Last updated on August 9th, 2016 at 07:13 pm
My identical twin sister Julie and I live 500 km apart, however, we are training for our first triathlon sprint together in Iron Girl Grimsby this August. We are writing weekly updates of our tri-training on Wednesdays(ish) in an 8 week series called Trials & Tribulations of Triathlon Twins.
Just over 1 week, Ok 11 days actually! Yikes. One more week to train and that’s it! On today’s Triathlon Twins post, Julie and I are predicting our results.
I originally thought that I could get my 500 m swim down to 12 minutes. WRONG, I think I can do it at 16 min in a pool. Even though open water swimming is much more difficult, based on the Try-A-Try results, I think I can do the 500 m in about 16 minutes. Swimming is my weakest of the 3 sports so I don’t believe I will do well overall in this discipline.
I think I’ll do OK in the bike part of Iron Girl. The Bike course is 20 km long. At the Try-A-Tri a few weeks back, I did 10 km in 25 minutes. I think I could have pushed myself harder so I think it’s fair to say that I believe I can finish this portion in around 5o minutes.
Running is by far my strongest of the three sports. The distance will be 5 km. At the Try-A-Tri, I ran at a speed of 6 min/km which is way slower than I usually do. But based on the Try-A-Tri, I can estimate that I’ll probably be around the 30 minute mark.
So, my predicted time for the Iron Girl Grimsby on August 7 will be 1 hour: 40 minutes if I factor in a few minutes for the transitions as well.
Julie predicts, based on her training that she’ll be able to do the 500 meter swim in about 18 minutes. She’s been lucky enough to have access to a lake close by to practice her open water swimming at lunch. I think she’ll surprise herself.
Will all the road bike training combined with her recreational mountain biking with her family, I think Julie is going to rock the 20 km bike portion of Iron Girl. She’s definitely going to beat me in this section, I have no doubt. Julie predicts a time 48 minutes.
Just like me, Julie’s strength is in the running. With a few half-marathons under her belt, I think she’ll do wonderful in this section. She predicts that she’ll finish in 29 to 30 minutes too.
Well, if you tally up Julie’s predictions, factor in some transition time, she’s should be finishing the race at roughly the same time as me, 1 hour: 40 minutes.
I think that Julie and I are realistic in our goals. If we finish it under 2 hours, we won’t be disappointed but we’ll be happier if our results are closer to our predicted times.
Ok, 10 days to go! This is the last push to success, so let’s make this last week and a half count!