It occurred to me that I haven't really announced that I'm doing a triathlon. I've talked about it a lot on Facebook, but not so much here. So yeah, I'm doing a triathlon. I don't really know why I'm doing it. Like most major life decisions, someone asked me if I wanted to do it & I said, "Sure."
The details: We're doing the Team Magic Girls Tri It On Nashville on Saturday, August 18th. The race is a 200 m pool swim, 8 km bike & 2 km run. It should take me about 45 minutes, but it'll probably take me an hour & a half. Oh, and "we" is me & two fellow East Nasties: Heidi & Alicia.
The training: We registered back in June & immediately started training. We decided to focus on swimming since we're all runners & riding a bike is like, well, riding a bike. I've also been taking a circuit class twice a week to work on my upper body strength.
Swim: We've been swimming 2-3 times a week for about 5 weeks now. Having my dad come spend a day in the pool with us kind of saved our swimming lives. I only wish I had thought to ask him earlier. Since swimming with him, we've quit trying to perfect our "form" & are now building up our endurance. I can't swim freestyle for 200 meters, but I can swim breaststroke for 200 meters & on a good day, I can swim 200 meters alternating between freestyle & breaststroke. We've been training in a 25 m pool & our race is in a 50 m pool, so we're switching to a 50 m pool this week & staying there throughout the rest of the training. If I make it through this race without drowning, I'm getting a tramp stamp that says, "Swimming is HARD, y'all." Obviously, it'll be in some ancient unreadable language. OBVIOUSLY.
Bike: The bike portion of this race was a little tricky to wrap my mind around initially. Primarily because I didn't own a bike, nor know how to ride one. Luckily, I can ride John's old mountain bike (it has road tires). I've only ridden it once, but I rode it for 5 miles, which is about the length of the race. It took me 30 minutes, which is insane if you know how long it should actually take to ride 5 miles (5-10 minutes). I'm terrified of anyone or anything coming within 10 feet of me while I'm riding, so yeah, I need to work on that. Oh, and I have trouble using the hand brakes. I'm a bigger fan of just putting me feet on the ground when I need to stop or slow down, you know, like the professionals do.
Run: I can run 2 km in my sleep. This isn't even worth talking about, except to say that I do need to practice "bricks", or transitions. Apparently going from a bike to a run is super awkward & your legs feel like they weigh 1,000 lbs & they kind of forget how to work, which sounds awesome, clearly. We're going to practice bricks this weekend. We attended a tri clinic at Fleet Feet last night & they said to practice riding for 10 minutes & then running a mile to get your legs used to it. Seems doable. We'll see..
So yeah, I'm doing a triathlon. Oh, & this distance is called a "Sprint" - FYI. The next level up is Intermediate, or Olympic, then Long, which is double Olympic, then Half, as in "Half" Ironman, then Long again, but a triple Olympic this time, & finally Full, or Ironman. My friends Marne & Julie (Hot Koh Koh!) are currently training for an Ironman in November. It will be their second. They are cra.
This post is ridiculously long & I haven't even gone into my training schedule yet or how much all of this costs ($$$!!!). Stay tuned for follow-up posts. I've made a "Triathlon" label, so if you're more interested in this, than say, reading about what color I painted my nails on Friday night, feel free to check in by clicking that label over in the right-hand margin. If you need me in the meantime, I'll be in the pool.