Triathlete? Check. Woman of Steel Sprint Tri Recap

Things that went well at the Woman of Steel Sprint Tri: Bike, run

Things that need improvement: Swim, bike, run

Holy cow. Triathlons are hard. And I didn’t exactly train that well for this . . . well, I thought I had, but I was obviously mistaken. Live and learn, I suppose, but you can count on it that I’ll do another one. 🙂

Prerace: The day before, I went to packet pickup, scoped out the course and transition, and tried to be in good humor–all the while trying not to panic. Good times.

Almost a triathlete!

At the race itself, I set up my transition with my huge borrowed mountain bike (rusty chain and all) squeezed between a legit triathlon bike and a pretty road bike. After that, I found a really nice lady to talk to, and we shot the breeze until the race started. Before I knew it, we were lining up and ready to jump (literally) into this thing.

The swim (300 meters): Well, it was horrible . . . Haha. I didn’t do too much swim training leading up to the race, which contributed to my totally panicking after the first lap (in a pool, thank goodness). This was annoying to me because I really thought I was improving. Oh well. Note to self: get in the pool. Swim time: 10:15

T1: Not much to say except that I was glad to be out of the pool, and my heart rate felt a little high from the terror I had just experienced. T1 time: 03:25


Woo! Love odd numbers.

The bike (12.9 miles): I was really slow . . . like, really. Can’t expect much when you’re riding on an extremely heavy mountain bike. I’m of course grateful I had people who were gracious enough to let me borrow it! 🙂 Not that the rider was phenomenal or anything, but I sure was jealous when girls on their teeny lightweight road or tri bikes zoomed past me. The bike was two ~6.5-mile loops, and the first half of each loop was uphill, and the second was downhill. I had to calm down after the swim, so I ended up walking a bit on the course. Fine by me. It’s not like I was going to win this thing. As I was starting the second lap, I felt stronger and was starting to have fun. Yes, it took me that long to actually like the race. Haha. Bike time: 1:04:21

T2: Before I knew it, I was back in transition (after an uphill portion to the transition area–seriously, who does that?), racking my bike, throwing back some Honey Stinger chews (pink lemonade is da bomb), and trying to feel my legs. Hello, Jell-O. T2 time: 01:45.5

The run (2.9 miles): I was slower than I’d like, but, really, the triathlon run is different than any other run I’ve ever done. I was already tired and had to haul my cookies another three miles. Fun times. Basically I ran/walked the huge uphill portion and then ran the rest of the way. I had gotten passed a lot on the bike because I was really going slow, but I passed quite a few ladies on the run–and I don’t think anyone actually passed me. Win. I ran to the finish line, got my medal, and BAM! I’m a triathlete. Run time: 34:23

Woman of Steel!

I’ll definitely be doing more tris–after I swim, bike, and run more. And this was a great kick in the pants to remind me that I do have lofty goals for fitness . . . and I can achieve them if I set my mind and heart to it.

General newbie tips:

  1. If at all possible, borrow a road bike or something–and ride it more than once before race day!
  2. Make sure you can swim the distance before race day. That was my main downfall.
  3. Be cheerful and don’t discourage yourself. I found that cheering on other triathletes was the best part of the day–and everyone else cheers you on too!
  4. Train on hills. Nuff said.
  5. Set achievable goals throughout the race. (“I’m going to bike up this whole hill. I’m going to catch blonde-ponytail-lady.”)
  6. Make sure you have plenty of fuel/liquids–and train with them before race day.
  7. Train in the same clothes you’ll be wearing on race day.
  8. Get a race belt. SO much easier to snap it on in transition.
  9. Calm the heck down. You’re going to be just fine.
  10. You’re most likely not going to win the thing, so just have fun!

 Final time: 1:54:15.4

(Under 2 hours–woo!)

Nestle 5k Fun Run Recap

It’s actually been awhile since I’ve run a 5k, and, I have to say, I had a blast. AND I pretty much nailed a PR–(29:51) according to my Garmin since I started way in the back and there was only gun time. Haha, if you just go by the gun time, I’m about 45 seconds slower (31:30) than my PR in 2007 (30:46). But I think I’ll count it, eh? Okay, fine. I’ll wait until I have an “official” PR. Technicality.

Anyway, I felt great the whole race. I couldn’t believe how easy it felt to run decently hard (for me). So I guess since it felt pretty easy, that means I could have run faster. Next time, my friends. I didn’t run the first mile too fast, I ran the whole way up this MONSTER hill (passing a ton of people, I might add), and then picked up the pace during the last half of the race. I’ve been working on fast finishes, so I saw a bit of that paying off. I even beat The Engineer. That never happens. Well, he hasn’t been running as much as I have, so the second he puts in as much as me, it’s so long to ever finishing faster. Dang those guys with their ability to get in shape faster . . . Sigh. 🙂 This race was also part of the 5 by 5th Virtual Run Series on (the last month!).

Source: Mommy Run Fast


Next up: Freedom Run 10k on the Fourth of July.

Thanksgiving Point Half Recap

Half Marathon #2!
Half Marathon #2!
On April 27, I ran the Thanksgiving Point Half Marathon. It was hard. The end.

Just kidding. Actually, it was a pretty good race, even though I ran a couple minutes slower than my first half. Why slower? Well, basically the whole course was made up of hills, but I feel that since I only ran slightly slower than my first half—which was mostly downhill—I’ve improved a bit. I’m excited to see how I can do with better training.

Speaking of training, for this half, I definitely should have trained better. It seems that even though I can cover the distance, I have a lot to work on.

Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself . . .

The night before the race, we ate some DEE-licious pizza at a small-town pizza restaurant. After that, it was time to go home and get a good night’s sleep. My beautiful sister-in-law stayed over so we could ride to the race together in the morning. I love her, and I love that we do some races together. We chatted a bit (and the Engineer and his brother talked about video games?) about our training, the race, etc. Good stuff.

Race morning, we woke up at 4:45 (or something ridiculous), got ready and made our way up to the race venue. We parked pretty much next to the start, so that was nice. We milled around a bit, tried to do our business, and got ready to race. Eventually we headed to the start line. My sister-in-law was running with one of her friends (who was running her first half marathon! Way to go!!), so they lined up a little further back. I lined up near the 10:40 pacer (I was optimistic because I didn’t really know what was coming even though I’d seen the elevation map), ready to rock this half. We had a moment of silence for the Boston Marathon victims. Then we were off!!

I kept up with the pacer for a few miles—maybe 5—but eventually I had to slow down because of all the HILLS! I had looked at the elevation profile a few times, but I really had no idea how hilly it would be. There were a lot of steep declines and more steep inclines. And moderate inclines. And short inclines. Sigh. At least the course was pretty. 🙂 It’s not like I hate hills—I don’t—but after a while, it was just a bit much. We raced through some tulip gardens, though, which were really pretty. I think I fueled decently (could have eaten too much, though) and was well hydrated. That’s a win for me. Finally the course flattened out for the last mile and a half. And I just wanted it to be over. I sprinted to the finish (and looked really “great” in my finish pics). I got my medal and helped myself to the delicious treats at the end (definitely a plus for me since I have really high expectations). The Engineer found me and helped me hobble around and carried all my stuff. We made our way to where my brother-in-law was standing, and surprise! my in-laws were there to watch us finish! We watched my sister-in-law finish and then headed to the PT booth. The PT worked on my feet and stretched out my IT bands. I felt tired but great overall. Definitely better than my first half.

FINAL TIME: 2:26:22 (slower than my last, but I felt a ton better this time around)

Next up: Nestle 5k on June 1, Freedom Run 10k on July 4, and another half on July 13