Thinking Out Loud: That Time iTri-ed

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.

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The Swim – 200 meters

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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?

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6 thoughts on “Thinking Out Loud: That Time iTri-ed

  1. NICE! Triathlons are one of the hardest sports ever. I’ve done 2 official tris and 3 unofficial, and I am so SLOW. I almost always come last out of the water on the swim. And this past time, I got passed by SO many people on my mountain bike. Oh well. It was humbling, that’s for sure.

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  2. Rockstar! I think even finishing a triathlon is a huge accomplishment, so mad props to you for getting ‘er done! 😀 I honestly couldn’t imagine trying to bike and run while hacking up water, though. Eep. You should seriously be proud of yourself!

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  3. Awesome job! Swimming is so strange. To walk 200M is nothing, but it seems like 200 miles when you’re swimming. At one of my tris, I swallowed a ton of water, so I know how miserable that is. Great job pushing through and finishing.

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