I thought about trying a Triathlon last season but I kept putting it off.
This season I've decided I really want to give it a go, and so to start off, I've signed up for the Triathlon Pink - women's triathlon.
It's on the 2nd of November and I've put myself down for the 300m/9km/3km distance. I might struggle a bit with the run...
If that goes ok, I'll go into the Brooks fun-tri series.
So I completed the Women's triathlon on Sunday that was run out of Albert Park. The weather was great for it, it was warm in the morning but not too windy. I thought I'd do a write up of it in case any of you are interested in doing it next year.
I got there before 8am to register (my event was due to start at 9am). No issue with the registration but by the time I got there they had run out of every T-shirt size except for XL
We had a brief explanation of how the transition area worked by a TriAlliance guy and how to set it up with your stuff. Due to the large number of people participating, we had to wait until the previous two events had finished before we were allowed to set up in the transition area. We walked into the swimming area and had a briefing on how things were going to run. By the time we got going it was after 9.30am.
The swimming was done in wave starts of 10 people at a time. I thought that this part of the event would be tough, but I was more worried about the run. A combination of adrenalin and nerves meant that I struggled to get enough breath in at around the 200m mark. I felt like I was drowning (this stressed me even more) and was very glad that the side of the swimming pool was there to grab if i needed it. I was oh so glad to get out of the water and stumble towards my bike.
The first transition (T1) was the trickiest, as I tried to get a jersey on (I can see why those one piece tri outfits would be so useful). I put on my socks and sneakers on (used my recently acquired commuter bike so no bike shoes needed) and I would invest in some elastic laces if I do a tri again. The tape on my bars is not padded so I spent a few seconds getting my gloves on. I already had the bike shorts on for the swim so I didn't have to worry about this part of it.
Ran out of transition with my bike and got going on the course (which was a bike path). We had to do 6 laps. This was by far my favourite part of the tri, passed heaps of people and felt good. The course was narrow and there were a few corners so I couldn't really build up too much speed. This worked out ok though, as I concentrated on spinning and saving my legs for the run.
Finished the last lap, dismounted and ran into transition. T2 was very easy; rack the bike, take the helmet off, slurp some water, pour some over the head, grab my cap and off I went. I forgot to take my cycling gloves at the transition but I was wearing a bike jersey on top so I just stuffed them in the back pockets.
My running was slow - I kind of neglected to train for this bit properly. I didn't feel too bad, though, the people that passed me all looked very serious (proper tri outfits) and most people were just there to finish. I sped up at the finish (as you do) and ran through the gate with my arms in the air! Woo hoo! I was stuffed but feeling great. I downed a gatorade and walked around a bit before getting back to my bag and getting out some chocolate and banana cake I made the night before (yum).
The adrenalin made me feel great and I recovered from it all fairly quickly (only a few muscles sore today). If I do a tri again, I'll definitely need to work out how to handle the swim without getting so stressed out - the ocean is going to be much tougher going than a swimming pool. I would also train up for the running and swimming more. Hmm, maybe I should just stick to bike riding.
Summary (how I felt doing each bit):
What to improve:
- Figure out clothing a bit better so I'm not wearing so much stuff and don't have to put on/take off too much in transition.
- Get elastic laces
- Attach a bottle holder to my commuter bike so I can hydrate while riding.
- Try and not to get so nervous next time.