If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I refer to myself in my bio as a “wannabe triathlete”. It’s a goal, a vision and a dream that I’ve been wanting to make a reality for a couple of years now. This past Saturday, I got one step closer to my goal by competing in my first ever event!
I became a try-a-tri, triathlete!!
It’s winter here in the Great White North so this unofficial event was held indoors for obvious reasons. I woke up at the ungodly hour of 4:45am (I know…this is sleeping in, in triathlon terms), got dressed, grabbed my gear and headed to the pool.
Once there, I registered and got my numbered swim cap.
Then it was off to the cardio/track area to get my bike set up. I don’t own a bike trainer as was the case with about half the participants so we used stationary bikes instead. Can I just say that this bike seat was enormous!! I never thought I’d long the (dis)comfort of a spin bike seat but I did.
Then it was back down to the pool to change and get inked up.
After that, we got some last minute instructions on who to see, where to go and a quick few warm up laps then the horn sounded and off we went! The try-a-tri did a 300m swim. I was pretty nervous about that because I’ve never swam that far without needing constant breaks. I knew I could take breaks at each end as I needed (the major advantage to indoor swimming) but I wanted to push myself. I ended up swimming my lengths with breaststroke because it was less taxing on me and I could see more of what was going on around me. I knew I was going to be the last one out of the pool so I wasn’t panicking when the other swimmers were lapping me. I think my swim time was 9:36. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. I’m guessing it’s a bit on the slow side.
Transition was interesting but I managed to change out of my suit and into my shorts/shirt and get up to the cardio area in under 3 minutes (boom!). After that it was 30 minutes on the cardio (I would have preferred a distance goal here to see if I could have caught up to the pack but because not everyone could track distance, this was the fairest option for everyone).
After the bike was a 1km run which I did in about 4:36!
After our swim pack coach, Wanda, made us all a fantastic oatmeal breakfast. I wasted no time diving into mine!
There were also a tray of these bad boys. It’s an entire head of kale and some freshly squeezed orange juice so I was a bit afraid to try it. I’ve heard it referred to as a “meaty” drink. I’m not gonna lie. It was hard to get down. The aftertaste was much better than the initial taste but man…it’s definitely an acquired taste. More power to those who an drink it without making a scrunchie face after.
All in all, it was a really good into into the triathlon world for me. There are a few more of these events before open water swim starts in 6 months (the ice will barely be off the water, I’m shivering just thinking about it) so I’m hoping to improve my times and possibly do a sprint swim before then.
So…do I get to call myself a triathlete now?