Tuesday Running Update!

Greetings All!


Not much running has happened around here lately – the humidity has been insane, and the school work has been piling on. Meaning, that even though I would like to go out in the evenings, it is just too hot still and I really have to get my marking and prep done. Also, shopping for a car has also been on the go as well, so even though I was supposed to go to track last night and get a workout in, I ended up not going because P went to look at a car (no deal).

I have my “Try a Tri” coming up in just over two weeks. It is a fairly small triathlon – 250m swim, 20K bike and 2K run. The bike and the run are my average rides/runs, so I’m not worried about those two parts at all. Even a couple of weeks ago, I ran a hard hilly, 5K and immediately went home and biked about 15K right after and the only reason we stopped at 15K was because Max needed lunch. I could have easily kept going.

The swim part? Whole other ball game. I do not have a pool, and the open lane swim times are either really early or really late at night. I am going to attempt to wake up early on Thursday or Friday to try and get a swim in, but it isn’t looking good. 250m may not seem like much, but it is for me! I do know how to swim, but I have never raced nor have I done a “lane swim” since high school. I like to swim in lakes and oceans. I’ve heard that at Mooney’s Bay (where the event takes place), I can touch the bottom (the swim is in the swimming area of the park, not really “open swim”), so I’m not too scared.


In terms of clothing – I have purchased a tri top and bottom so that I don’t have to change from the swim portion to the bike/run. I have a sport swim suit, but I have a feeling that I would have been cursing it during the run. If the weather is anything like it has been in the past couple of weeks, I am going to bake. The race isn’t until 10am, so I will be hitting the run right at the time where I normally say ‘No go’ to running on any other ordinary day.

I do not have clips for my bike, so I will just be in my usual running shoes for the bike/run portion.


I am using my mountain bike, but converting the wheels into ‘slicks’. I do not own a hybrid/road bike nor do I want to purchase one yet. It will be fine. I’ve done 20K+ on my mountain bike in an urban setting before, so I’m not too worried.

Everything Else

I really hope it isn’t a hot day. My race doesn’t start until late in the morning and that is not ideal for any kind of race. I will bake – that is for sure! I am going to have to soak myself in sunscreen! I do plan on going all out on the 2K run though (depending how tired I am already though). Not sure of what my timing will be like overall, but I am aiming for a clean, fun race – the best kind!

Alright – time to do marking (again!!!)


Any tips or tricks regarding triathlons?!?



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  1. Kristi

    Good luck with the tri. I am too much of a wimp to try one, my swimming leaves a lot to be desired. Fingers crossed the weather cools off for your race day.

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      I hope so! I’m a little scared. I ran at 11am the other day and it was awful!

  2. Stephanie@nowirun.com

    I did a sprint triathlon last year and really had a great time with it. The swim was the hardest for me, too. I just plodded along and could barely lift myself out of the pool when it was over. There were people who were just getting ready to help me (embarrassing) when I finally dragged myself up onto the side.
    My biggest hope for you is good weather!! It sounds like you have the gear and transitions figured out (will you fuel?).

  3. Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom

    Good luck! I’ve never done a triathlon, but I think the swim part is the part that scares me the most! I can run and bike no problem, but I’m not the strongest swimmer. Good luck to you 🙂

  4. Lindsay

    Good luck! I did an Ottawa Try a Tri with Somersault in 2010. It was the early bird one at Carleton. It is a shorter swim (although that is my strongest portion) and I was nervous about the run because I am not a runner. The bike ended up being the hardest for me because I had a mountain without road tires which was a huge mistake. My advice for the swim is take your time and try not to get overwhelmed. Most people are most nervous about the swim. And why not go and do a test swim at Mooney’s next time you head to Terry Fox? Instead of pool swimming you may as well train where you’ll actually be swimming since the pool and the bay are so different.

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      I was thinking that last night as I ran past the swimming area. My tri bottoms and top should be arriving soon, so I figured that next week at track I could get a swim in or two!

      Yup – I need to procure some slicks fast! I am reasonably fast on my mountain bike, but I would like to have an easier ride 🙂


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