Even though I've already done Sprint Triathlons and they're not on my list, it was one of my personal goals to get under that 1.5 hour mark. I am happy to say that I accomplished that yesterday.
Big glasses do NOT go with swim caps.
Also - the only reason I'm still smiling is because
I'm still wearing my sweatshirt and sweatpants...
Yesterday it was 46 degrees when I woke up. I can't believe that I still somehow got out of bed to go a Tri. It helps to have great friends that are doing it with you! It was easy to finish getting my stuff together and meet Jen, Beth, Sue and Diane to head out to Kline's Resort. However, it was NOT easy to take off my sweatshirt and sweatpants and stand around on the cold, wet grass until wave #3 started...
Sidenote(s): My race number was divisible by 3, I was the third person counted into the water and I was in wave three. Coincidence?
When we got into the water it didn't seem like it was going to be that bad. Once I went under, the temperature of the water completely took my breath away. I had about 90 seconds to get used to it before they hit the siren for us to begin. I started freestyle swimming, but each time I put my head under the water, it took my breath away. There I was only 50 yards from the start and I was already having trouble breathing...it wasn't looking good for me. I adjusted my stroke so I didn't have to submerge my head and just pushed as hard as I could.
Transitioning to the bike is never fun. But once I got my clothes on and started biking, I was in my happy place. Biking is my favorite portion of the tri. I had over 40 minutes of time to just continue to push myself to my physical limit and think. I love the silence and separation that I got since it was a small triathlon.
Since the water had been so cold, my feet felt numb during the whole biking portion. Once I started running it felt so awkward! They finally warmed up around mile 2 of the run! It's really hard for me to run and know how fast I'm going, so I was shocked to see the results yesterday afternoon. I wanted to put together a comparison:
Strangely, both of my transition times were longer this year. But I was faster in the important parts! I took over 2 minutes off my swim time, over two minutes off my biking time and almost SEVEN minutes off my run! That's almost my fastest 5k I've ever run!
I love these ladies!
So even though I haven't really lost any weight since November...my training is paying off. My endurance is better, I'm faster, and I've gained a great training buddy. I'm so glad to be training with Jen! I can't wait to see how we do at the next one!