I had no idea I was a streaker for this TRI, the Ultimate TRI, but this is the 2nd year it was held…so streaker status intact. This sprint is a 300m pool swim, 8 mile bike ride, and 5k run at the Jacksonville Golf and Country Club put on by Ultimate Racing and TRI with Skye. Well organized with lots of volunteers and police presence. Looking for a first TRI? Look no further.
My journey should’ve been easy, but what you expect and what you truly get is a whole different story. Three years ago I had signed up for my first TRI(My First TRI sponsored by Enjoy Fitness), swimming was not my strength so I had Chris coaching me. Then life happened and I gave Chris my bib while I was his cheering squad. I doubled my resolve to do a TRI. My swimming got better, I had a road bike, and of course I could run. Last year I did it! Not once but twice! Easy right?
April 23rd was my go to day.
I had been swimming on and off. Then it happened. April 14th outside pool JCA, and I forgot how to swim, breathe, and my heart was beating ferociously in my chest. What the hell?! I was able to swim(I use that word loosely) 300m that day. I couldn’t figure out what happened. Was I about to give up? With 9 days to go? No! Easter Sunday I tried again. 100m breaststroke, 100m freestyle, 100 breastroke, the rest freestyle-700m! Confidence restored.
It’s time! We get to the race site by 6:45 a m, and the parking is packed. Luckily we found a space, unpacked our equipment, and headed to the start to pick up our ankle chip. Transition area is tight but we get our stuff in place. Pool time! We see some familiar faces and say hi. I’m 96(way in the back) and Chris is 78(he’s fast). All too soon it’s my turn and here I go. I passed people and got passed, I paused at the wall, and then kept going. Done. 10:57. I need to do something to get faster. T1 was a disaster but somehow I got my head together and walked my bike to the start. Over 3:00 minutes-ugh! Then off I go! Familiar territory and life was good-29 minutes! Not bad. T2-better. Then my strength-running! I cheered other runners on, saw Chris and gave him a kiss, but kept on going. 25:29! My finish was 1 minute faster than last year!(that was my goal).
Biggest surprise of all…I was 1st in my AG!
Things to work on.
I need to get way faster. 10:57 for 300 m? That is super slow. I’ve tried to go it alone, by just getting in the pool and swimming. That’s given me confidence, but not speed. Drills. Up first technique. A coach may be my next option.
Okay rookie mistakes. Putting my bike helmet on before my shirt?! Duh. The thing to do is practice, practice.
Remember about that confidence? There are not a lot of super sprints, so because I want to move on to a regular sprint, I need to get in a lake or the ocean and give it a try. There is no wall, there is no black line, and there are living things in the water…baby steps. I’ll let you know if I survive.
When someone messes with your bike gears before your TRI( the boys), and you’re pedaling like mad and getting nowhere fast, and forgot how to change your gears. Silly I know. Better prepared for any snafus. That’s a given.
All in all, my TRI was successful. And more importantly I had fun! That’s what it’s all about. If you’re not having fun, think about why it’s not. Find the joy of competing. Even if it’s just competing against yourself or the clock. I’m not racing against anyone, I am racing to see if I can reach my time goal, can I go faster on the bike(16mph-I know I could do better), can I pass anyone on the run or not get passed by tons of people on the swim. Practice makes better.
Remember it’s about the journey not just the destination,