On Sunday morning the family and I got up early to head to my first triathlon of the season and my first one here in Georgia. Now you may remember that I signed up for this only 2 weeks ago. I have not swam since November. I had only ridden my bike 8 times. My running had been slow and sporadic. Yep, not exactly a winning combination.
I had decided to get to the triathlon earlier than normal so that I could get in the pool and swim at least one length before I tried to swim 400 meters. Oh and did I mention that I had only swam more than that 400 meters once, that was 500 yards, open water. My second longest swim until this weekend was 300 meters. Still not looking too good. Anyway, I swam that one lap (100 meters) and my arms were already tired. Yep.
Swim (400 meters) : 9:58. That also included about a minute and a half run to transition.
T1 : 2:14
Bike (12 miles) : 46:49
Holy hills batman! I was way undertrained to take on the hills that waited me on the ride. Out of transition, straight up hill. First mile, up hill. Oh, a little downhill. Turn, straight up hill. And so on. I’m telling you, I felt like every time I turned a corner, I was heading straight up a hill. Back in Texas, I would easily past people on the bike. I rarely got below 15 mph. “Texas hills” were nothing. On Sunday, there were time I would be peddling up hill at like 5 mph. I got passed left and right. Humbling.
Run (5K) : 32:24
So after enduring the wrath of a hilly bike ride, I was not looking forward to the run. Honestly my goal was to just finish. I didn’t care how slow it was I just wanted to finish. Oh and I didn’t want to see another hill, but wait, the first part of the run was uphill. Another thing I wasn’t prepared for, part of the run was on trails. I didn’t know that. Oh well. At least the last ¼ mile was down hill.
Total Time: 1:33:07
In all honesty, I was just happy to finish this race. I had no time goals, no nothing. I just wanted to finish and hopefully get back on track with my training.
Over the next 6 weeks I will be working on riding hills. Biking the hills is where I lost so much time during this triathlon. I am going to have to learn how to use my gears better as well as strengthen my legs.
Oh, and I will continue to run those hills, because that can only help me continue to improve my run, which has always been the slowest part of my triathlon.