>Cross Training>Moving from Indoor Triathlons to the Real Thing
Buffalo Gal Rides Again
never heard of an indoor tri before
Puttin' on the foil
The voice of mile 18
Tri Rule #1 of Triathlon Training/Racing - If Momma ain't happy nobody is happy
OK! I did it today. Thanks for all of your encouragement. This was the perfect first Triathlon. It was limited to 125 people, in a small community north of Grand Rapids.
It was "sprint" distance. The swim was .43 miles, bike was 14 miles, run was 2.9.
Swim went great. I finished the swim and was out of the water and on my bike in 19 minutes. My greatest fears of getting knocked around were unfounded due to the small field. I just did breaststroke and went slow and steady. The guys started 3 minutes earlier than the women, and I still passed some guys!
First transition was fine (learned a lot in the Indoor Tris). My cheapy $200 road bike was better than expected. It was out and back - up 7 miles, down 7 miles. Did in under an hour. The bike is always my strongest section in an Indoor Triathlon (go figure). Had fun, but not ready to invest in a better bike yet
The run was a short 2.9 miles. Since I have shifted to longer distances, this was barely enough distance to warm up and get the kinks out from the transition. Ran slowwwww the first half, started getting stronger at about mile 2 and then it was done. Pretty close to my 5K race pace of 10:20.
All told, I was pretty happy about it. This is a nice community event, very well organized.
You didn't forget to take off your swim goggles for the bike ride? You didn't forget to take off your bike helmet for the run? You didn't get overheated and toss up?
It's a 5k. It hurt like hell...then I tried to pick it up. The end.
Nope. The Indoor Triathlons really prepared me pretty well along with the posts here on RA.
I did...um..not EXACTLY know how to set up my stuff in the transition area and didn't bring a handy-dandy backpack to carry all the stuff in like the seasoned triathletes. Just watched everyone and tried to figure it out. I did run with my bike gloves still on and probably looked dorky, but it seemed like the time it would take to get them off wasn't worth it, they seemed stuck to me like glue.
A friend of mine took a spill on the run leg and really skinned her hands. After that I decided I'd leave the gloves on for the run -- save time, and in case I was tired and fell down, they might help protect my hands.
Well...alrighty, then. Let's just say I planned to wear my gloves .
Heh, we just improved your transition post-facto!
Well, didn't make it faster, but made it sound smoother