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  1. #1
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    Finished my first triathlon this morning... and I kicked butt on the bike!

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    Triathlon: 4th Annual PowerMadien. All women triathlon.
    300 yard swim, 13 mile bike, 5K run.

    So, we went to Athen's, Tx on Friday... because it is 90 miles from Dallas, and I wasn't going to start driving early in the morning before the event!

    We chilled in this very small town... found some pasta to eat... and went to bed at a decent hour.

    I could barely sleep! I was so nervous/anxious/excited! I even had *nightmares* that I didn't get there in time to set up my gear perfectly before the tri started.

    So... I get up at 5:00 AM (on Sat. June 18th)... and kind of mull about eating and drinking. We pack up and leave at 5:45 AM.

    Once there I unpack all my gear, set it all up just perfect for a quick transition time... and then I did some running and swimming to warm up.

    I have to say that I was a little intimidated which I saw some of the competitors... I didn't see cellulite on any thighs at first... I figured I was going to be the *fatty* on the course! These ladies (most were older than me) were in amazing shape! But...as more people showed up... I started to see more ladies without perfect bodies... and I felt much better about my tiny outfit!

    Then comes the pre-race meeting... that lasts around 15 minutes or so.

    Finally... it is time to start!

    Due to the fact that my swim time is pretty good... I was in the first group to be lined up for the pool. I was #17 in the line!

    The swim was 300 yards in this very murky pool. It kind of sucked, because I had to go to my right to change lanes and make my turns. So, doing *perfect* flip turns were out of the question.

    The swim portion in one word: CHAOS! At one point I had someone going slow in front of me... two people passing on my left... and someone in the left lane trying to pass those people. At that point I just stood up. Then I got back to it... and I had to breaststroke... because the girl in front me.. her freestyle was a fast my my breaststroke! I finally found a place to pass her and took off.

    Out of the water, I ran over to the bikes. YEA for getting to run through gravel barefooted. I was so happy that I had an extra hand towel at my spot... the gravel/dirt had turned to nast mud and I was able to quickly clean my feet.

    My transition time from swim to bike was around 1 minute! *Smile*

    Then I hit the bike. I knew going into this that the running portion was going to be my weak spot, so I focused on hauling butt on the bike!

    I kept my speed around 18-22 MPH the whole way... with some exceptions. I was SHOCKED! I never ride that fast! WOW!

    The 13 miles just flew by... I had it over in around 40 minutes! I was truly in *awe* of myself!

    The only bad thing is that I got caught behind this lady... and I didn't have the power to pass her... and some other lady was caught behind me. We were clumped up too close and I got a 2 minute penalty for drafting! I knew it was going to happen... but oh well??? I kept trying to fall behind, but I didn't want to go under 18 MPH.

    Towards the end of the bike portion I started to get a stitch in my side... not good.

    Off the bike and on to the running... my transition time there was very quick... under a minute.

    Once running I realized that the stitch in my side was not going away... and was going to cause an issue. The 3 miles I had to run started to seem VERY FAR! I tried walking... stretching... breathing deep... rubbing on it... and the stitch was there to stay.

    So I ran hunched over on the side with the stitch... and I just kept going... walking/running... I must have looked a little pathetic... because the ladies who passed by would say, "You can do it"... etc. Which was very nice as well!

    I made sure that I stood up straight at the end for the pictures and to make the spectators (when they could see me) think I was in great shape! I smiled and waved!

    My time overall was 1:28. I wanted 1:20... but that was darn good considering my run was really bad. I am just happy that I finished in the upper part of the pack... and that my bike portion ROCKED!!! I truly couldn't believe how good of a cyclist I was out there!

    So, it was fun... and my boyfriend Jonny was kind and generous for going and supporting! I will post a link to pictures later!

    Thanks for reading!
    Last edited by KSH; 06-18-2005 at 03:55 PM.

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    Thanks for the report, KSH! Sounds very exciting. I really admire triathletes. Training for three events............ I can't imagine. Glad you had a good time! Will you doanother one?

    annie
    Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived." Captain Jean Luc Picard

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    Hey... here are the pictures that my boyfriend took!

    http://www.sonic-convergence.com/mis...athlon_athens/

    Annie... I will do another! I love training for all 3 events... really keeps me interested in working out! I would get bored if I only did 1 thing all the time!
    Last edited by KSH; 06-19-2005 at 06:34 PM.

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    Congrats!! That's awesome!! usually the people who enter the tri's are x-swimmers. the cramping issue is the worst.. What's the answer...do you rest or just try to run it off??

    I loved that you looked good for the crowd. That's why you pushed yourself. During racing, you will almost always experience your personal best.

    I did one 2 summers ago. The swim killed me and my confidence. then as soon as i jumped on my bike, i was back in the Zone. Great feeling to pass people that passed you earier in the race.

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    Yeah Karen!!!!! cellulite? where????? you look fine. Thanks for sharing.

    I can't wait to do one, I have done a few duathlons and will do a biathlon next month (run shoot run shoot run), but the tri's are out right now with my shoulder problems I haven't swam in 2 months, everytime I think it feels better and I get ready to swim it starts hurting again.

    I have trained so hard and it kills me that my shoulder is bothering me, heck I just learned to swim last year and my coach thinks I rock at swimming. I may have to go to the dr. but I don't want to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerINco
    Congrats!! That's awesome!! usually the people who enter the tri's are x-swimmers. the cramping issue is the worst.. What's the answer...do you rest or just try to run it off??

    I loved that you looked good for the crowd. That's why you pushed yourself. During racing, you will almost always experience your personal best.

    I did one 2 summers ago. The swim killed me and my confidence. then as soon as i jumped on my bike, i was back in the Zone. Great feeling to pass people that passed you earier in the race.
    The cramping issue? Well, for me, for it to truly go away, I have to just stop running... at least when it gets that bad. When I get a minor one... I can usually just slow down and stretch/run to get it worked out.

    Yea... I started an open water swim clinic this past week... so I would be comfortable swimming in a lake! If you get nervous, or if it doesn't feel right... you can lose focus quick! But.... as I sure you know... in a sprint triathlon the swim does not MAKE or BREAK the event! Being good on the bike and on the run is what matters!

    Thanks for sharing your story!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trigurl
    Yeah Karen!!!!! cellulite? where????? you look fine. Thanks for sharing.

    I can't wait to do one, I have done a few duathlons and will do a biathlon next month (run shoot run shoot run), but the tri's are out right now with my shoulder problems I haven't swam in 2 months, everytime I think it feels better and I get ready to swim it starts hurting again.

    I have trained so hard and it kills me that my shoulder is bothering me, heck I just learned to swim last year and my coach thinks I rock at swimming. I may have to go to the dr. but I don't want to.
    Biathlon? Do you live in Texas too?

    Sorry to hear about your shoulder... that really sucks! I had some knee issues from mashing on my pedals, and there for a little while, I thought I was not going to be able to compete, because of that.

    It is so frustrating... when you set a goal and train for it... only to have your body tell you "no"... and there isn't much you can do about it.

    Yea, I didn't go to the DR for my knee... but then again, I have to pay up to $500 before my insurance kicks in. I have to be on my death bed before that will happen!

    Well, best of luck... and focus on your du/bi athlons! Those will be fun. And for what it's worth... the swimming portion in a sprint tri... is pretty short, and annoying.

 

 

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