Alternate title options.
~ Suck Like a Hoover
~ Slow Wheezing Triathlete
~ Maybe Guacamole Was a Bad Idea
Today I did the Tejas Triathlon in New Territory. It was beautiful and well run.
I was not.
I will break it down for ya! Scales of 1-10.
600 yard swim - 8
My time wasn't great, but I didn't feel like I should drown myself to end the misery like I usually do at that point. That is an improvement. I spent more time in the right swimming position and less time trying to catch my breath. I just get so nervous and I shouldn't because really the swim is my strong suit. Before the race even started my heart rate was 140. I was just STANDING THERE! Thank you adrenaline.
Because I spent more time in the correct swimming position I didn't notice the rest of the field was going no where near the turning buoy. (I heard the guy say we didn't have to go around it, but I thought we had to go TO it.) So I swam about 50 extra yards. Yay me!
11 mile bike - 8
Not bad. No major head divots. I am going to count that as improvement. I was still breathing way too fast and already getting a cramp in my side which didn't bode well for the run. (I am sorry, I mean the trudge.)
3 mile run - 2
Terrible. At mile one a 71 year old man lapped me. Using a walker. And he was on oxygen. After that I decided I would just crawl to the finish.
I don't know what went wrong. I was cramping up and I couldn't catch a breath. I thought if I slowed down to walk I could maybe slow my breathing, but all that did was really make my body want to walk.
Three very nice competitors talked to me encouragingly as they passed me. That helped me to start running again. (At least until they couldn't see me anymore. I didn't want them to think their efforts were in vain.)
The last time I did this race the run kicked my booty too. I think the guy that measures the run for this event needs to be evaluated. It is the longest three mile course I have ever run.
Overall time - 1:31:26
My transitions were slower with the addition of the new cycling shoes. I am definitely going to have practice that. Also I am just going to have to start working more on my swim sprints and running sprints. Anyone know any good online (preferably free) resources for that??
Maybe it is too early to make this decision, but I think maybe an Olympic length triathlon is not in the cards for me this summer. Maybe my goal should be getting faster at the Sprint length. Or maybe since I am not fast anyway a longer triathlon would be better for me. Any thoughts?