fitness, New Skill

My first triathlon conquered.

I did it! It was a gorgeous setting. Biking on the edge of the santa cruz  west side cliff road. Words can’t describe the feeling or the place.

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The swim of 700 yards took me 15 mins. The 12 mile bike ride took me 38, and the 3.1 mile run took me 31 mins.

I was very happy with my speed, it was just as expected, except the run was 2-3 mins slower than expected. I cramped up within the first five minutes of the run. Rookie mistake – I drank water instead of electrolytes.

I rested for a minute or so, stretched and kept going, and the cramps did not return, though I kept a pace of 10min/mile, instead of the planned 9min/mile.

I am now committed to do the full triathlon. The one I did is a sprint variant. Shorter and manageable distances.

I ranked 155 in 333 people. 109 of 190 Men. So definitely not fast. But I know I can improve dramatically in all three sports. This event will be a reasonable line in the sand.

Expectation for the next event:

  1. Get biking speed to about 22mph on flat surface. I will probably buy a road bike soon.
  2. Get Swim pace to under 2 min/100m. This will be a 10% improvement.
  3. Running needs to be 8min/mile. This will require the most work.

That speed would put me in the ballpark of the top 30 athletes in the field. So I have set a new bar for myself. It should take me 6 months to work up to those speeds.

The most amazing thing though was that the triathlon was just a exciting backdrop for the most amazing birthday weekend. My girlfriend is the most thoughtful and caring woman. I am lucky to have her in my life. She supported my training, and helped in every way imaginable. I could not have done it without her.

 

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