, after that I started feeing better. I need to find hills to run on too, I suppose...or find flatter race courses! My worries about my tri-top came true, I really felt like I was bouncing all over the place. Good thing I was running so slowly, if I was running faster it would have been worse!

Didn't seem to bother me in the April 5k, I didn't even think about it. I did that race in a t-shirt, but the tri-top is so form fitting it seemed to accentuate every movement of both body parts. I went to a triathlete forum yesterday and asked busty women what they do. More than one mentioned wearing two bras during the race instead of one. Ugh.

The best part about triathlons is the cameraderie among the athletes. Everyone who passes you seems to say something encouraging, and I was doing the same. It's truly very friendly out there in the middle of the pack, and after the race during the athlete's buffet there was certainly a common bond of pain and accomplishment.

Well I start training today for my next race, in August on the Jersey shore, so no hills...but an ocean swim. Then I finish the season with what is called an Olympic distance race (guess why) in September. Swim a mile, bike 25 miles, run a 10k.

If you've ever thought about training for a triathlon, I can tell you the sense of accomplishment after you finish is absolutely overwhelming.


Sandra
 
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Congrats Sandra.

Try taping those puppies down. ;) :D
 
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That's awesome Sandra. Congratulations!!!!!! :up
 
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Congrats Sandra.

Try taping those puppies down. ;) :D

Ouch!!!

One common trait amongst triathletes is the goal of reducing irritation from rubbing as much as possible. I can't even imagine having tape around them, and besides, I would say my puppies are most likely not tape-able anyway! :D


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Ouch!!!

One common trait amongst triathletes is the goal of reducing irritation from rubbing as much as possible. I can't even imagine having tape around them, and besides, I would say my puppies are most likely not tape-able anyway! :D


Sandra

Yea, I was just kidding of course. I guess that would hurt.
 
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Yea, I was just kidding of course. I guess that would hurt.

No problem. The thought of wearing two bras while racing doesn't seem much better! :)



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Sandra, Congratulations!
That is a great accomplishment! I have been blessed and have been able to do many triathlons in the past. I am currently working back to my "fighting" weight. The races are addicting and the training is hard and time consuming, but it makes the racing so much more enjoyable.
Run, Run and Run is the key for a better swim and bike! An old tri-buddy told me the following about running...
"It is not IF you are going to run today, but WHEN you are going to run today!"

Enjoy it!
 
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Sandra, Congratulations!
That is a great accomplishment! I have been blessed and have been able to do many triathlons in the past. I am currently working back to my "fighting" weight. The races are addicting and the training is hard and time consuming, but it makes the racing so much more enjoyable.
Run, Run and Run is the key for a better swim and bike! An old tri-buddy told me the following about running...
"It is not IF you are going to run today, but WHEN you are going to run today!"

Enjoy it!

Thank you!!!

You are so right about the races being addicting, I'm already looking forward to my next one...provided I don't become shark food!

Great point about running, especially since I was surprised when that leg became my worst split time. I try to run only on the boardwalk or on trails, to reduce the pounding on my legs. That makes running an 'event' I have to drive to, which is OK but keeps me from just opening the front door, walking out and starting my run.

Good luck if you're planning to race again!


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Wow--I'm impressed.

I routinely bike 25 miles and run 10 km, but I can't swim worth a lick. Congratulations.
 
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Congratulations! are you sore?

Thank you. No I'm not sore at all, I got that out of the way in stages...walking last June, running in August, swimming and biking over the winter.

Even the pain in my thighs from the hills on the bike didn't last.


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Very impressive.

No way I could ever do a triathlon.

For me, just doing one of those for a long distance is tough- try multiplying that by three!
 
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Very impressive.

No way I could ever do a triathlon.

For me, just doing one of those for a long distance is tough- try multiplying that by three!

You just have to get addicted to the training. After that it's easy.


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