Sorry to all my bloggies, I have no excuses for my lack of blog posts lately……I apologize.
To kick of the return of the blog I am going to blog about my TRIATHLON!!! Yes. Bike, Run, Swim. I did the SheRox triathlon Series in Webster MA, on 9/25/11 It was my 1st time trying anything like this and I was nervous and excited.
Ron and I got to the race start at 6am and started to set up the transition area. I had brought a little ribbon to put on my bike seat to mark my spot. We walked down the water to get a feel for temp and took this photo of the sun coming up.
The race started out with a 1/2 mile swim. It went out in groups by age and everyone got a race cap for the age group they were in. I was in the green caps. 30 somethings. It reminded me of girl scout camp when I would do early morning swims to earn my frog badge and get out of the tadpole group.
I used to be a lifeguard as well and swam on the swim team in highschool so the swim portion was the best part of the race for me.
It was still pretty tiring though. I finished in 16 minutes. Then I headed up the hill to where the transition area was. The time in transition was just over 10 mins. My 1st Tri was all about finishing but the next Tri I will be about trying to beat my own time and I know I can knock time off by going faster from one thing to the next.
My Cheer squad was there waiting as I came of the water.
Here I am taking my time to dry off and get ready to jump on the bike. Change my top, put on shoes.
Then it was off for a 12 mile bike ride. This look me 1 hour and 16 mins.
The time on the bike was the hardest for me. I realized even though I had been on long bike rides that I never did any races and the pace was challenging to keep up with. Everyone that I had beat in the water was now easily passing me on the bike. I knew I was just in the race to finish but hearing “passing on the right” every 2 seconds as people went by was ANNOYING! I think now that i have a new bike I will enter some races next year to get used to the faster pace. Plus there was a HILL that was NO JOKE straight up that seemed to go on FOREVER. The coolest thing about the 12 mile bike ride is that I went from MA to RI and CT all in one ride……3 states!! Pretty Cool.
THE FINISH LINE
Then there was the run. It was a 2.9 mile run and no hills. I was feeling pretty good all through the run. You can’t wear ear phones so no music for safety reason. I had been training with my ipod and using it to time my run and my speed. I have one of those things for your shoe that tell you how what pace you are going. I tried to pace myself out but didn’t want to race to fast and burn out. I did a walk/run combo and finished in 41:15. The whole race with transitions on the official website was 2 hours 16 minutes. I was happy with that for my 1st Tri.
I felt great when I crossed the finish line. I was feeling pretty high. I was also happy to see my family all waiting for me. My cheerleader section was pretty full and I loved having them all there.
She swims, She Bikes, She Runs……..SheRox! A great all women’s triathlon series.