Luckily this morning I remembered that I needed to raise my bike seat, so Ben helped me out. It’s still too low but I was scared to raise it a lot.
The race was in Irvine – just the city next to where I live so we got these in 15 minutes. I got to the transition and Pam showed me how to prop up my bike.
The 5k run went well. I kind of wish it wasn’t a reverse tri because I spent the run worrying if I was going too fast and tiring out my legs for the bike. The course is hilly, so I didn’t want to kill my legs and walk my bike up the hills!
Before I knew it the run was over and I was clumsily mounting my bike. The bike course was two 4.5 mile laps. The first 2 miles feel like a gradual incline the entire time. It takes a long time to get some downhill action.
This is embarrassing but, I can’t ride my bike standing up so when it got tough I just watched longingly at the others doing that around me.
9 miles later I was back in the transition area and headed to the pool.
On the second lap I started to freak out and swam for a bit with my head out of water (a crazy dog paddle on some level). Then, I realized I still had a long way to go and just slowed down and tried to get it together.
Thoughts on the race: This was the FIRST iTrythlon and I was very impressed with the race organization. The course was well marked, there were a good number of volunteers and everything seemed to flow smoothly.
Thoughts on how I did:
Run – Good. It was hilly and I still maintained a good pace. I have never ran a 5k full out before so I’m not sure what pace I should have been aiming for. I did 7:59, 8:22, 7:59 I think??
Bike – I didn’t fall on the turns, so that is a plus.
I need to work on riding more so I am more confident maneuvering around things and people. I need to learn how to stand and change gears.
Swim – I totally rushed it and didn’t just swim well. I told myself I was going to just go out and focus on form and breathing, but I freaked.
This part of the triathlon made me realize how important it is to RUN DO YOUR OWN RACE. We are all different and have different strengths and abilities.
I cannot keep up with a strong biker or swimmer. Heck, a little girl totally smoked me on the swim! I should not and could not have safely kept up with her. In the water it’s more than tiring your legs – you can drown if you don’t do your own thing.
Same thing on the run – run your own race.
Overall: I had a great experience. When I finished I was so proud of myself just because I was so scared to do this. On the second loop of the bike I thought, “I can’t believe I’m doing this. This is going to count for a month’s worth of scary stuff!” (I was thinking about the phrase: Do one thing that scares you a day.)
I do think I want to keep swimming and biking to get better. I would like to do another triathlon in the future and now I have a very clear picture of my current abilities. Just because I can run 13 miles DOES NOT mean I can also swim and bike. Cardio wise I’m fit, but I am a very beginner at these other things.