Woot Woot! I’m feeling accomplished today because I finished my first Triathlon. I did the Try-A-Tri that was part of the Subaru Niagara Triathlon Series in Grimsby. The distances I did today were: 350 m swim, 10 km bike and 2.5 km run.
It might have been a Try-A-Tri but it wasn’t easy. I used this Try-A-Tri as race to decide how ready I was for the Iron Girl Sprint Triathlon on August 7th. After completing this race, I can say that I almost ready for Iron Girl. But not quite! I need to work on my swimming. My 350 open water swim was VERY hard today.
I got to the Nelles Beach at 11:00, 2 full hours before my race time. Maybe it was a tad bit early, but I was super nervous and I wanted to allow myself lots of time. The parking lot was a 10 minute walk from the race site. Once on site, I found my new friend Margaret, from my Tri Clinic. Registration wasn’t officially open, but to avoid a crowd, they were letting us register anyway. I grabbed my race kit and Margaret and I quickly headed to the transition area to rack our bike.
Once we racked our bikes, put our numbers on our bikes and helmets and deposited out stuff, we walked around the transition area to get our bearings. We walked to the bike course, looked for the line where we could mount our bikes. Then we went down to the swimming area to see what the exit would look like so we knew how to find our bikes through the transition area.
At 12:00, when the registration officially opened up, we went to collect our race chip and get marked with our numbers. I’m not quite 40 yet but since I’m turning 40 before December 31, I’m racing in the 40 – 49 age group. So, when the guy asked my age, I said almost 4o, so he said OK, 40 with a smile then!
The Swim: 350 m
Thirty minutes before race time we went down to the swim start, which was about a 10-minute walk away and got in the water to warm up. The water was 19 or 20 degrees Celcius, but it felt really cold.
The Female 40 to 49 age class was part of the third wave, so I waited in the water until my wave was up! Then the horn went off and it was my turn to swim. Swimming was the hardest of all 3 sports. I’m not a strong swimmer, and oh those waves were killer. Luckily I could touch the bottom and I needed to pause, a lot. After swallowing a lot of water and struggling through (it’s basically what I did), I finally made it through 350 m of cold, wavy hell.
The Biking: 10 km
I made it up the transition zone quickly, and found my bike no problem. I was soooo worried about the transition but I don’t know why really, they were a breeze and my memory of them is pretty blurry. I made sure to put my helmet on first and then un-racked my bike, ran with it till the “Bike On” line and off I went. The 10 kilometers was a breeze. The only problem I had was that my water bottle flew off and I had to stop to retrieve it. I probably lost 30 seconds but that’s about it. Maybe I should have pushed harder on the bike leg.
The run: 2.5 km
Again, the transition between biking and running was a breeze, I don’t really remember it except for seeing my husband and my son on the sideline cheering me on. My legs felt like lead and my race pace was super slow at 6 min/ km. I did beat many people on the run leg and it’s where I gained some lead.
Overall I felt I did well and I’m super happy with my results. I ended up being 8th out of 48 in my age group. I was aiming for 60 min as my goal time. I ended up finishing in 53 min, 30 second.
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