Facing the Triathlon (Part I)


Two weeks ago I completed my first triathlon! Looking back it’s hard to believe how nervous I was the day before and the morning of the race.  It was such a different feeling from what I felt in preparing for my first marathon in 2009.  I remember going to the expo for that race and being giddy with excitement rather than nervousness.   And I think it’s because the marathon was all running. What were 26.2 miles when I had already done 20 in a training run?  The beauty of running is that it’s just that—running.  The triathlon was completely different—three disciplines all strung together, which other than a few brick workouts, would be the first time I’d put them all into action.

Pre-race (race course shots by Sal 3)  Pre-race 3 (Sal by buoys)  Pre-race (race course shots by Sal 4) Pre-race (setting--taken by Sal)  Pre-race 2 (setting)  Pre-race (race course shots by Sal 5)  Pre-race 4 (driving the bike course) Pre-race 9 (Sal as IronGirl)

After 3 months of preparation, race weekend was here at last!  Race destination—beautiful Rocky Gap State Park.  I arrived the day before.  The race director shared at a meeting with us that 24 states were represented including Alaska, California and Colorado.  There would be almost 1,000 women competing, including one professional and one elite.   Later after a bite to eat and a visit to the race expo to get my timing device and other race paraphernalia, I got my bike checked in to the transition area (where it would stay overnight).  Then it was time to take a light swim in the lake.  The buoys were already in place and that was where I started to get a little nervous (it looked like such a far distance to swim!). After getting out past the shallow end where there were lots of grass and seaweed, it wasn’t so bad.  And the water was decently clear as I could see my hand in front of me.   I went out about halfway to the first buoy and turned back (after all I didn’t want to expend my energy for the big day).  Then we checked out the bike course which included a lot of hills.  But I knew that I could do it.  I was beginning to visualize the tri…it was sinking in that this was going to happen one way or another.  Coming next…race day!

 

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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