Happy Race Week!
That’s right, it’s race week for me, and it’s not a usual race week. It’s the week of my first triathlon!!
Five years ago, shortly after running my first half marathon, I came across a sport that I didn’t know about before. By accident, I stumble across the ITU World Triathlon. I went shopping in town and saw that there were a lot of people in front of the town hall. It was the elite women’s race I saw that day, and I was hooked.
Shortly after, at the 2008 Olympic Games, this fellow german won the gold medal. A new triathlon addict was born.
It’s almost race week for this guy, too. See you in two weeks, buddy!
I waited five years for my first triathlon. Between then and now, there were lots of savings involved. Finally, I joined a triathlon club and had enough money to buy a road bike.
During the first couple of weeks this year, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t do a triathlon this year. I just didn’t feel ready for it.
However, when I started swim training last October, I could only swim the crawl for 10 m. Not even a half-year later, I swam 2,8 km in an hour.
Yesterday, I did my longest bike tour ever, 75 km in 2,5 hours.
Furthermore, I just finished my first half in under two hours and I am training for my first marathon.
How could I not be ready for my first triathlon? A sprint triathlon is only a 500 m swim, followed by a 20 km bike ride and 5 km run. Easy, sure. Still, just to sign up was a challenge for me.
I am nervous and excited. Only 5 days until I can call myself a triathlete!
Have you done a triathlon? Any tips for a newbie?