I’m on a triathlon high, that’s for sure. I purchased a wireless bike computer (a gadget that will tell me my speed, distance, etc.) as soon as I got home from the race. This will help me to train smarter for my next triathlon which is to be determined.
As I mentioned, my good friend Kelly + I put the Capitol View Triathlon on our calendars months ago. And as many things in life, triathlon day was here before I knew it. So much so that I didn’t even get swimming training in, seriously zero. It was safe to say the swim made me a little nervous.
Kelly is getting to be a seasoned pro at these things. This is great because I just asked every question that I had before the race. Because this was only a sprint triathlon (400 meter swim, 10 mile bike, 3.1 mile run) and her bread and butter is a little bit longer, we knew it was shaping up to be a close race between us. We agreed that she would most likely best me in the swim and bike, but I thought there was an outside chance I could run her down. This is exactly how it panned out (although her bike chain did come off, so she did have to take a pause to pop that back into place). As we have a very friendly competitive natures, she is excited to try to get me back in the next one…which will probably be a further distance and more to her advantage. Before you think I was the only one competing, she told me how she was calculating how fast she needed to go on the bike in order to put enough distance on me to make it impossible to catch her in the run 😉
The key having a healthy competitive relationship: we both want the best for each other and celebrate the other person’s successes on and off the triathlon course.
Here is a break down of my race by legs:
Swim: Can we all just agree that swimming is hard? Kel borrowed me her old wetsuit, so I didn’t have to freeze my buns off. I had never used one before, which probably isn’t recommended either…but, we plunged in and I just swam away. The wetsuit was pretty tight on my shoulders, so at times I felt a little constricted. 400 meters doesn’t sound or look that far, but it was pretty challenging. My goggles fogged up and I had to resort to a backstroke (okay, it was twice), but it went just fine and I loved getting my least comfortable event out of the way.
Bike: I was excited to get onto my bike. Anything was better than swimming at this point. For the first mile I told myself to sip on my Rehydrate and let myself recover a bit. I knew Kelly is a workhorse on her bike, and this was confirmed as she steadily gained on me. When I saw her at the turnaround (as the bike course went out 5 miles and came back that same 5), I knew I needed to stay within my own race and push myself. Overall, the bike went pretty well. I know I can do better both mentally (during the hills, I was just like really? Are these 2 huge hills really necessary?) and physically (faster pace) during the next one, but I learned from it. This is one reason that I immediately bought a bike computer after, I know I’ll need to close this bike gap for the next one. I’m coming for you girl 😉
Run: This was only my second triathlon ever (last one was a few years ago) and from my first one I remembered my legs felt like bricks when I took off running. Not the case this time, I felt relatively fresh and was ready to start running people down. The slight annoyance was the fact that I had to pee, I seriously considered my two options: stopping at the port-o-potty that was right outside the transition (decided against this, Drew + Kelly’s parents were right at that spot with encouraging words), or pee myself. I wasn’t exactly sold on smelling like urine, so I decided to hold it. After about 800 meters, I told myself not to think about it and concentrated on trying to catch up with Kelly. I passed a few girls that looked like her, but I couldn’t find my fast biking friend. It wasn’t until about 2.25 miles in that I had her in my sights. We chatted + encouraged each other and then I was poised to finished strong. The run overall went really well. The course was completely on trails and since Madison had a lot of rain the night before/morning of it was really sloppy, which didn’t help anyone’s time.
Overall place in my division: 2nd
Overall time: 1:20:14.1.
At this time I feel more interested and motivated by triathlons than just running alone. The three legs really challenged me and pushed me outside of my comfort zone.
Kelly and I immediately decided to plan another triathlon weekend. It was so great to spend time together + we both agreed that it makes for a great weekend. Kel loves being healthy + active too and she pointed out that to prepare for the event you have to eat well + hydrate well all weekend. Afterward you feel encouraged + motivated, which to us means a successful weekend.
Thanks to Capitol View Triathlon for putting on such a great event! I would highly recommend this, especially if you are a beginner. Also, special thanks to our cheering section! My husband did such a great job of getting around the course, encouraging me + taking lots of pictures. The Magnus crew is always supportive + refueled us by treating us to a delicious brunch.
Have a great week!