June 14, 2012

You’re Gonna Do ALL THAT in One Day?!

I have a confession.

I haven’t been completely forthcoming with you guys.

Maybe I knew once I spoke it here, that it was really true.

But my secret, is a dream, and it actually scares the crap out of me.

I keep telling myself that Pinterest tells me if my dreams don’t scare me, then they aren’t big enough.

Source: fitfabcities.com via Jocelyn on Pinterest


Anyway, so my super-secret-scares-the-crap-out-of-me-dream is that I am training for my first Triathlon.

It’s a Sprint Tri. Swim 400 meters (1/4 mile, roughly), bike 9 miles, and run 3. See. No biggie. (!!!! currently dying on the inside)

Except… I still haven’t gotten on the bike. I really wish spin could count as bike training.

I am getting more comfortable in the water, so that is a plus sign. The running, of course, will be my strong suit.

But, I’ll tell you, I had no idea so much went into Tri’s. First, I had to buy new tires for John’s mountain bike. We went with road tires ($95) and a new helmet ($45). I already had a bathing suit, googles, and a swim cap (Whew!). But.. I needed a try outfit. I scoured the interest looking for the best deals… I wanted a tri top and a pair of tri shorts– you can do all 3 events in those. After a week of searching, I bit the bullet, only to order a pair of shorts that were entirely too small and extremely stretched to their max. So, I ordered the mediums and they fit wonderfully. Only.. the outfit cost me $100 and I hadn’t even signed up for the race! Geez..

So, $300 later, I am signed up and have all my crap for the race. It’s July 21st… I’m excited but nervous as all get out.

So, I have started mentioning it to people…at work. I get these super odd looks of “Wait, you’re going to do that all in ONE day?! No breaks?” Umm yes. That’s the plan anyway…

I really wish I would’ve picked a better named Tri, as it’s called The Wet Dog Tri. But, it’s only 30 minutes from here, so not that far.

If you have any training tips, transition tips, or general words of encouragement, now’s a good time to hear them! :)

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  1. Congrats! I just completed my first one this past weekend myself! It was a Mini-Tri for beginners (250 swim/4mi bike/1.5mi run). I was so scared, but I gave myself NO time to think about it- as in, I signed up for it a mere 3 weeks out from the race.
    Things I learned- make SURE you do a few runs off the bike before the race. I still remember the first one I did the night I signed up for the tri. I learned very quickly WHY they call them brick runs. But after my 3rd one, I began to LOVE the feeling of running off he bike. It became the perfect warmup for my legs and actually helped me go faster on my run.
    Good thinking on the tri kit. I skipped this portion because I didn’t want to spend the money on something I wasn’t sure I’d ever want to do again. I made do with a pair of shorts and sports bra worn under my bathing suit for the swim and then peeled off my swimsuit in T1 (as suggested to me by That Pink Girl!). It worked perfectly for this distance, but fashion statement it was not!

    While I’m not rushing to sign up for another- I need alot more time in the pool before I do this again- I’m so glad I did it and now have a better understanding of what they are all about!

  2. So awesome Rachel! You are going to do awesome!

    I totally did the same thing when I bought my first pair of tri shorts. No one tells you how incredibly tiny they are. And you are right, Triathlon is a money pit. I have spent so much this year on it that I can’t justify training for anything but tris right now.

    My biggest tip to you is practice running directly off the bike. Your legs will fill so heavy and jello-like that you need to be acquainted with that feeling prior to race day.

  3. Congrats! That’s awesome news! I’ve been working towards tri training, I’ve been doing all 3 things separately but in short bursts. I’m not confident enough to call any of them a “strong suit” I guess that’s when I’ll know I’m ready to sign up for one!!
    Good luck!!!

  4. I am SO SO proud of you! :)

  5. Spin classes will strengthen your quads and make biking easier–especially on hills. Found this out by accident. Was doing spin classes during the winter and when spring came and I could get outside on my real bike, those hills that used to be killer were MUCH easier to navigate.

  6. Hi there, I’ve been reading your blog for a while, but this is my first post. I started training for tris a few years ago (I didn’t know how to swim at all then) and did my first real tri in the ocean last year (a sprint 1/2 mile swim 14 mile bike, and 5K). I’m signed up for another next month too. If there’s anything I can do to help let me know. I put together a transition list to prep the day before etc.

    You’ll want to practice doing transitions with everything else too. It’s tougher than it seems like it should be to put on socks when your feet are wet.

    I helped my wife through her first tri last year, and am helping my sister-in-law through one this year. I’m no expert, but I certainly know what it’s like to have that nervous energy in the pit of your stomach in the weeks leading up to the tri. But once you’re done, it will be an awesome feeling.


  7. So proud of you! But I definitely think you’re crazy. Whenever Casey talks about doing a tri, I just shake my head. The craziest thing was when she did the Half Ironman.

  8. I can’t wait to hear how it goes!!! You will do great :)

  9. You will do great! If you have any question, please ask. I love triathlon…I also love to spend money…so it is a good fit!

  10. So fun!! Congrats! That’s so thrilling!! I want to try a triathlon one day. I think I’d have to own a bike first. You’re doing your first triathlon on my wedding day! Big days for us both. :) You’ll do great. Can’t wait to hear about it.

  11. You will do great! I’ve heard biking really increases your running speed too. I’ve been wanting to bike more.. just finding the time as usual! :-)

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