Okay, so it wasn’t really a race. But there is a results page, so it counts. Plus I learned a lot.
So backing up. A few weeks ago, Laura mentioned to me that her gym was doing an indoor tri and asked if I wanted to join her. For $30, it seemed like an interesting idea. A good way to test out doing all three sports in a short period of time. Sure, it doesn’t replicate a real triathlon, but at the very least, it sounded like a good workout.
So here’s the setup:
- Swim – 10 minutes
- “T1” – 10 minutes
- Bike – 30 minutes
- “T2” – 5 minutes
- Run – 20 minutes
I put the transitions in quotes because it’s nothing like a real transition in an outdoor tri. The first transition was ten minutes to give you time to change out of swimwear and into run/bike gear. Laura had a good idea though – do the tri in my triathlon gear! I don’t have my Team Fight stuff yet, but I do have a cute outfit from SkirtSports that I will probably use for my tri in June. So that’s what I did.
I was a little nervous as to how this would go, but I kept telling myself that it was all for fun. And hey, I got a nice HeadSweats visor out of the deal too.
First, the swim. I made the traditional newbie mistake and started out too fast. Considering my heart rate issues, that’s clearly something I shouldn’t do. I really struggled in the beginning because of it. Definitely a bad move and something that I have to watch out for next time. But eventually, things calmed down and I kept swimming. I got in 15 lengths, or 375 meters. Not the slowest, but I could have done better. I liked swimming in my tri gear though. It’s a bit loose in my midsection, so it spins a bit as I rotate my body, but it really made me feel the rotation, plus if it were tighter, I wouldn’t feel as confident in the bike and run.
Next up, the bike. We were on spin bikes, which is a new experience for me. That clearly doesn’t translate into outdoor bike miles, but it was a good strong workout. Definitely something I need to continue to work on. The nice thing about outdoor biking is the option to coast on occasion.
Finally, the run. My gear was still a little wet, and I noticed that it was pulling down a bit, but not visibly so. Still comfortable though. And it definitely helped keep me cool. The downside? I’m not a sprinter, so 20 minutes of a run isn’t all that great, but I pushed it as much as possible.
Over all, it was a pretty great morning. I wasn’t great, but I did my best and it has definitely taught me where I need to train over the next few months.
Edited to add:
Results are up! I wasn’t last! You get points based on blah blah blah, but I wanted to write down how I did so that for next time, I have something to beat.
Swim lengths: 15 (375 meters)
Bike miles: 18.3 (if only that translated to outdoor miles)
Run miles: 1.65