I’ve done lots of races. Tons of 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, mud runs, and even one sprint triathlon in the past. None were as difficult as the Tour de Kirkwood Sprint Triathlon 2015 that I completed yesterday! The first time I did this same sprint triathlon was before William was here, so I had all the time in the world to train, and I did. I worked out six or seven times a week. Now? Not so much. I trained when I could, but in reality, I only got in a few swims, two long bike rides, and several runs. When people asked how I planned on doing the triathlon without training, I kept saying how short the distances were and I’d be fine. (400 yard swim, 10 mile bike ride, and 3 mile run) After all, I ran an entire half marathon without running more than six miles prior. I’d be fine.
When I woke up at five o’clock in the morning, it was thunderstorming. Grrrreat. I did my usual routine to get ready and left my parents’ house (they were watching William) by 6:15. We were sent an email saying the event was still on, but they would make a decision about the bike at 7:00. The thunder and lightning stopped, but the rain continued. The race was postponed til 8:00 (rather than 7:30), but other than that, it was on.
The “before” picture. When I was still smiling. And standing.
It was a pool swim, serpentine style. We lined up according to the time we thought we’d get. I guessed between 10-11 minutes, so I was pretty far back. I didn’t get in the pool until 8:40. Waiting at a race for two hours is not the most fun. I don’t get nervous for races until right before. Two hours is a long time to have jitters. I just wanted to begin.
I felt good during the swim. I passed a few swimmers, didn’t stop to take a break, but was definitely tired at the end. I definitely felt it once I got on my bike. Biking is probably my weakest sport of the three, and there were looooooong uphills. Plus, we had to do two loops, so as if the first wasn’t hard enough, we had to do the whole thing again. Oy. My quads were on FIRE.
Then came the run. I felt most confident for the run. That is… until I started running. My legs were jello and the beginning of the course was on mulch and through a trail and pretty hilly. I struggled big time. I literally couldn’t believe how much trouble I was having. I mean it was THREE miles. I could do three miles in my sleep, regardless of how little training I’d done. Not yesterday. I was spent. The run was an out and back and we had to do two laps of the run, as well. Killer.
How’d I finish? Two minutes and thirty seconds faster than my last one! That’s all I wanted – beat my previous time! I did this race with a friend and was definitely pushed. Otherwise, no way would I have beat my time. Here are my results:
- Swim Time: 10:46
- Swim Pace: 2:42
- Tran 1: 2:37
- Bike Time: 53:17
- Bike Rate: 11.26
- Tran 2: 1:40
- Run Time: 28:43
- Run Pace: 9:35
- Finish Time: 1:37:00
See my 2011 results HERE.
Bike was still my slowest and the run, somehow, was my fastest. Other than that, my numbers were pretty similar to 2011. Usually I take a million pictures, but I wanted nothing to do with the camera when I finished. I was exhausted. This was the most difficult race I’ve ever done. I do want to do it again… and train a lot better.
For St. Louis friends or people near St. Louis, I highly recommend the Tour de Kirkwood Sprint Triathlon. It’s a GREAT first race! This is Big Shark’s 12th year hosting it, and they’ve got it down. The atmosphere is very supportive, positive, and encouraging. The race director was giving lots of tips before the race started, sharing proper race etiquette, and explaining parts of the course. He said this is a great first triathlon to do because you really have to earn it; it’s not an easy race. He was SO right!
While I kind of thought I was going to die during the race, I’m glad I did it, I’m happy I finished, and I’m definitely proud I cut down my time… even just a little!
Did you race this weekend? Have you ever done a triathlon? Any desire to?