Triathlon season number one is a wrap. All up this Unsporty Woman participated in seven baby triathlons or Super Sprints as they are more accurately know this spring/summer 2016-17 season. The swim distance is between 375 and 200m, cycle distance 10kms and run between 2kms and 3kms.
Pauly completed five including a Sprint Distance Triathlon (500m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run). A couple of other Quackers also took to the water, cycle and run and proved that they too have triathlons in them – go Louise and Janette.
Triathlon was completely outside my comfort zone. I’ve stressed about drowning and sharks, about crashing and cramping on the bike and about getting my wet suit off. All that stressing wasn’t necessary. While I did struggle with the wet suit removal all the other stressing was completely unnecessary. And not only that I was fastest old lady on two occasions (let’s not say how large the field was – small, it was small, tiny, puny!).
The Devonport Triathlon was the final triathlon for us this season. It was my first one swimming at a beach. It was a little rougher than what I’ve experienced before but all up it was ok. The ride was four laps. This was a little worrying because I’m not good at hair-pin bends and we had to turn a total of seven times.
Looking back I’m content with how things went with my first triathlon season. Not using a GPS means that swimming, cycling and running are done according to feel. I’ve looked at the results and have become a little faster but this I think is due to getting faster at transition rather than anything else! My confidence and enjoyment has grown.
At the Devonport Tri I was pleased to see Sam competing in the Olympic distance event. She is totally inspirational with how she approaches triathlon. Despite set backs with injury she just keeps on going. Never giving up. Debbie was also there doing her first triathlon in the baby one too. She smoked it and was long finished before I waddled over the line.
First Triathlon season? It’s a wrap. A happy wrap of looking back at something I didn’t think I would be able to do and finding that I can; and not only can I triathlon but it’s fun! Here are some happy snaps thanks to my Mum and Dad who were cheer squad.
What’s this break? I’m taking a break from blogging for now. For the first time in months we have a clear calendar with nothing except Launceston Running Club runs until The Great Ocean Road Marathon in May. With all the comings and goings of farm life and things being up in the air, I’m going to take a little down time to concentrate on a few tasks that need my full attention. The Marathon Plan is written and is up on the fridge. Post-ITB the plan is rather loose, it’s more a guide. The plan has been constructed to simply get me over the finish line.
Keep on running happily Dear Reader, I’ll be back in May to tell you how we all did at Great Ocean Road.
Happy running 🙂