I wonder how many more little catchy sayings I can use with the word “Tri”.
It’s a little further into the season than I’d hoped before my first Triathlon this year, but my plans to do the previous one were changed when I decided to go ahead and do the LASIK surgery (a decision I do NOT regret one bit!).
A couple of big things changed this year: I purchased a triathlon bike and started riding with a group. I also find a super nice friend to actually teach me how to swim freestyle. See, when I said I didn’t know how to swim, I really meant it. Actually, for awhile I thought “freestyle” meant pick whatever stroke you want. I didn’t know it was the name of an actual stroke type.
Now that I’ve embarrassed myself.
Distance: .3 miles (600 yards)
Last years fastest time: 17:21
There is something about an open water swim that makes me nervous. I’d done a practice open water swim (I was nervous for that too) and completed up to 1400 meters (almost a mile) without stopping in the pool. I was still nervous. The buoy’s look REALLY far away. The swim warm up did help this time, though. Unfortunately the water was pretty much black so I couldn’t really see anything, but the fact that I knew I could make double the distance in a pool helped me stay focused. I started in the back though, still, and counted 4-5 seconds before I even began. I was pretty close to another girl most of the day – she ended up beating me – while doing the backstroke. Harumph.
This year’s time: 14:36 (almost 3 minutes faster!)
Last year’s fastest: 1:58
Actually I expected to have a longer transition time this year because I’m “clipped in” (I have bike shoes that literally clip into the pedals), but apparently I managed to get out faster and didn’t stumble too much while trying to get clipped in. Win.
This years time: 1:36
Distance: 12 miles
Last year’s fastest time: 40:41
Joining the YMCA Triathlon club and riding 1-2x a week in a group has been a HUGE help and has really made me not only push myself but realize I’m capable of going faster than I thought. There was a bit of a headwind on part of the ride (though not enough to really blame it on anything) and I think that I was a little more cautious than necessary on a couple turns because I hadn’t ridden the route since the year before, but overall I was happy with my average speed.
This year: 36:16
Last years fastest time: 48 seconds
I actually had to change shoes this year (bike shoes to running shoes), so I did add some time this time around.
This year: 1:09
Last year’s fastest time: 25:06
I honestly haven’t been running all that much but I’ve been pretty consistent about speed work so I was really hoping to knock some time off my run. Compared to the previous few
days weeks, it was actually pretty cool out at race start, but by the time I got running it had warmed up and the run just felt hard. I stopped to walk a bit once and briefly at all the water stops. Ugh. I hate running in the heat
This year: 25:25
Last year’s fastest time: 1:25:53
This year: 1:18:51
Age Group: 5/10 (missed 4th by 30 seconds and 3rd by 1:45)
Overall Female: 23/84
Swim Overall 53/84 (closer to the middle this time!)
Bike Overall 13/84
Run Overall 30/84
July 29, 2015 at 2:47 pm
You did a great job with the tri! The tri club workouts and speedwork are definitely helping. It’s awesome that you improved on most everything, minus the T-2 with the shoes and the 5K wasn’t *that* far off from last year. I bet the lasik is a big help with all workouts but especially swimming- when I got contacts it made running way easier than glasses.
BTW, until you pointed it out in your intro, I thought freestroke meant to just do whatever stroke you wanted… 😉
July 29, 2015 at 2:48 pm
Ha! Glad it wasn’t just me!!
August 2, 2015 at 2:35 pm
Great job! I am seriously impressed by your bike speed. And that’s a great pic of you running!