According to my countdown, my first triathlon is in 18 days. This is the Tri-It Tri, which is a super sprint. Thankfully, it’s designed for beginners, so if I fall off my bike, no one will laugh.
It involves a 1/4 mile swim with a beach start, a 10 mile bike that is considered “fast and flat” and a 2 mile out and back run. All these distances are doable. Right now, my longest bike rides have been just around 10 miles, but I’ve got 22 days to increase that. And they were hilly 10 mile rides. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad.
The best part about the tri, aside from the friends who will be there with me, is that on Saturday, after the first-timers clinic and for an optional fee, I can do a swim warmup and safety clinic. That means I can get into the water and try it out before the race. This is an awesome option and definitely something I plan to take advantage of.
At this point, I’m not planning to wear a wetsuit. It will likely be a wetsuit legal temperature, but for a quarter mile swim, I’m not sure it’s worth it. Any time gain will be immediately lost in the struggle to get the wetsuit back off. The water temp is usually around 75 degrees. I’ve been looking at wetsuits though and thinking about getting one if I find a good deal. Of course, that means I really have to stick with this sport.
So far, I really like the variety in the training. Running can get old after a while and I like that I’m working different muscles. I can definitely feel the difference. I’m getting more confident on my bike, though high speeds still scare me a bit. And by high speeds, I mean anything over 15 mph. Which is probably slow. I just need to keep up the training to be sure that I’m as ready as I can be on race day. Besides, this is just a stepping stone to the much bigger tri I’m doing in August. And that one, though “only” a sprint, scares me much more.