Seems that some of you all are big fans of music, while others say “no biggie” to the tunes. The majority of running without tunes is mental. Because I am OCD, I did a 10 mile run this AM sans music. Pleased to report, not too bad. You honestly forget about it a mile into the run. You probably don’t realize what you are capable of until you stop freaking out about it.
Hope everyone is taking it easy this long weekend and not laboring.
Today is going to be a bit like “choose your own adventure.” I am about to going into some deets about my first sprint triathlon.
-> If you are bored, no prob! Please view the short video below and brace yourself for COLLEGE FOOTBALL KICKOFF WEEKEND.
-> If you would like to know more about my 1 hour, 32 minute ordeal, continue reading.
Swim 400 Meters
Degree of difficulty on a scale from 1 – 5 (5 being the hardest): 5+
Feeling during race: Scared, frightened, panicked, bracing for failure.
Best Maneuver: Lying on my back and treading water to relax.
Worst Maneuver: Sucking up mouthfuls of water as I tried to catch my breath.
Area for improvement: Everything. I am going to have to practice fundamentals and with people in open water.
Top Tip: Since I literally inhaled water throughout, practice in open water with a bunch of people. I might even let Meghan or Andrew swim on top of me so I can get use to swatting swimmers away.
Biking 16 Miles
Degree of difficulty: 3
Feeling during race: More relaxed. Surprised at the hills, and more surprised at my ability to pass everyone on the hills.
Best Maneuver: Not braking on a descent.
Worst Maneuver: Not knowing how to grab my water bottle.
Area for improvement: Learning how to climb off my seat on the bike. Oh yea, and learn how to drink normally.
Top Tip: Stay loose on the bike. If you hold on with a death grip you are going to be sore and sorry the next day.
Running 3 Miles
Degree of difficulty: 2
Feeling during race: Home sweet home. I know how to run, 3 miles is something I can do before work.
Best Maneuver: Not feeling the dreaded “brick” effects. I felt a little wobbly but by a ½ mile in I was able to settle into my pace.
Worst Maneuver: Could have pushed harder on the last mile.
Area for improvement: Running comfortably without music. Pushing my pace.
Top Tip: Quick-tie laces. With Yankz you can slide in your shoe and don’t have to mess with the laces. I also ran with glasses for the first time. My Ryders didn’t fog once and I didn’t have to wipe my eyes from sweat.
Overall, as I said I’m definitely game for doing another sprint tri but I have a lot of homework. Did I have fun like everyone said I should? Once I finished the race, I looked backed and realized what a BFD it was. I spent about 2 minutes at the end catching my breath and letting what happened sink in. Being completely transparent here, I was there to go all-out and I know I could take it leisurely but I signed up for the race to put up a fight. And if I could have fought an inch harder (literally), I would have landed 2nd in my age group.
If you want to try a sprint for the heck of it, you absolutely should. It is was you make it. There were plenty of people there doing a relay or participating for a good time.
At the end of the day, I can know say I am a triathlete and for some reason it’s a completely different feeling that has come over me that I never felt when doing half-marathons. This exact time last year I was getting ready to sign up for my first race, a local 10K and I was very nervous. My how much has changed in a year.
If you are traveling this weekend, be safe!
What’s the one adult beverage you will be enjoying this labor day weekend? Anybody’s plans involve travel or water? (Trying to see how random I can be with the questions today, lol)