Thursday, August 8, 2013

I am a TRIATHLETE!!!!!!

My FIRST triathlon is in the books and was a success! I feel so great about the race and my performance that I can’t help, but grin. I did a triathlon, did pretty good, and was also able to cross off a 2013 goal that I had set for myself.

The night before I had everything neatly set out in my living room. I did not want to forget anything on race day! I was anxiously checking the weather all night. Two days before the race our weather changed from 95 degrees to 70 degrees and rain. With two days of solid rain I was really nervous that the road would be slick for the race.

I went to bed around 10:30 with my alarm set for 5:30 am. Unfortunately when I plugged in my phone it wasn’t charging. My alarm went off at 5:30, I hit snooze once and then my cell phone shut down. I awoke in sheer panic at 7:00 am thinking I had massively over slept and missed my race. Thankfully I didn’t over sleep and still had an hour before we needed to leave. Crisis averted!

Pre race:
We got to the race around 8:30 with plenty of time to get myself set up and get checked in. Jeni from Farmgirlfit was also doing the race. I was so grateful that she was there because she has completed numerous triathlons over the last couple of years.  She has become my “go to” person for all of my random questions. I mimicked my transition area like hers so hopefully I didn’t look like too much of a novice. We had some down time before the men’s race started at 10:00 am so we chatted for a while. I was so glad to have Jeni there. Just being able to talk to her, took my mind off of the race and made me feel more comfortable.

Top: Me & Jeni before the race
Bottom: My gear before I packed Friday night and then my transition area

While the men were swimming, I took the time to get into the water to try and get acclimated. My breathing was all over the place. To say I was nervous was an understatement! The buoys we had to swim around seemed so far away…...

The swim:
The swim was tough. I was expecting to get hit in the head, etc. but managed to survive with no bumps into other women. I was anticipating being at the bottom of the pack and that was exactly where I was. My first couple of strokes in the water were fine until I started getting water in my right goggle. From that point on the swim really went downhill. I tried to swim with my head above water to keep water from getting in my goggle and fogging them up. Swimming like that made me fatigue faster. I was finally able to get around the last buoy and then I just flipped on my back. I was able to make up sometime by alternating to my back every 30 seconds or so. As soon as I hit the shore I was sprinting to my bike. My transition time was pretty quick. I did take the time to dry off my feet and put my socks on which I knew would save my time later.

The bike:
The bike portion was awesome! I knew that the bike is one of my strengths and I had biked the course a couple of times prior to the race so I knew exactly what to expect. The course was rolling hills with a couple of straight stretches around mile 5 and around mile 7.

I immediately started to pick women off and was feeling really strong. About half way through the bike course I took some honey stinger chews and drank some Nuun. I wanted some fuel in me before I had to start the run. The roads were essentially completely dry too.

Eventually, I passed 18 women on the bike, setting myself up for a good run.

Bike stats:
5 mi in 16:45
5 mi in 17:28
.10 mi in :34

10.1 miles in 34:48 (17.4 mph average)

The run:
I flew into the transition area, racked my bike, swapped out my shoes, grabbed my visor and bib and was off. My legs felt pretty good at the beginning of the run so I went for it. My first mile was 7:00 min, second mile was 7:03 (I stopped for water) and my last mile was 6:00 min! I passed 12 women in total on the run. I went flying into the finish line.

Run stats:
1 mi in 7:00
1 mi in 7:03 (water stop)
1 mi in 6:00

The results:
My final finishing time was around 1:10 give or take. Given the time spent on the bike and my run that left for 16 minutes for the swim and transition times. I thought my transitions went fairly smooth so I am “guesstimating” my swim to be 12-13 minutes.

My performance was good enough for a surprising 4th OA female and 2nd place in my AG.

This race the perfect race for the novice triathlete. I am so proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone and doing something that I have never done before, but have always wanted to do.

I am officially hooked. Literally, I am in love with the triathlon. I see so much room for improvement in this sport that just thinking about it gets me excited.


--Tasha




45 comments:

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    1. Thank you Kim!!! It as a really fun first triathlon. I am looking forward to next summer when I can hopefully sign up for more. :-)

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  2. Yeah Buddy!!!! So excited to see you explode in this sport. You are going to rock it!

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    1. Thank you Marnee! You are definitely one of my inspirations when it comes to triathlons. :-)

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  3. Congrats! Way to go! It's awesome that your first experience was a good one.

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    1. Thanks Lauren! I had so much fun at the race, I didn't want it to end. Definitely will be planning more triathlons in the future. :-)

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  4. Way to rock it! I love feeling like there is room to grow - it makes doing something new so exhilarating!

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    1. Thank you Kayla- I think I found my new niche with the triathlon. I knew after Windermere that I was done with marathons for a while, but now I can fill the void with biking and swimming more. I love learning and I still have so much to learn- there is tons of room for improvement.

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  5. Congratulations Tasha!! What an amazing first triathlon - I'm really impressed and inspired :) How fun to have a new fitness love too, and something to keep focusing on and improving in.

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    1. Thank you Kari! It was such a fun race, I was bummed when it was all over. I am already planning on doing 4-5 next summer when I can work them into my schedule at the beginning of the year. I love how I am still learning and have lots of room for improvement.

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  6. Congratulations girl! You've inspired me to ponder one!...ponder lol. I suck at swimming but duathalon maybe ;)

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    1. You would be great at the triathlon!!!! I am awful at swimming, but I made it. It was slow and has lots of room for improvement. We can't be good at everything, especially at the beginning. There is always room for learning and improvement. I say go for it!!!!

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  7. when I saw you placed in your first tri (on instagram) I was SO HAPPY For you! Such a strong athlete. Really excited to see the future for you! congrats!

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    1. Thanks chica! I was absolutely shocked that I placed. I knew that the swim was going to bad, but I also knew that if I could get through the swim I could do pretty good on the bike and the run. I just had to survive the swim first! I was shocked at how many people I passed on the bike. My husband was floored that I came into to transition so fast. He wasn't expecting me when I did come in. It is always a good feeling to feel good when you get off the bike. I was worried how my legs would feel after biking that fast/hard, but they felt fantastic. I felt like I was flying on the run portion. Even my husband said he hadn't seen me run that fast in a loooong time. :-)

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    1. Thank you!!!!! It was such a fun race. I can't wait for the next one!

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  9. Tasha, what an awesome recap! And what a freaking strong finish from the struggles on the swim!!

    I head to read those times twice to make sure I read it right- you are SO FAST!! :)

    Congrats, girl!!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer- It was a really good race. I am so glad that I let myself get over the fear of the swim and actually went through with the race. It feels awesome to have accomplished it and that I get to cross it off of my 2013 goal list. That is winning! The swim was awful though, lol. Not going to sugar coat that. I really was one of the last out of the water.

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  10. You are my HERO!! Seriously, way to kick some major butt on your first tri! I see BIG triathlon plans for you in your future my dear ;)

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    1. I get giddy just thinking about triathlons right now. They are awesome! I have a feeling that I will be doing a lot of them next year after I get some good swim practice under my belt. :-)

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  11. Soudns like you KILLED it!!!! Who cares what your swim is like when your other splits are so great!

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    1. Thanks Nikki! The swim was pretty bad. You would have finished way in front of me. I kept telling my husband that I would be one of the last out of the water, but he didn't believe me until he saw it. LOL.

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  12. Wow! Huge congrats on finishing your first TRI & kicking major butt! Seems like the race went pretty well for you :) when's the next one? :)

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    1. I wished I had another race this year, but with my schedule I am going to have to pass on one of the last tris in my area. It is the same weekend as my ultra relay. Boo! I think that next summer I will do quite a few though! I am looking forward to getting better at my swim.

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  13. Congratulations Tasha! I am so proud of you...
    I don't love swimming or biking, so I am in awe of anyone that does a TRI!
    You rocked it!
    And I would have freaked out at the over sleeping...OMG!
    I get a time set in my mind and don't do well when things change.
    Congrats again, Ms. Triathlete!!

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    1. Thank you Michelle! The race and sense of accomplishment was pretty cool. The swim had me worried from day one when I committed to the race, but I didn't let my nerves win and I finished feeling pretty fantastic. Thank goodness I didn't over sleep because that would have been bad! I have never over slept and missed a race before- it is one of my worst nightmares.

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  14. YOU ARE SO FAST! 6 minute mile at the end?! Awesome job, isn't it fun?? :)

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    1. It was more than fun. I freaking loved every second of it. I even loved it on the swim which I hate. On the run, I didn't even realize how fast I was running- I just ran. It felt awesome!

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  15. Awesome job!! I'm impressed by your speed and yay for the finishing placement! I'll have to get some tips from you on biking...I have a mountain bike and can ride dirt but seriously lacking the road biking skills and makes me a little nervous. I really would like to try a tri but need help on the bike and a new bike...lol. ok so that could be awhile but I feel inspired after reading this and I like the thought of a mini tri :)

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    1. Thank you Kris! Several people had mtn bikes at this race. Actually the guy who placed 5th OA had a mtn bike. My friend Jeni has a really nice triathlon bike now, but when she first started she had a mtn bike. It is definitely a good starting point. You should think about doing a triathlon next summer. Gives you plenty of time to plan and train for it.

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  16. That's so great Tasha! Congrats to you! :)

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  17. Congratulations, Tasha!! You had such a solid race... and 2nd place age group is amazing!! I love that you're excited to do more. Maybe you can help motivate me to do another one soon!

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    1. I can't remember the last time I had so much FUN at a race Laura. It was awesome!!!! Triathletes are also so supportive. I loved it!

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  18. How fun!! Congratulations on having a great race AND a place!! :)

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    1. Thank you Angela! I am totally addicted to triathlons now. I had so much fun at the race, I was bummed I didn't try one sooner.

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  19. Whooop! Whooop! Congrats! Not kidding, your enthusiasm totally comes through and (almost) makes me want to do one too. Granted, I haven't ridden a bike in 15 years, haha! How exciting! I can't wait to read about the other tri's you do and think it's great you've crossed a goal off of your list. Again, CONGRATS!

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    1. You should do one- they are so much fun. I promise! I didn't really start riding until the weather got good this spring, but even then it was only 10-12 miles a week. I didn't take up swimming until July. You have plenty of time to train for one next summer if you start working at everything now. I think you would like the mix up of workouts too. Nothing is boring with tri training.

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    1. Thank you Katie! You were one of my inspirations leading up to the race. Your blog posts were really helpful for me.

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  21. That is so awesome Tasha, congratulations! You did a great job of not focusing on the tough swim and staying in the moment. And what a speedy run! Way to go!!!

    Yup, triathlons are addictive!

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    1. Thanks Leana!!! I am totally addicted, didn't take me much to get hooked on triathlons. I am now bummed that I didn't sign up for one earlier in the summer. I was too busy freaking out about how awful I am at the swim to just buck up and register for one. Next year, I plan on doing a lot of them!

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  22. Great job! I just finished my first one and it was a lot of fun. Thinking about sneaking one or two more in this summer!

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