Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Can I Get That to Go?

Monday night I went into Vancouver to meet up with some of my teammates from Team in Training. We chatted about the race and had some sushi. Then it was time to get our bikes ready for the flight. Doesn't this look like a bike to you?

So that's it! Now to pack everything else.  4 sleeps to race day!

Monday, March 9, 2015

How Do You Meaure Success?

I did it! I completed my first race. It was a sprint distance so about half the distance of an Olympic distance (which is what I am signed up for in Hawaii). It consisted of a 700 m swim, 20 km bike, and a 5 km run.

How did it go you ask? Here are the official times:


Looking at the numbers it might be hard to tell how the race actually went. Each one tells a bit of the story.

Looking at my overall place - 203 out of 208 competitors is the first number. During the race I got passed. A lot. I passed one person on the downhill portion of the bike but the next time I looked around that person was ahead of me again. So, I kinda thought I would be in last place overall. Nope! So that is a success for me. Not last.

Let's talk about each event individually. First was the swim. The part I have been working the hardest on and the part I felt most nervous about. Ward also raced so the organizer put me in his heat and informed me I should just go to the back of the group.  No problem. It was my first time in a 50m pool and it actually felt pretty good. Overall the swim was slow. I was by far the last one out of the pool. In fact a few of the people in the next heat (which was made up of the fastest group) passed me. Luckily I am used to getting passed from Masters Swimming. :)

Transition was good, no problems, just took my time and got ready.

On to the bike. Would it surprise you to know this was the first time I had really ridden my bike on the road? I went around the cul-de-sac a few times but this was my first real ride.  UBC is great for that since the bike course is closed. It was a two lap course and I even saw Ward on the course. It took a little getting used to the gears though and I really need to go out again. Another thing I realized is that I was not totally comfortable. I did not drink any water or look at my watch. I will need to do that in Hawaii as the weather is just a bit hotter! I was talking to some of my swim group today and they mentioned that they will stop their bikes to take a drink.  Always an option! The big thing about Hawaii is that part of the course is not closed. It runs along the highway. The rule is that if you cross the white line you are disqualified. Something to watch for!

Transition two was also good. I was freezing at this point. The ride was in the shade and my tri-suit is sleeveless. I had some trouble tying my runners!

By the time I got to the run my legs were not happy with me. It did not feel good to run. The course runs along the sidewalk though and was very narrow (both directions on the same sidewalk). The fact that it was so narrow and that it was only 5 km kept me moving. I kept telling myself there is no way you are walking on a 5 km run! I did take a couple 10 second walk breaks but I mostly kept running.

Then the finish! Hooray! I was so glad to be done and Ward treated me to a Triple O bacon cheeseburger on the way home which was soooo good!

Anyway, back to the title of this blog. Some people might look at my numbers and just see how slow I was. I look at it and see how far I have come. The fact that I was able to finish despite the fact that I basically spent 6 weeks on the couch makes me happy. When I started swimming in September I could barely swim 25 m. Saturday I swam 700 m without much rest and then today I swam for over an hour no problem. I feel good about that and I feel great about the race.

Of course now that it is behind me I am thinking - oh, if I would have went faster at transitions and a little faster on the bike I could have been close to under 2 hours. Ha ha, that's the way it goes!

Friday, March 6, 2015


OK, it's been quiet on the blog front for awhile. I didn't want to post until I was absolutely sure. So, here are a couple pictures to give you a hint as to what I am going to say.

What do you think? Pretty fancy suit. Also, I was pretty impressed at how much the flavour selection has changed for gels in the last *cough cough* 10 years. Yeah, it's been a while since I have done anything that warranted a gel.

Oh, yeah I was going to mention - I am racing the UBC sprint triathlon tomorrow. Yup, tomorrow. I feel slightly nauseous typing that out but it's true. I don't know if I put this out there before but the plan was to participate in UBC in order to experience transition (and actually ride my bike on the road) before the big race.

What, you ask, does it mean that I am going ahead with the race? Well, I have the OK from my family doctor to attempt the race in Waikoloa. So it looks like I am racing!

I have been on minimal training since being sick so we will see how tomorrow goes. My biggest concern is the swim. I was informed last night that there is a 28 minute time limit for the 750 m swim and that has me concerned. Oh well, even if I get yanked out of the pool I will still be allowed to finish, I just won't get a result (sounds terrible). I will be wearing a watch so hopefully I can make the time.

That's all for now, I will update next week.