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It's official, I am a Triathlete!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Completed my first Triathlon Sunday, September 23, 2009. Came in 415 of 485 at 1:25:50. This was a 250 yard swim, 9 mi bike and 2 mile run. I have another Tri September 27, 2009. I hope to improve my swim time, so I'm going to take lessons on Sundays with a guy one of the other athletes from Sunday recommended. The pools in the area are all closed during the day now that school is back in session so I'll have to get creative with my training. My Triathlon training group has scaled down their swim training opportunities because one of the local YMCA's is doing some remodling for the next few weeks. That means I only have one day a week to train with the group, one day with the swim coach and I'll obviously need at least 2 more days to practice on my own.

Had a great time with the Tri. Awesome support and wonderful women participating in this event. However, with yet another Tri so soon, I've got to get refocused and keep on training. My hope is to improve my swim, T1 and bike times. I was pretty happy with my run time, however, it's my least favorite part of the tri. Nevertheless, I start fartlicks today to hopefully increase my speed. I'd love to get a running coach to work with for the next 5 weeks, but cash is an issue. Many of the women in the race had bike shoes and road bikes which give you an advantage. I'd love to get some bike shoes, but again, the budget is still the issue. I have a "loaner" bike, so I'm keeping my eyes open for a road bike. Checking craigslist, but not real sure about possibly buying someone elses' "clunker". I have a friend who purchsed a used bike and ended up spending almost $300 to get it up to speed. She could have just purchased a brand new bike for another $150.00.

Anyway, things are going well. I'm still "high" from my first Tri experience and would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in setting a goal and pushing themselves beyond their comfort zone. What a life-changing experience! I'm hooked!!

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    do you still spark!?
    3192 days ago
    I just read about your September 23, 2009 Triathlon experience, and I'm in awe of you!!!! I always watch the Iron Man competitions on TV, and I'm amazed and humbled by some of the contestants, especially the ones who crawl across the finish line hours and hours after the race finished, their bodies having given out long ago, but their mental stamina and determination to finish kept them going.

    I can't swim, but I would love to challenge myself in a Triathlon. Did you really do your first on on 9/23 and then a 2nd one 9/27???? with only four days in between??? Wow.
    4074 days ago
    congratuations! best wishes for the end of september!
    4274 days ago
    That sounds amazing! Congratulations on completing and continuing to reach such a powerful goal!
    4276 days ago
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  • KZUW01
    WELCOME TO THE CLUB! I did my first triathlon this year. How great that you are planning on doing another one so quickly. It's addictive, isn't it? You go girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    4277 days ago
    Thanks for posting this - with my first TRI coming in a few short weeks - I really appreciate the first-timer perspective.

    Impressive that you're doing two back-to-back!!
    4277 days ago

    You really have a quick turn-around for the next one. Good luck with all your goals - sounds like you are taking it serious, but having fun at the same time. And isn't that really the idea? LOL

    Keep us posted - we're rooting for you!
    4278 days ago
    (wow! you are beyond amazing, girl! i am SO proud of you!

    i hope to someday do the same.)
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