Oh hey hey! I am a year older and wiser. As if that is even possible. I had the BEST 33rd BDAY ever. As most of you know, Karen and I competed in our first Triathlon. Well, lets just say we survived our first Triathlon. We were told you are not quite Triathletes until you do at least two (added to goal list).
The day started at the crack of dawn. We departed at 4:30 am. YIKES! But it was actually pretty sweet! By the time we hit Webster, MA the sunrise was beautiful and the air was nice and cool.
We racked our bikes the day before, so all we had to do was set up our transition station. I had no idea what the Christ I was doing, so I just glanced at everybody else’s towels and set up accordingly.
There was definitely some anticipation looking at all those bikes lined up!
The swim was first and Id be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit nervous.
That distance looked much longer in the lake. The one bonus was the water was 77 degrees. So nice! I didn’t want to get out. Can we just stay here?? (We felt like huge dweebs with our swim caps.)
Once we started swimming, all I could think of was getting out of that damn water! Probably should have trained a bit more. I definitely had to talk myself out of waving down a lifeguard in the first 30 seconds. But, after 21 odd minutes, I was out..thank GOD!
Then came the bike. This was a pretty good challenge on the legs. Fellow bikers pushed eachother on during the tough up hills, which was cool in a not so cheesy kind of way. It was a scenic hilly route, with lots of fast down hills. I was hitting over 30mph at some points, which seemed fast to me! I did well on the hills, but girls seemed to pass me on the flats. Apparently there is a science to biking. Ill need some tips on that for Tri#2. Still I finished the 12 miles in about 48 minutes. Fist pump worthy.
Last was the run. I was so happy to be on the ground I started off in (what felt like) a sprint. The run was super mental. “Just don’t stop” I kept telling myself. I was able to get through it in under 8:30/minute miles. I was pretty pumped about that seeing at the trial run, my miles where 10 minutes long!
I finished my first Triathlon in 1 hour 38 minutes and 26 seconds.
Karen smoked her goal to finish under 2 hours (12 minutes under). She was also able to run the whole 3 miles without stopping. Which was her biggest fear setting out!
We were absolutely amped about our performance.
It is pretty amazing what your body is capable of. I never thought I would be excited about exercising for almost 2 hours straight. But there is something so satisfying about pushing yourself to the limits. Whether its a 5k, walk, mud run, plank challenge…whatever. The reward of setting a goal and accomplishing it is freaking awesome. Period. I have a feeling this won’t be our last Triathlon.