20 days until the Triathlon.
Yesterday, I went on my first big ride with the Team In Training Group. I rode 22 miles in about 3 hours, with lots and lots of hills on the ride. It was very difficult and I wanted to give up a few times (only in my head, never out loud), but we were on open roads and I had no way to get back to my car so I was stuck. After the race, I found out that if you are not finished with the bike portion of the race by 10:30, they pull you from the course and you are disqualified. I knew they opened the streets to traffic at 10:30, but I just thought you would ride with the cars. The first part of the triathlon is the swim (9/10 mile), then you jump on your bikes (25 miles) and then come back for the run (6.2 miles). If I start my swim at 7:30, I'll finish at about 8:30ish. I will then have 2 hours to complete the bike ride. I don't know if I can do it in 2 hours. One of the coaches told me I could defer my race entry until next year and then just train really hard until then. But I don't want to wait. I've been working so hard on this and I want to at least try. I would feel like a quitter if I didn't at least try and get as far as I can in the race. Maybe even cross the finish line!!
Tonight, I have an open swim. There will be lots and lots of swimming, riding and running to do over the next 3 weeks.
Based on the recommendation of the Sista Of The Week, @GretaBlau (Congrats, congrats!!!), I'm going to do a bike ride every other day. I'm going to do some long rides, but also do some work on the hills. We've got some big ones right around our apartment building so I can do it after the Munchkin goes to bed and not have to worry about riding at night and cars.
I am totally freaked out about the Triathlon, but still going to give it my all (and then some). We're going to Maine in October so I'll just keep thinking about the trip as my reward for all my hard work!
My fitness goals are pretty consistent until the Triathlon:
1. Early morning run at least 2 or 3 days.
2. Eat more protein and complex carbohydrates.
3. Drink lots of water. It's hot out there!
4. Do 1 brick. Bike ride for at least 2 hours and then run/walk for 3 miles.
For those who don't know, this is my first high endurance event. I'm doing it as a member of Team In Training and raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I've had 3 very close family members die from blood cancers so this is very personal for me. I would never try to attempt a Triathlon as my first event if I weren't doing it for charity.
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