My First Triathlon!!!!!!!!!!!

I know that I have been absent from the blog…but that is bc noone reads the damn thing. đŸ™‚

I have completed my first Sprint Triathlon. It was 2 days ago on Sunday April 11, 2010. The distances were 500 meteer swim, 14 mile bike and 3.1 mile run.

The day before Elisa and I went to pick up our packets. I got really emotional. I was scared….and thinking to myself “what the hell was I thinking signing up for this?”.

The morning of the race was exciting and full of nerves. There were 340 competitors. As we moved to the entrance to the water I thought I would vomit. They started us one at a time instead of a group start. That made me more comfortable. The water was not cold at all.

The Swim: Complete torture. This is totally a mental battle. I had done some open water swimming prior to the race, but it just did not compare to race day. It seemed like such a long distance. The weeds in Aquarena kept wrapping around me and rubbing me. You know it’s just weeds, but it kinda freaks you out. My heart rate got too high and I did not have the capacity that I needed in my lungs. I tried to slow down adn take control of a slow pace, but that was very hard to do. Since the swim was so tough, it made me afraid to get to the next two events. I finished the swim and walked to my bike.

The Bike: This event was challenging, but manageable. I was probably close to mile 5 before I realized that I was on a bike and done with the swim. It was an interesting mental process. Most of the bike route I was alone. That was nice at times for sure. Some of the other riders were encouraging. There were a few others who were first timers too. That was comforting. There were a few hills that I wanted to just fall over and die before trying to get my butt over them, but I made it!

The Run: There was a BRUTAL hill right at the beginning. I walked it for sure! I wound up having to stop and pee on the side of the road at mile 2. When I was getting close to the finish line there were so many people leaving with their stuff…they encouraged me on my way in! I was not sure if I would make it to the line to be honest…lol.

My friends screamed me all the way in. They were amazing! I cried as soon as I finished, not bc I was so happy that I did it, but bc it was so damn hard!

I dont have my time yet, but I think it was about 2 hours.

I am still processing it all to be honest. Im happy that I did  it, and I want to do more, but it was so scary and amazing at the same time…wow.


2 Responses to “My First Triathlon!!!!!!!!!!!”

  1. 1 justin
    August 27, 2011 at 7:12 am

    I remember you mentioning the fact that you were doing a triathlon but I didn’t really process the seriousness of it until I visited this page–holy crap! I had no clue you were so hardcore, lol. Is the one you are about to do as difficult as this one was?

    • September 9, 2011 at 4:43 am

      I did my second race on June 5, 2011. It was a 800 meter (half a mile) swim and a ridiculously hilly 12 mile bike ride. The run was not awful, but I was tired as hell! lol I trained with a team this year so Im way more competent on my bike. Im a better swimmer too. Now…Im just out of shape! Ive gained alot of weight since moving to Austin. Gotta get myself back into my routine. Thanks for checking out my blog. This experience has changed my life in a positive way for sure. đŸ™‚

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