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My Very First Triathlon

For three years I have wanted to do a triathlon, and today I finally did it.
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Here I am at the finish line with my finishers medal! Do you like my t-shirt? I designed it myself!

The weather was less than optimal! Friday, the BuDu racing team announced on their Facebook page that wet suits were highly recommended because the water was in the high 50s. Yikes. I went and bought a wetsuit and took it to the lake to test it out. The temperature with suit on was stRill cold but bearable, when I stuck my face in the water I could see all the seaweed and started freaking out. I spent the rest of last night so nervous. I couldn’t even eat! I laid in bed for hours unable to sleep. Even this morning I was nervous and unable to eat.

I headed to the park around 9 on Saturday, although I had to turn around about 3 blocks away because I forgot my helmet! Too funny. Good thing we live less than two miles from the park. It was easy to figure out where my transition position and get set up. Although, the people around me were not as polite and rule abiding as they should have been. But oh well.

After I got setup I had to get my bib number marked on my arm, they also put your age and gender on your left calf.
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It’s blurry but do you see that at first they wrote an M for my gender!? Uh hello? I’m a F for female!

At 9:45 there was a meeting to go over some of the rules.
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Freezing! Waiting for the meeting.

My wave started at 10:05.
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The swim was the worst part, it was really cold. Swimming in open water is nothing like swimming in the pool, I can think of absolutely no similarities except but are wet! My very best word of advice is practice practice practice swimming in the lake if that’s where your tri will take place! Practice swimming with the wetsuit on. Not only was I scared to be in the middle of the lake unable to touch the bottom but I also felt very constricted in my wetsuit.

By the time I got done swimming I was exhausted, seriously, I felt like I had no energy. I think this was partly due to the cold and partly to with do my nerves. But I trekked on.

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In the transition area.

The bike ride was very windy, and I’ll admit I was pretty discourage after that swim. The people headed back kept telling me, “it’s easier on the way back”. It really was, the wind was to my back which really helped. I also gave my self pep talk towards the end, I knew I was in the back of the race. So I yelled out to myself. No one cares if you are last, except you. So stop. How many people do you know that have done this? Three. That’s right. You are one of three. So stop acting like a baby and get it done. You are about to run and you are an amazing runner! It worked to get myself out of my head and finish the ride.

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Here I am at the end of my ride headed into the run transition.

The run was difficult because I was so sore already, my shoulders and knees were aching. I also had cramps in my stomach at first but I kept going and I was able to pass a few people ahead of me which felt nice.

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In the end, it took longer than I expected but that’s ok. I did it and that’s what matters. It doesn’t matter if your first or last, it’s the race that counts. I do feel pride in myself. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. So far.

I’ve received an abundance of support that I never knew I had. My finish photo on my Facebook has received around 40 thumbs ups or comments. Plus support on the blog, and most of all my hubs. He was there at every transition cheering me on, he posted shout outs on Facebook and even left me this cute note.

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With my first tri in the books, I can’t say that I’m ready for another one yet but we will see! Maybe one in the pool?

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I Did It

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I finished! I’m crossing that off my bucket list. I’ll write a full detail post later right now in lounging around feeling sore!

Its Fast Approaching

This Saturday is the big day! My triathlon! I’ve been dreaming about doing a triathlon for nearly 4 years, and now it’s only 5 days away.

To be honest, I could have trained harder, I could have done more. But I do feel prepared for the most part. I am worried about the swim, I’m afraid I will get tired and not be able to finish. Or someone will push me or I will freeze to death!

My first and only goal is to finish (preferable not last). Maybe I won’t do the best but it’s still going to be a huge accomplishment.

Tonight I ran two miles on the track at the high school then jumped in the pool. Seriously there was 5 minutes in between the two sports. It felt good, but it wasn’t the most comfortable to run in my suit but I survived.

I also talked to someone that has completed in a triathlon before about what to wear, so tomorrow I’m going to do my swim in my outfit. Which includes a sports bra under my suit and capri running pants over. She said I will dry off over the bike portion so running all wet won’t be too awful.

Overall, I think it’s going to be great.

After my workout I enjoyed this delicious snack.

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A handful of blueberries, a light banana yogurt, and a crunched up granola bar!

Last Week’s Workouts

Usually I just keep of record of the workouts I did on my Triathlon Training page, but I’m so proud of how much I did last week I wanted to recap for you!

Monday: I planned for a 5 mile run, but I wasn’t feeling well. I ended up running only 1.5 miles and then walked my loop for 3 miles for a total 4.5 miles. I thought I could have been feeling sick because it turned out to be a hot day and I wasn’t really prepared for it or left over from my food poisoning.

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 3 mile speed run. I timed myself for the first during a 5k and was seriously impressed to find that I finished in about 28 minutes.

Thursday: Rest, but I did a quick two mile walk to burn some extra calories so I could have dessert.

Friday: Weight day. I did level 2 of Jillian Michael’s Shred with Weights. It was tough! I love using the kettle bell for my total body weight workout. I was sore the next day, which I have to admit doesn’t happen that often anymore. And I was sore in some weird places like the muscles in my back.

Saturday: 7.5 mile run. The last long run before Bloomsday. I should be able to finish Bloomsday in about 1 hour 15 mins, although that doesn’t account for any hills, so we will have to see how close I come.

This week I have to keep things a little more low key and low impact, I need to workout but not over do it, should be a fun week!

9 Days

Bloomsday is in 9 days! I will be running 7.46 miles with 50,000 other runners and walkers. Its my first “race” since Thanksgiving 2009.

From the Bloomsday website this morning!

To say I’m excited is an understatement. I’m totally pumped. I feel ready for it but I am a tiny bit nervous. My right knee had been hurting a little when I run and today its aching. In high school I had a knee injury, it was minor, no surgery just a little bit of physical therapy. So when my knee starts to hurt or feel funny, I tend to worry.

Today I planned on doing my last long run before the big day but I’ve decided to do it tomorrow instead for a couple of reasons. One, I would have had to fit it in between my jobs, I would have enough time but I’m usually tired after running for more than an hour and being that tired at work would be miserable. And two, I thought an extra day to ice my knee would be beneficial.

However, I did get a workout in! Today I did level two of Jillian Michael’s Shred With Weights DVD for the first time! I feel very proud to say, I only had to modify two of the moves. One was called Rock n’ Roll, where you start from a standing position holding the kettlebell in front of you, then lie down into a sit up position and then stand up again. I just didn’t have the core strength to stand up like that.  The second one was a push up with both hands reversed on the handle of the kettlebell. I couldn’t do this because of my wrists. I can barely do regular push-up because they are very weak, and I’ve had tendentious in them before.. It was tough workout but I loved it. Its nice to know how far I’ve come. When I first got that DVD I’m sure I turned it off early when I was doing level 1.

My plan for tomorrow is to get my long run in early, I want to do 7.5 miles so I can see my ideal pace for Bloomsday. Then after that, its low milage and cross training the rest the week. I’m thinking lots of swimming will be nice. I’m also planning to do one run around 4-5 miles and two shorter runs like maybe 3 miles. And two weigh lifting days, but those will need to be early in the week.

As for food, I’ve really got to fuel my body as a runner this week. Even though I’m not going to “win” Bloomsday, its still important to do the best I possibly can! To me that is winning!