On Sep 24th, I will turn 35. And so will the annual event of Santa Cruz Annual triathlon. So basically when I was born, a world away, in Santa Cruz, people were doing the tri for the first time at that venue.
I never quite learned to swim the right way. And the biggest challenge for the event was the swim. I was scared of the idea of being in a situation where my feet didn’t touch the ground. You see, I had never been in a pool where I was swimming, and did not have the ability to basically stand up.
For starters, I signed up for the sprint event. Which is basically a 700 Yard swim, 12 mile bike ride, and a 3 mile run. All of which seem fairly easy. I have been training on and off. And I would say my total prep time was about 3-4 weeks. Working out 2-3 times a week.
My usual workouts are 60-90 mins of Bike-Run. I stick to a spin bike and a treadmill. I will occasionally swim 800-1000 yards in my pool. Although I now get the feeling that I have been swimming bigger distances. I was using my Garmin Fenix 3 and I am guessing that its not measuring my distance correctly. I averaged ~ 4min/ 100 yards initially, which my colleague thought was suspiciously slow.
I am going to bet that the frequent turns on the pools are somehow adding to a significant error.
How do I know this?
Yesterday, I did something amazing… I swam into the open ocean for the first time ever. I bought myself a wetsuit ( I have never worn one). And drove to Capitola and swam a 2:09 Min/100 yards.
So, either swimming in the sea is a lot easier, or there is a calibration issue with my fenix when it does pool swims using the the Open Water App.
From what I could tell swimming in the ocean was trivially easy compared to a pool. Floating was much less effort.
Last week I did my first estimate of all three events.
Swim: 22 Mins Bike: 31 Mins (used spin bike) Run: 33 Mins.
I am gonna focus on running for the coming week, because its clearly the weakest link in my game.
I am projecting that on the day of the event, I will be very pleased if I can hit the following targets.
Swim : 18 Mins.
Bike : 40 Mins
Run : 28 Mins.
Wish me the best.