Triangle Tri Mini Sprint
Over the weekend I finished my first triathlon of the year! I decided on the Triangle Triathlon because it's really close to my house and is in a beautiful park that I was excited to get to race in. As another plus, they have a sprint and mini sprint, which was perfect for my first race of the year.
The mini sprint was made up of a 400 meter lake swim, 8.5 mile bike, and 1.5 mile run. As I was racing I was so happy that I signed up for the mini (which was about half the distance of the sprint) because it was harder than I expected and I was TIRED!! Here's how it went.
The swim was in Harris Lake and went around two buoys in the water. I liked how we stayed close to the shore so it felt very comfortable for someone like me who's not a very confident open water swimmer. As soon as we started, I tried to find a spot to start swimming and get some open water. There was so much chaos at the start (which is the only thing I don't like about triathlons) so I just kind of treaded water to wait for everything to calm down. I ended up not having a great swim- I did some freestyle and when I was getting too tired I would flip over and do some backstroke and side stroke. It definitely wasn't pretty and I'm a little disappointed in how I did, but it felt great to get out of the water and run to the transition.
I got back to the transition area to drop off my bike, and saw that the bike beside me was pretty much on my number, so I got a little flustered trying to move his back over and also try to find my bib for the run (note for next time- just put on the bib for the bike so I don't have to worry about that). I quickly gathered myself but forgot to get some water which I really regretted as I started my run. My legs actually felt great, but I felt really sick and nauseous. I told myself to just keep running and that feeling would go away, and just said to keep running and to not walk. After running on the park road a bit, we entered the woods and ran on trails for a bit. At this point I told myself "you LOVE running on trails! This is amazing! Enjoy the shade and the beautiful trails" and that really kept me going! I did walk at the one water station to make sure I got a bunch and also dumped some on my head, and as soon as I started running again I felt like a new person and it gave me the final gear I needed to finish the race!
I ended up finishing in 1:00:39, with Dan just ahead of me in 1:00:13!
Our next race is coming up soon- I'm going for the win this time ;)