Less un-prepared for a Triathlon

A little over a week ago, I randomly decided to sign up for a sprint Triathlon.  My ankle wasn’t co-operating with my 2017 half marathon dreams.  So I decided to see if I enjoyed triathlons.  If I enjoy this one enough, I’ll probably aim my training towards an Olympic distance next summer.

I have done triathlons before.  But it’s been at least 14 years since I did one.  Did I mention that 14 years ago I was a full scholarship rower?  I still came in last place for my age group.

During that race, I realised that rowing did not translate to triathon.  I did zero running training (I hated running back then), rode a mountain bike and did no open water swimming in preparation.  I remember the swimming portion being somewhat terrifying.

With less than 2 weeks to prepare, I knew that I was only aiming to finish the race.  I have been swimming (in a pool), biking (on an indoor bike) and running (limited mileage) this year, but am not trained for speed.

This past weekend was the most I could do to prepare for the race.  I’m borrowing a road bike from my husband’s work.  Compared to my hybrid, it’s insanely fast.  I took her out for a 7.5 mile ride on Saturday.  Once I got over my fear and figured out how to shift gears, I really enjoyed everything but the seat pain.  I ended up naming her the hummingbird and I hope she will help me fly.

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I also decided to try an open water swim.  We took the kids up to Kezar Lake in Sutton, NH and I swam out into the lake and back a couple times.  It’s a good thing I did.  I ended up panicking a little on the first portion of my swim.  While I have been swimming my whole life, I forgot how black the bottom of a lake is.  On top of that, swimming through the temperature differences even at the surface of the water had my body freaking out.

By my second trip out I had gotten control of myself.  I kept my eyes focused on my hands in front of me and my body had acclimatized to the temperature gradients.  I’ll have to sit in the lake for a while before the race starts so my addrenaline doesn’t kick up a notch.  I don’t have a wet suit and it’s been a cool week in New Hampshire.  Luckily it’s only a 1/4 mile swim.

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As for the run, my mileage lately has been low.  I have been enjoying the few runs I have done, as long as they are below 5 miles.  This triathlon is only a 2.7 miles loop between bridges, so I’m confident that it wont be a problem.

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What has me most freaked out is the 12 mile bike route.  Doesn’t seem bad until you see the elevation chart.  It’s going to be hilly.

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Overall I’m excited, and terrified.  I’m not sure what I’m getting myself into and that’s what’s great about it.



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