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Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Indoor Tri...I did it!!

Oh So Serious on the Bike...
I am late with my event reporting...but I did indeed complete the Lifetime Fitness Indoor Tri on March 23.  The event was really well run...even with the fire alarm.  Yes...there was a fire alarm about 20 minutes before my wave was to start.  The fire truck arrived (and yes there were cute firemen!!).  I was so glad my wave time changed...otherwise...I would have been swimming or on the bikes when it happened.  I was supposed to go first thing in the AM...but there was a husband and wife who wanted to be in the same wave...so I switched with them.  I love it when events run smoothly...no glitches or problems...it was like the fire alarm didn't even happen.

The Swim
I got to the pool nice and early and could swim a bit before and watch the wave ahead of me.  I also figured out how to put the swim cap on...have never worn one of those before.  A super serious swimmer was warming up too.  A watch and all.  It is our start time...two sisters are in the other lane.  I'm sharing with the serious swimmer.  We start.  He is amazing...so fast...doesn't knock me...I know this guy is training for things way bigger then this.  I'm moseying along doing my breaststroke...head above water...I don't even know how many lengths I got.  I was having fun...being slow and at my measured pace and trying to stay out of the way of the serious contender.

The Bike
 
The transition goes easily...I got to the bikes in plenty of time.  I needed to get fitted because the bikes were different than the ones I was training on.  I'm next to #61...my swim lane partner.  He is hard core.  We get to biking.  The music is good.  I'm into it.  I love it when the sweat drips off and onto the bike...I view it as evidence of hard work.  #61 is killing it.  Lots of pictures are taken. Everyone is curious about #61...his speed...his distance...he appears to be famous at this Gym.  Before I know it...the 30 minutes up and it is time for the run.

The Run
Looks like I'm a speed demon...but I'm not...and that is okay...

#61 is one of the guys to watch...people are continue to constantly check in on him and snapping his picture.  So yes...there were way more pictures of myself that I really didn't need to see.  #61 picks a treadmill.  I pick one next to him...and on the aisle...I like to be on the aisle for some reason.  They tell him the fastest run so far is 3.11 miles.  He is unsure.  I'm like...you got this. You can totally do it.  And then I laugh and say...how funny is it that the fastest and slowest ended up together.  We are back in race mode and in the zone.  The run starts.  I'm plugging along...no pain...it was great.  I got up to 4.7 mph by the end.  My goal was to run the entire 20 minutes...and I did.  No walking.  It was glorious.
 
 In the After
What I loved most about the event is that being slow didn't matter...you are still part of the action and celebration.  I have never experienced that before.  I'm always last..at the end...the race is over and shut down by the time I come in.  For this event...that wasn't the case.  I was just as worthy as everyone else.  That was a first!!  It was great to me in the middle of things...with everyone at their own level...working hard.  And...in case your were curious...#61 did win the event.  And in 2015...I'm giving strong consideration to doing more than one of these Indoor Tris...one in Fairfax, one in Columbia, one in Sterling, and one in Springfield.  It was that much fun...to train for...and complete.

My first fitness goal of 2014...Done!!

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