This post is going to be about my thought process leading up to coming up with the courage to sign up for my first Olympic triathlon.
Sprint or Olympic?
I clicked back and fourth several times form the Sprint to Olympic distance. The only part I kept thinking about was the SWIM! Up until then I have never been able to swim ore than 200m continuously, thinking about 1500m was mind boggling.
Then I just said GO BIG OR GO HOME!! Olympic it is - I better start practicing my swimming!
Sign Up! - December 4, 2014
I read a tweet, clicked on a link, put in my credit card info and POOF I was signed up for my first Olympic triathlon.
The thoughts that ran through my head, "How hard could it be? I biked 90km ONCE and bike to school and work dodging traffic everyday. I ran a few marathons and love running! This should be a piece of cake! (Wrong, wait till you do it one after the other!)
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It's not official till you make a Facebook post about it!! Approval measured by Likes from your friends! Also their words of encouragement and assurance that you aren't insane are nice too!
SWIM SWIM SWIM!
Now that I've committed to the Olympic distance tri, actually I like to just call it the 1.5k swim tri. It was time to swim and forget about the fact that I need to bike and run after the swim.
An all new experience of getting into a wetsuit - I was told it was going to be the most amazing thing in the water. Helps you float and keeps you warm. Took me over 25 minutes to get this thing on! The wetsuit is named Balgoa the Blue.
First Practice Tri AND Open Water Swim!
Thanks to a friend for organizing I got to try out my new wetsuit and do my first open water swim.
Thoughts during my first open water swim in a wetsuit:
- It's true! - the wetsuit does entrap water between your body and suit and it warms up fast!
- I'M FLOATING!!! I just laid back and I was floating!!
- Started swimming - "Oh no, I'm so tired! We've only gone 25m?! I think my GPS watch is broken! Find the shore, I'm going to drown!!
- I REALLY think I should drop down to the sprint distance! This is insane!
I later learnt that it was completely normal to feel and think what I was thinking for my first open water swim. I guess it's good it was just a practice run!
Bike to Run Legs
Completely new feeling - it was darn tough! I've never had this feeling in my legs before! Again happy to have experienced it during a practice run rather than race day!
I Think I Need to Do More Bricks
After that practice triathlon I told myself I needed to do a few more bricks - I was essentially using the same mentality I do with exams. Crunch time - cram cram cram knowing it probably didn't matter at this point anyway, it felt better cramming. Luckily I had Tuesday and Thursday mornings free before school so I got 2 weeks worth of mini bricks before racing to class.
Just over a week to the race I've been checking the weather non stop. Hoping and praying the water temperatures are warm enough to not get the swim cancelled. A duathlon seems fun but it would certainly be disappointing with such a build up to my first triathlon.
We will know 1 hour before the first wave start if the swim is a go or not. The water temperature will need to be 13C + also taking into consideration the air temperature. 9 days out - the water temperature in Lake Ontario is only 11C and the weather is suppose to only get cooler next week!
Since I signed up I've always told people "If I get out of that water, I'm already a champion. There is no way of drowning biking or swimming." I have no goal time, my goal is to finish my first triathlon - I know it will be as much mental as physical challenge for me.
I'll see you at the finish line!