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2013-07-01 9:10 AM

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Hey folks!

I just wanted to give a huge thanks to the BT site and BT community for answering questing, listening, and offering support throughout this passed year of training to finish my first sprint tri yesterday !!!!

My time was ~1h51m. I had the pre-race jitters to the extreme. I wasn't able to eat before the race and I was somewhat freaking out over the whole experience. I was so nervous/anxious about the whole thing I had the worst breathing during the swim - I got out of the water and my legs were shaking. My heart felt like it was racing the entire time. Only until mile 2 of the run did I start feeling relaxed. I was so thirsty out of the water and also was hungry by mile 5 of the bike. Additionally, all week leading up to the race I had been trying to get over a head cold. I don't think I would have been able to participate had my sinus still be clogged with a fever.

Even with all of that, the segments were pretty much typical of my training times except my swim, but of course the pool does not equal the open water. Swimming with a group of people didn't bother me so much. I swam over people as much as others swam over me. I also had no sighting experience so I kept swimming left and going off course.

I almost landed in the bushes on the other side of the street trying to make a turn on the bike segment because I was going too fast. I was laughing so hard about that on the bike. I never really practiced fast turns.

I had a knee injury in Feburary that set me back 10 weeks of training. It was really upsetting at the time to think I wouldn't be able to do a race during the summer, but was extremely more upsetting to think I could never ski again. So, I really just stopped pushing myself so much and to back off at any sense of pain. Maybe I've been too easy but I rather be healthy for my husband and kids and continue having fun participating in the sport then have an injury that is permanent.


Overall I have mixed feelings about the race. On one hand I was thinking "why am I doing this - I'm dieing" most of the way, but on the other I'm excited for my Oly at the end of the summer. I think with more practice the anxiety will go away and I'll just be able to relax and enjoy the race.

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2013-07-01 10:15 AM
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Congratulations on finishing your first triathlon!
2013-07-01 10:32 AM
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Nice job getting it done! I also had knee injury back in the beginning of the year. It was a very difficult time for me. Mine had improved enough to get trained up for my first sprint (this Sunday) but is still giving me some trouble. I too am super anxious!
2013-07-01 10:35 AM
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Congratulations!  Good job for your first triathlon.  Good luck training for your Oly.

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2013-07-01 10:41 AM
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Sincere congratulations, LPJmom! I hope to able to make a similar claim in September. If you don't mind my asking, what was the one thing that surprised you the most or that you weren't anticipating in your first event? Thanks and good luck with your Oly!


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Congratulations LPJmom, you're now officially a crazy triathlete, just like a bunch of us here on BT

Good luck with the Oly training and race.


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Originally posted by wartho

Congratulations... you're now officially a crazy triathlete


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2013-07-01 8:22 PM
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Originally posted by kalish

Sincere congratulations, LPJmom! I hope to able to make a similar claim in September. If you don't mind my asking, what was the one thing that surprised you the most or that you weren't anticipating in your first event? Thanks and good luck with your Oly!



1- I was way more nervous about it then I thought I would be.The level of anxiety I experienced was worse then any of my 3 pregnancies & birth, having gallbladder surgey, and a biopsy/lumpectomy put together. I don't know why it was so extreme as I've never experienced anything like that, but I'm sure the next race will be better. I'm hoping my hubby and kids will come and watch too.

2- I was expecting more comraderie between racers. The staff was polite and courteous but the racers that I had any interaction with were rather curt. I'm sure people were simply in their zone, thinking about the race etc... and afterwards people were too tired. I guess I expected it to be more like BT.

3- in terms of racing the segments, It was much harder to sight while swimming then I thought. Otherwise the swim/bike/run went as expected.

4- oh, and I got really thirsty. I don't know why I was feeling so dehydrated as I didn't do anything different then I normally do with training, but it is what it is. I hope that doesn't happen next race.
2013-07-02 8:49 AM
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Congrates on completing your first Triathlon, now onward and upwards .
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