Sunday, March 27, 2011
Today I did my first triathalon ever!! And it was in the snow, which is not the normal way to do a tri and my cheeks are wind/frost bitten from it. This one started with a run and I was in the last wave, which meant we saw the fast people on their bikes before we even got to the starting line. The run was my easiest most enjoyable part. I happened to match up with another lady who had the same pace as me and we stuck together for the run. We weren't super chatty, but it was still nice. Then the transition area, quick drink of water, put on the helmet, grab the bike and run the bike to the bike start line where you are allowed to mount. The bike part was hard, the wind was so cold and going fast mad it colder. It was basically flat though, so it was easy enough. However, bike seats and my butt do not get along. I was sore (like bruised sore) right away, luckily it was cold, so that helped numb the pain in my butt. After that it was back to the transition area where you put your bike, helmet and strip down to your swim suit, put on your swim cap and goggles and run (in bare feet) to the pool. In this case the pavement was so cold, I really did run. Then it was a snaked pool where each lane is only one direction and when you get to the end of the lane, you go under the lane divide and go down the next lane. I expected the swim to be my easiest/most comfortable event. I swim several times a week in the mornings and the distance of 10 laps is my standard distance before I stop and get a drink and then do 10 more laps. So I really thought this was going to be fairly easy. What I didn't count on was that my legs were not really functioning very well. They were tired, so I didn't notice that I was hardly kicking. I had to stop a couple of times at the end of the lane to rest. At one rest, a coach who had just finished helping one woman out of the water early (she had muscle cramps and just couldn't finish) walked over and asked me how it was going. I said, it was going, I was just catching my breath. He said, make sure you use your legs, they will make it easier, I noticed you were not kicking much. I thanked him for the solid advice and finished the rest of the swim without much incident. When I climbed out of the pool and walked across the finish line, boy was I tired, but you could not wipe the smile off my face. I was so proud of myself. I just finished my first triathalon, I did it in the snow and I did it four months pregnant. I had a banana, a cup of water and a couple of mandarin oranges before I hit the shower. I got to the car and had a cup of maple yogurt and coconut water (great electrolytes, not gross like gatorade). Now I am tired, and my poor butt hurts when I sit down, but I am so damn happy I did it.