Saturday, October 1, 2011
My First Ever Triathlon!
It was an all women's race and the swimming was in a pool so that was nice. Two other co-workers decided to do the race as well so that was fun! We stayed the night at my parent's house since the event was in Herriman. We got there about 7:30 to set up our transition stations and then went into the pool. There were so many people that I didn't even get in until after 9:00. I finished the swim in 10:02 which was great for me because the best I did in training was 12:00.
I then went to T1 and put on my helmet, shoes, and running skirt. The bike ride was only 12 miles and I figured there wouldn't be any hills since it was pretty flat out there. Oh no, I was wrong. It started out on a slight hill and got worse from there! I kept on truckin and finished the first hill. Yes, the first hill. There was a second hill. A lot of people hopped off their bikes and were walking them. I was going a whopping 3.8mph. But I knew if I got off the bike it not only would ruin my time but I would have a hard time getting back on! I was also on a mountain bike which I'm sure made it a little more difficult. At least I like to think that;) It was a glorious moment when I got to the top and flew down that hill. It was great! I got going 33mph and I was just hoping I wouldn't hit a rock.
I finally made it to T2 and got ready to run. I put my ipod on and headed out. Boy was that a weird feeling. I felt like I was going in such s................l................o................w..............motion after having just ridden the bike. I hate running and have never like it so I knew this would be my worst event. I found a lady that was going about the same as me so I decided to set her as my pace. And then I passed her! Yay for me! I just needed to stay ahead of her and I would be happy. It was such a joyous and emotional feeling as I got to the finish line and saw my cute family there. I loved it and I felt so proud of myself. I finished the whole thing in 1:51. I was pretty happy with that. I'll take it. I think my time would have been better if I trained more for the running and had a road bike....maybe. The lady that took 2nd place was pregnant (with bump) and finished in 1:08. CRAZY TOWN!
All in all, it was such a fun experience. I can't wait to do this particular one again next year. This was their first one and it was great. I really liked how they involved the family too. They had bounce houses, slides, free food, face painting, and a sign making station. They looooved it.