I can’t believe it’s been a week since I completed my very first triathlon. I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to recap the race, especially since I loved the experience so much!
It was an indoor triathlon sponsored by the Cleveland Triathlon Club down at Cleveland State University. Here’s the jist of the race:
- 20 minute swim
- 20 minute bike
- 20 minute run
Then the distances of all three are totaled to come up with the places. And since we did the bike portion in the spinning room, everyone received the same score for the bike.
I was most nervous about the swim. It had been over a month since I had last been swimming and I had never swam in an Olympic distance pool (50 yards instead of 25!). Talk about intimidating.
Luckily the horn blew pretty fast once I was in the water so there was no time to get any more nervous than I already was.
I definitely went out too fast and had a quick moment of panic when I thought to myself “Shit, what am I doing? There’s no way I’ll be able to maintain this pace for 20 minutes.” But once I slowed down a bit and got into a groove (and calmed my anxious ass down) things went swimmingly.
Well, except for the fact that my goggles have a tendency to fog up after about 250 yards. But I didn’t want to waste any time fixing them so I just kept swimming through the fog. I had no idea how much time was left on the clock. At one point I wondered if I was the only one still out there swimming like a big turd when everyone else was done and getting out of the pool (luckily this wasn’t the case!).
900 yards later I was getting out of the pool and heading to the locker room to change for the bike.
There may or may not have been an awkward moment in the locker room when my sports bra got stuck and I was hopping up and down trying to get ahold of it to pull down. It is NOT EASY putting tight spandex on after a swim (no matter how much I dried myself off!).
The spin portion was fine. The music wasn’t my fav, but what can you do. Nothing will ever compare to Jen’s Psycle classes!
Then the run. On the tiniest track ever (11 times around equaled a mile).
I knew it was only 20 minutes so I really pushed myself. Which I think you can tell in this picture since I look like death:
And that guy in the blue right behind me? Total rockstar. Passed me like 4 times on that stinkin track.
But in that 20 minutes I somehow maintained a 7:46 pace. J and I both looked at each other shocked when we calculated that. He may have even said “Is that right?”. Again, why I look like death in every single running picture he took.
And after all that work I ended up with this:
1st place in my age division, and 4th place overall girl. But, to be fair, the top 3 overall winners weren’t included in the age groups, so if they had been then I would have gotten 2nd place in my age group. But who cares, I’m going with 1st. That is what the certificate says, right??
This was the PERFECT first triathlon experience. I can’t wait to learn more about the sport, meet more people, and do more races!!
What would be your favorite part of a triathlon? The swim, bike, or run?? I’m kinda in love with all 3………