This Saturday I will be doing my first triathlon at Welland. Yep. That's a thing I'll be doing.
Some random thoughts that have been bouncing around my head as I lead up to this thing.
|You know what happens a lot at my house these days? Laundry. Between me and my husband, there's just SO MUCH activewear laundry.|
1. The swim
Well, for starters, this happened.
|I swam all around this lake! No action shots because sorry, not quite talented enough to be in two places at once. I'm working on it.|
|#proof courtesy my old GPS watch jammed in my swim cap. Who knew that would work. I learn so many interesting things from the Internet.|
2. The bike
So I did that whole 8 Days in California challenge of pain and suffering in the quest for some rapid bike improvements.
Was it worth it? Um, yeah it was.
|Zindine: Round it to 230!|
But hey, I did the work and I'm seeing the rewards...
Even if I did get an email message a few hours later that someone had already stolen that QOM from me. Damn it. Strava fame and glory is fleeting.
But me and the bike, we're good. I have aero bars now loaned from Zindine (and perhaps more importantly, I can get in and out of them without falling over!), and a quick release mount for my Garmin so I don't have to turn my wrist over to see my cadence/speed/etc (trust me, that move has led to some serious wobbling around the road in the past). I even did a metric century in the pouring rain at the Ride 4 Heart, and dragged some friends on an allegedly 'easy' ride around the countryside (apparently my definition of easy is not necessarily the same as other people's...). So the bike is awesome. And fun. And pretty much my happy place. Anyone want to go for a ride? How do you feel about hills?
|My punishment for the hills on that 'easy' bike route? First flat tire of the year. I was hoping it would be my only flat, but then later that week I blew out a tube while swapping my road tire for my trainer tire. #loser|
3. The run
|Early morning at the track. Fortunately it was unlocked and I didn't have to hop the fence. Such a rebel.|
|Hurry up, Garmin, we have a tempo run to do!|
|Running early in the morning means gorgeous sunrises all over the place. Makes the early mornings/passing out in exhaustion at 9 pm a little easier to take...|
Oh right, that race thing. Which is on Saturday. And involves stringing all three of these sports together, one after another.
This is where goals and pace plans and such would go, but honestly my main goal is to just finish this thing successfully. I have some times and paces in mind but I'm not willing to commit them to paper, (even electronic blog paper!). This is a big enough step into a new sport without putting a lot of pressure on myself to perform to a particular level. I like to be well prepared for this sort of thing, and I feel like I'm not quite there yet, especially with the open water swimming. Going in with only two (or three if my plans for tomorrow work out) swims under my belt is not ideal for me, from a mental standpoint. I know I can do the swim, it's just in a perfect world I'd have done a lot more swim practice.
In addition to the lack of open water practice, I'd have liked to do a few more bricks. I've really only managed 2, just due to scheduling issues. So my transitions are likely to be a bit of a gong show, but hey! All part of the fun and the learning experience. And this tri really is about being a learning experience.
5. After the race
Yes, there's an addition to my upcoming race schedule up there on the sidebar. If that moves out of the 'tentative' category into the 'holy shit I'm really going to do this' category...well I'll deal with that then. Stay tuned...