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.
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?!?