So let me explain. I was a triathlon newbie this year. I am a pretty literal person so when you tell me a course is flat I take your word for it. So here is what I learned don’t ask a real swimmer about the swim in a triathlon. They will tell you something like ” it only a 3rd of a mile you’ve done that in the pool. True. Lesson one the pool is not the ocean or the bay. I swim four to five times a week in the summer and could do the distance that I needed for the tri’s. I was not however ready to swim the distance with waves, wind and people swimming over my slow head. Plus something touched my foot and there were no people near me.
Lie number two, bikers don’t count hills that don’t make them stand up while they are riding. At Iron Girl they said a little wind. What? I felt like I was riding into a wall for a mile or two and had to do it twice.
This time the runners didn’t lie and the course was flat and pleasant.
This past February though I did a 5K with my buds. We all walked it. Could anyone have told me that Morristown, New Jersey is built on a series of hills. I was talking to my self out loud by mile three.
So whatever an athlete tells you ask them first how fast they run, ride or swim and then multiply what they say by at least three.
Words to the wise!!!!
Two hours and 59 minutes later and I had my second triathlon metal ever! Someone pointed out that this was my second in 35 days. Sounds impressive to me. I have begun the critique and see lots of room for improvement but hey I did it. Who would think that I could keep moving for hours. Did I mention a 15 minute walk to where the competition began and a return walk at the end? So the breakdown was 32 minutes in the water, 1 hr and 24 minutes on the bike (two loops riding a few miles into a killer wind each time) and a 3 mile run (walk for me). Well I quit again yesterday like I had done in August. But this time I’m serious. That was the hardest physical thing I’ve ever done. Hmn a week off and then I begin training again for next year. Even though I’m not doing it again I need to be ready. Just in case.
These ladies swim with me and were my inspiration. We range in age from 30’s to 60’s not telling their ages. I’m the oldest just short of my 63rd birthday in October. Iron Girl’s all.
Today, Wednesday, the coldest day of the year so far for us and I decide to visit a gym where some of my friends belong. It’s fairly new and has all the requisite equipment. The price is right and so I embarked on a mini-workout. Wow I’m out of shape. Swimming does somethings but my muscles need work. Part of my reason for doing this is to improve my strength in the pool. Anyway I took my ipod and started walking on the treadmill. Like the pool I can get lost in the activity at the gym. Don’t need anyone to go with me. Sorry but I don’t need to chitchat. Today I was appalled at how little stamina I had on the treadmill, bike and elliptical machine. The challenge has been presented and I will slip into my zone tomorrow when I get there. I love it.
Not sure what day this is but I must say that the water is addicting. For the first time I did one lap (25 yds) freestyle without the flippers on! I was tired but I got there. I am concentrating on this stroke and take all the advice I can get from Coach and swimmers. Don’t want to get bad habits I can’t break later. While the group practiced their flip turns, I tried to flip. Hmm, water up the nose, not a full flip but I tried. Some of the team did a 4 mile bike ride before the pool. Good grief, these people are determined to get me physically fit. What next?