Wow it’s been a while since I’ve written a post– sorry about that! I promise new workout music soon– I’ve found some good stuff lately! I am writing today becuase I have less than a month before my first sprint triathlon and I am freaking out a little bit. There are two things that are scaring me the most.
1. I’m not a very good swimmer. I can get from point A to B but I have yet to swim in open water (my fault and I’m trying to fix this soon but it’s not that easy to find good open water when you’re Manhattan-bound…at least open water that isn’t completely disgusting) and I need lessons to really get my freestyle form better. I’ve decided for this race my focus is just go get past the swim, which is short by normal standards (300 meters) but given that it’s in the ocean and I’m not the strongest swimmer, it is scaring me for sure.
2. Transitions. Not really sure what to expect here. When I ran my first road race it was small and not that well organized– but all I had to do was run from point A to point B (ok, run from point A to point B to point C sort of in circles…what a disaster of a race). But with the tri I have to finish the swim, put shoes on for the bike (my plan is to wear a single outfit throughout that’s designed for tris) bike, ditch the bike and run. All in a race atmosphere with others around me going fast and with hundreds of other bikes that look like mine… I’m going to do my best to stay calm and not get swept up in other people’s insanity, but I’m nervous about this too.
Hindsight is 20/20. I realize now I should have been taking swim lessons in the winter while I was training for the NYC half, so I would have a good base for this tri training, but at this point it is what it is, and I just want to say that I finished the race, even if my time is terrible. I’m also trying to keep on track with the official first month of marathon training for the NYC Marathon I’m running in November, but obviously I have had to alter that schedule a little bit too. It’s all a little overwhelming (ha, overwellming) but I just keep reminding myself that I can get through it, even if I end up finishing like a turtle in peanut butter. The reality is while I’ve been running a long time I’m not a fearless person, and the swimming and biking aspects do not come naturally to me and require more skill than I have at this point– with that said I’m attempting a sprint tri, not an Ironman, and I know my cardiovascular abilities can carry me through the relatively short race, assuming I don’t need to be rescued from the water or fall off my bike and break a bone or something
Sometimes I also have to remind myself of where I started a few years ago–when running more than a few miles seemed totally impossible and though I wasn’t content with the random cardio workouts I was doing, I didn’t know what else to do to motivate myself. Running has done a lot for my body and my spirit, and made me believe in my abilities and strengths. I still think finishing my first marathon was probably the proudest I have ever been of myself. Maybe I’ll be able to have that feeling about the tri someday too. But for now, baby steps. Let’s get past my first swim-bike-run race and go from there.