Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Prepping for my first Triathlon

I am getting ready for Race #2 in my Race Trifecta this weekend.
I will be heading home to my parent's place in Niagara tomorrow night to spend some quality time with my Fam and my favourite girlfriends. I am also signed up for the Welland Triathlon on Saturday! Yeah initially I had plan to do the Try-Tri, but when I received my registration confirmation I was signed up the full distance. So I took it as a sign from the universe, and just went with it. This is going to be my very first Triathlon! Nothing like just jumping in with both feet right?!

I hope the swim is not actually like this...

Okay but seriously... I have spent the last week prepping for this new adventure. I am excited. I am nervous. And I think I am kind of sort of ready. I am not exactly sure what to expect time-wise though? Thoughts triathlon buddies? I am hoping for somewhere between 2:00-2:30-ish? Is that realistic for my first one with transitions?!
The distances for Satruday's Race are:
*750 meter Swim
*30km Bike
*7.5km Run

After my great bike debate, and a few training rides outside with Betsy (my trusty mountain bike), I have realized that a road bike is a very necessary. So luckily for me Christina had a perfectly good Road Bike sitting her basement just begging to be ridden. Christina and I am pretty close to the same size and dimensions so her bike ended up being the perfect fit! And she has graciously offered to loan it to me for summer.
I gotta admit putting on my Tri-Suit and riding my snazzy new Road Bike had made me feel pretty hardcore! (**I will definitely be keeping eyes peeled for a used Road Bike for next season. If you have any hookups let me know!**) I think I need to get myself one of these. They are so much faster and lighter than what I had been riding - and now I can definitely see what everyone was talking about.

There are lots of little odds and ends that go into Triathlon racing and prep. I have been slowly getting all of my gear together...

  • Race Number Belt
  • Helmet (not pictured)
  • Speed Laces on my Triathlon Race Shoes - Mizuno Musha
  • Swim Cap
  • Goggles
  • Towel x2
  • Clif Bar Shots x2
  • Ipod (probably just to keep me going on the run)
  • Polar RC3
Am I missing anything?! Any last minute Triathlon tips for me?

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,