Archive for September, 2009
I did it, I’m a triathlete! Ok well, maybe not yet, but I did FINISH my first triathlon! And I can’t wait to do another.
Age group: 13/14
Total time: 1:42:20
Swim (300m): 6:46/Pace 2:15 (7/14 age)
Bike (20k): 59:26/Rate 12.5 (14/14 age)
Run (5k): 32:414/Pace 10:33 (12/14 age)
There was a minor disaster involved, but it all worked out ok in the end…more on that later.
A race is a challenge of two types of abilities: physical and mental. I’m struggling a little with preparing for the physical so I am going to focus on what I can- the mental. So here’s some of the things I plan to do in the upcoming week or so before the big day:
– prepare race day checklist
– plan my transition site
-make sure my bike is adjusted right
-figure out if I want any padding in my shoes
-test out some race day breakfasts!
Well apparently I’m not too good at keeping up with this “plan” thing…
So I have been following a modified training plan for my sprint tri (in TWO WEEKS!!!!) that is swim focused, maninly because I hadn’t been doing much swimming since my high school days, and I figured of the 3, that had the least impact and would make the most sense to do most often to keep my footsies functioning. I was proud of myself, for the most part I was following the plan, at least as far as swimming goes. I was swimming the exact number of minutes the plan specified. No more than 10% increase each week, to the T. Then the other day I really started thinking…I was swimming mostly 50s, taking a quick break in between, then doing more 50s. Maybe a tad of breaststroke here and there to “recover”. Then I started doing the math for how many laps I was going to need to swim race day….not 2…4…10…but 12!! Being able to do a 50 meant squat! So I essentially bagged my training plan. I’ll still swim those days, but I don’t care how many minutes. I have 2 weeks to work my way up to at least a 300, without overtraining. So yesterday I just jumped in and did 100, 2 150s, and 100. Short and sweet, but wow was I way more wiped out than usual. So I reworked the rest of my plan to slowly get up to 300 (ignoring the fact that my practice pool is yards not meters, oh well!). If I can handle it training, hopefully the extra race-day adrenaline will give me the extra boost I need to keep on racing after I exhaust myself in the pool!