It’s Tri Time!

Happy Monday my Friends! It’s official! I am about to be a triathlete! I signed up for my first triathlon this weekend and I could not be more excited. I decided to go with the Tinsel Triathlon in Hemet because a reverse sprint tri seemed less scary. This tri will start with a 5k run, 20k bike, and 150 meter pool swim. Totally doable considering the last sport is a pool swim.  I am not quite ready for open water swimming, so I am saving that for the next triathlon.
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It’s likely that most of you know I started to train if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter as I have been dropping a lot of hints there. It’s true… I started swim lessons to learn the proper way to swim.  I have swam my entire life but never learned the correct form. But a cool thing happened this weekend! I swam one entire mile! This has been a private goal of mine for about 6 months. I still need to work on form and speed but I am definitely less intimidated by swimming now.
imageAfter my last half marathon, I also started to ramp up the cycle training. Slowly but surely I am starting to feel ready for this race! That’s a good thing considering the race is in two weeks! Over the next few weeks leading up to the race, I will focus on biking and swimming. Although I am not a fast runner, I feel like it comes easiest to me out of the three sports.

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I am super excited for this next adventure. Hopefully this will be the first of many triathlons in my future. The ultimate goal would be a Half Ironman, but I am not going to get ahead of myself at the moment. :)

Questions: Have you ever done a triathlon? What is your best advice for a newbie?

11 thoughts on “It’s Tri Time!

  1. Oh how fun!! Good luck! I did my first sprint tri last year. The swim was open water and it was freezing. You’ll do so much better in the pool, open water is tough. My advice is to do double training days (i.e. run and bike one day, run and swim another day) so you get used to switching between activities. Also, practice your transitions. Anyway, I’m not super experienced but those things helped me!
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  2. YAY! This is so exciting … I mean I “knew” from Instagram, but I didn’t really know for sure! I’ve done a few triathlons, but none with a pool swim, and none with the swim at the end! That’s so interesting! Girl, if you can swim a mile, you’re FINE to swim 150m! You’ve obviously heard this advice given your choice of race, but oh my goodness, swimming in open water is SO different! Despite having heard from so many people that it would be scary, cold, and I would get kicked in the face, I definitely had a mini panic attack during my first one! My other (relevant) advice is to go over and over and over your packing list the night before – you need a lot of stuff for a tri! SO EXCITING! Have fun!
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  3. Good job swimming a mile girl! Swimming takes so long to build up and be good at – you are KILLING it! You swam over a mile in 33 minutes? THAT is speedy speedy speedy! WHOOOO!!!! I have been dying to do a tri so I shall channel you for my motivation, thankyouverymuch. :)
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  4. Sounds like a fun race! I probably should have done my first triathlon with a pool swim, but I jumped right into open-water (and it wasn’t that pleasant for me!). I just signed up for my second triathlon (April), so I’ve got a little bit of time to procrastinate before I start trying to teach myself to swim again. Good luck at your race!
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