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Grandman Triathlon

I feel like I’m flying through the items on my 30 before 30 list! Last weekend, I completed my first triathlon of this year, third one ever. I started them last summer and enjoyed it enough to keep it up this summer. And there was one in Fairhope, AL – the town next to where my brother lives. The perfect excuse to visit him, my sister-in-law and baby nephew!! I trained for a while – I really have no idea how long. The day was perfect – warm, but not hot, and mostly overcast. I’m always the most worried about the swim, especially since this one was in the bay. But overall I did pretty well and was happy with my time. It’s hard to compare race to race since distances are different, but below are my time from last weekend (on top) and my race last August (on bottom). The only difference was that the bike this time was 4 miles longer. It’s hard to get a clear large screenshot, but my swim time improved by almost 2 minutes!

2014 Grandman Tri

2014 Grandman Tri; 1/3 mi swim, 18 mi bike, 3.1 mi run

2013 Peachtree City Tri

2013 Peachtree City Tri; 1/3 mi swim, 14 mi bike, 3.1 mi run

I would definitely do this race again. I enjoyed swimming in the bay more than the lake and the bike route was beautiful.

 


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My First Tri

My friend and I decided we wanted to do something awesome this year. So what crazy idea did we come up with?? A sprint triathlon. Yes, crazy. I have not ridden a bike since…hm….maybe middle school? I have not swam an actual swimming stroke since 5th grade.  So obviously this was a great idea.

I started training in March for an early June race.  Prior to that, of course, I had to stock up on a few small items to prepare – you know, a bike…a swim cap…goggles (and that was just the start).  The first day I jump into the swimming pool I almost quit right then and there, convinced that I would easily drown in seconds in a lake.  After a few swims, though, I actually began to enjoy it – it was a nice change from my normal monotonous running.

Riding a bike is not just like riding a bike. It was kind of scary at first, actually.  It was hard work to learn gears, balancing, taking a drink – and I didn’t have clip-in pedals! But I eventually got the hang out it and, again, enjoyed my rides.  I did discover that training rides are ten times more fun when you do them with someone.  And that training at Stone Mountain is always a good idea (so. many. hills).

Race day was exciting – not quite the hype of a half marathon due to the numbers but it was perfect weather. The water was a lovely 70 degrees (or so I heard). There was a slight cloud cover blocking the intense sun.  Overall, it was a fun event. I did not really enjoy the swimming – open water with 36 other people is kind of difficult. I enjoyed the bike and the run but was very happy to cross the finish line and be done.  I didn’t absolutely love doing all three events together – but I could totally see myself (and plan to) still swimming for exercise (in a pool. not a lake.) and doing some bike races. And of course keep running – my favorite.

Unfortunately my time chip didn’t work, so I don’t have official results, but thanks to our wonderful fans, they estimated my total time at about 1 hour 30 minutes, putting me in about 9th place out of 37! Not too shabby!

Next challenge?! Any suggestions?!