A week has passed since I completed my first technical “triathlon”. While it wasn’t even a sprint distance, it was a big challenge for me. The Plattsburgh rec department puts them on Thursdays in the summer for just $10. It’s a great way to introduce people to the challenge! I’ve thought back on it a lot this week and realized it’s perfect to look back on Thinking Out Loud style with Spoons.
The Swim – 200 meters
- Knowing how to swim does not know you know how to swim.
- 200m is really far.
- Sprinting into the water is a pure waste of energy.
- Oh, and the little pool at the end of the sand is useful to get the sand off of your feet. Duh.
The Bike – 8 mi
- There is a big difference between a mountain bike and a road bike. Apparently road ones are like, light or something.
- It’s best to put your shirt on before your helmet.
- After the cold water, your legs will tighten up (especially if you have ugly calves) and it’s going to suck.
- I also spent the 8 miles trying not to puke up lake water, which was a great time.
- I should probably get some biking shorts.
The Run – 1.6 miles
- That bike to run transition is weird. And don’t forget to take of your brain lid.
- I actually ran faster than I thought I would. Mostly because my legs were so tight and moving in quick steps was my only option.
- For a runner, the run is the most enjoyable part of a tri.
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
- I came in last after the swim, passed 2 people out of the swim/bike transition, and passed two people on the bike. Therefore, I came in third to last. But hey, it wasn’t last.
- During the bike, I seriously considered dropping out before the run. I had swallowed some water during the swim, and think I aspirated some. I couldn’t breathe, hence almost puking from coughing so hard to try and get it up.
- Despite my dismal swim/bike performance, I came in 8/19 time-wise on the run portion. I was really proud of that.
- The soreness the next day was real.
- I’m not doing the full tri again until I practice swimming. However they do a run/bike/run option that I hope to do again!
It’s time for me to pack up and head back to NY. I can’t believe I’ll be back to NH in just a couple of weeks for the two running portions of a biathlon/duathlon!
Have you ever tried a triathlon?