Lifetime Fitness Indoor Triathlon - Sunday, March 9, 2014
I have always wanted to do an indoor triathlon, but they just never seemed to fall at the right time for me. They are a great way to get you in the "tri" mood when you probably haven't done a tri since the previous summer. When I saw they were offering one at a gym pretty close to my house (about 35 minutes) and on a date I could actually go, I was excited. I asked a friend if she'd do it with me and with that we were set.
Flash forward a few weeks. 1) I didn't realize the event was held on Daylight Saving Time day. This didn't turn out to be a big deal as our heats were at 9:00 and 9:20. So I had to get up at 6:45 (5:45 to my mind and body)...but really not that early, especially for a race day. 2) I didn't know I would have a NASTY head cold. I started getting a cold last Wed and by Saturday it was a full blown crap fest. I felt completely miserable. Exhausted and unable to breathe. I pretty much stayed in bed all day Saturday and never left the house once. I did do an hour brick Sat (30 min bike and 30 min run) just to see if I would feel better. I didn't really feel better or worse. I took the workout pretty easy...then went back to bed.
I didn't sleep much on Saturday night. I just couldn't breathe. I woke up about 2:30 and was up til about 5:00. I finally fell back asleep for awhile, and woke up a few minutes before my alarm was set to go off at 6:45. So, I wasn't really sure how things would go. I was tired, but I did wake up feeling a little better.
|My transition area - a locker|
As a matter of fact, Michelle was so into the swim she missed the call for time. I think she did an extra 2 laps and was starting on her 3rd before they finally got her to stop. She got out of the pool behind the rest of her heat...but I knew she would be fine. I wished her luck with the rest of her race and hopped in the pool to warm up for a few laps.
|Michelle in the zone|
This event is actually based on time and not distance, which I really liked. No worries about being the last person (well except that I was in the last heat). For the race you swam 10 minutes, had a 10 minute transition, biked 30 minutes, had a 5 minute transition and then ran 20 minutes. They record your distance for each leg and give you a score for each leg, then combine the scores together for your final score/position. So basically whoever goes the furthest wins.
I've only been swimming about once per week, but I knew I could do 10 minutes. They sounded the start and off I went. I tried to be conservative. I knew if I went out too fast I would crash at the end. I did pretty good not starting too fast. I felt pretty good throughout the swim and before I knew it I was done and ready to move on to the cycle. I managed to do 425 yards in 10 minutes! I was thrilled. The nice thing about having a set transition is that the time didn't count, so I took advantage of it, to change out of my wet things and into dry clothes.
I made it to the cycle room with a couple of minutes to spare so I had time to adjust my bike height, etc to make the ride more comfortable. I had brought my bike shoes, but my clips didn't fit...so I ended up riding in my tennis shoes - the bikes at least had cages. I sat next to Michelle who had just a few minutes left to go on the bike. In a few minutes my heat was off. I wasn't really sure about what tension to use. I kept adjusting it trying to find something that felt comfortable, but that maximized by mph as much as possible. I felt pretty good on the bike and really pushed it toward the end. I did 8.9 miles in 30 minutes. When I got off the bike I could really feel it...I was afraid I had went a little too hard and would be dead for the run. I kept telling myself it's only 20 minutes, you can do anything for 20 minutes.
I walked passed Michelle who only had about 2 minutes to go on the run and she was killing it! I think she was around a 7 min pace. I got on the treadmill and started to run. I told myself to take it conservatively and I did. I started out at a 5 and increased by .1 every minute until I got to a comfortable pace of 5.8 (which I think is about a 10:30 min pace). I inched it up to a 10 minute pace (6.0) for a few minutes, then I'd go back to 5.8. I did this a few times. Finally with 2 minutes left, I went up .1 each 30 seconds and ended up running my last bit at a smoking fast (for me) 9:15 or 9:300 pace. I was super happy with my run. I managed 1.89 miles in 20 minutes, so not too bad at all. Well I thought I did 1.89...they have me down for 1.88. I think that's wrong. No biggie.
When the race was over I was happy. It was only an hour of exercise, so it wasn't super taxing, but I had pushed myself, yet played it smart at the same time. Considering how I was feeling starting the race I was super happy with my time and effort.
|The shirt...actually pretty cute and women's specific cut|
Anyway, that was that. My first race of the season and it went well!!!
My overall results were GREAT for me. I was 12th out of 28 people overall and 4th out of 26 females! That's my highest ranking like ever and puts in in the top 25% (for women). Now, there weren't alot of serious triathletes here, but it's ok I'll take it. I was also 2nd out of 16 women in the swim, right behind my friend Michelle! That is crazy...of course I did 17 swim lengths and she did 27!! Michelle ended up winning the Women's Tri. She is awesome!