Holy cannot sleep this week Batman. I have this tiny little pit in my stomach, a swim, bike, run pit. I figure I’ll be honest with you. I mean I know I’ll most likely be fine this weekend during the triathlon but it’s the whole “I have never swam 400 yards EVER in my life, much less decided to follow a long swim with an even longer bike ride” thing. On Sunday morning, when you wake up and are getting the sleepy from your eyes, know that I’m probably somewhere in Georgia, peeing in a lake.
But seriously, I needed some Iron encouragement from our pal Elena. My final triumphant words of wisdom:
(a) ENJOY YOURSELF. This is your FIRST triathlon and only FIRST…so enjoy every second.
(b) Bring a small towel for T1. You’ll have wet and dirty feet when you exit the water, so you will want to quickly wipe your feet before you put socks and shoes on.
(c) I put my sunglasses in my helmet when I set up the transition area. That way, I know I have to put them on with my helmet. Otherwise, I tend to fumble around with them.
(d) ENJOY YOURSELF and breathe
(e) I am not sure what you are wearing so let me know if you have questions there [I already took Elena’s rec and went to a custom tri shop and have a fun outfit, that was the easy part!]
(f) Don’t worry so much about the bike lengths. The main thing is don’t draft off of anyone, always pass to the left (quickly pass people), and make sure there is about 3 bike lengths or so. During hills and things like that, it will be impossible and that’s OK.
(g) Say thank you to the volunteers – just a thing I have.
(h) ENJOY YOURSELF
Thank you all for your support!! Doing a race with my husband and good friend is going to make for a perfect first-tri experience.
And for those of you, like my own brother, out there that have no desire to do a tri and could care less about the tri, that’s OK, I have a little something for you too. They say if you are afraid of something to make fun of it. Here’s to you swim! Everybody loves a montage.
Friendly reminder, if you haven’t entered my Ryders Eyewear giveaway you have until Friday. Do it, do it…
What are your plans this weekend? If you HAD to do one leg of the tri, what would you do – swim, bike or run?