Triathlon Done – Now What?

When you’ve set a goal and achieved it; sometimes afterwards there is a let down. Not here, because my sprint tri last Sunday was an intermediate goal. My end goal is to be healthy, fit and strong (and have some fun doing it!) The race was hard, but not has hard as I expected. I really wondered if I’d make it through the run (it comes last). I lasted. I wondered if I’d panic swimming in a crowd of other people with them touching me. I didn’t. I never dreamed I’d fall off my bike. I did.

Aside from all the pre-race training with Neely Hunter in preparation for the race, there were two women who helped me tremendously during the race. Jackie from Rhode Island (she sounded just like my RI relatives!) and Cheryl from South Carolina. During the bike race, Jackie passed me and encouraged me to pass her back. We kept that up for about the last 9 miles of the race, trading off being in front. It kept me motivated and moving at my best speed. Thanks Jackie!!! During the 5k run portion, I saw a woman about my age or a bit older running at  pace that I liked. And I decided to keep up with her; again, I was motivated by another competitor. At some point, I slowed down and she kept going. I know she helped me finish the run portion with pride! Thanks Cheryl!!!

I learned a few things that will come in handy when I participate in another triathlon:

  1. When you are a 55 yr old woman, don’t register as a novice, register in your age group. I would have won first place in my age category had I done so. OK, the truth is there weren’t ANY women who registered in that age category. There were a few 55+ aged women, but they were all registered as novices. And I wouldn’t have been first if all of us had registered in our age group!
  2. Don’t try to mount your beach cruiser like it’s a racing bike (see fall).
  3. Transition times really do matter if you care about where you place. (I really just wanted to finish, next time I’ll care about my placement.)

So, now what? Since the goal is to be healthy, fit and strong, we keep going. Luckily, Neely is the brains behind our training. Mostly, I show up and do whatever she suggests.  Our swimming routine picked up Wednesday where we left off; focusing on improving our speed while finishing a mile about three times a week. We haven’t talked about biking yet, but Tuesday we were at the track walking (I was too sore to run).  Today, we began interval running again, focusing on speed instead of endurance. I liked it and when we were done I was sweating and I’m pretty sure my heart rate was up.

Now, as one last aside, I do have a question about my time. Clearly at the finish line my time is less than 2 hours which I’m thrilled about, however, the time there (1:57:42) doesn’t jive with my posted race results time. What’s up with that?

8 Comments to “Triathlon Done – Now What?”

  1. While I’m not the triathalong type, I admire you so much!! I’d do a bike race but run, swim in the open ocean and then bike. Nope. Not for me. I don’t like the water. I am, however, inspired to get off of my ample bottom and go ride my bike:) Congrat’s on your awesome experience. I think its awesome to know what your body is capable of!

  2. I’m with Kathie on this. I am not a triathalong type, but I am so impressed by what you accomplished. I also love the page you scrapbooked. Very, very impressive all the way around. Congratulations on achieving your goal. Maybe it will get me back walking again.


  3. Thanks Mimi and Kathie! I encourage you both to get moving however works best for you!

  4. Of course we talked about this in person, but I thought I’d post for your other lovely readers, that the time difference is because the official clock is keeping total time of the entire race from first heat start to last person done.

    I started in Heat 3 and you started in Heat 4, so several minutes are shaved off the total time on the clock to get our real times. That’s why we wore digital time chips – they clock our actual times. We both did even better than the time on the clock in our pictures. That’s cool!

    • Thanks, I meant to update the post after our conversation… For some reason, I thought the clock was reading our chip time, this makes a lot more sense AND I love that my time was even faster!

  5. Way to go! I know you worked hard for a long time and it is such an accomplishment. I love that our bodies are so wonderfully made that we can do things we didn’t dare dream were possible.

  6. Congratulations Beth! I am in awe!

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