I know I've mentioned it, but I haven't talked much about the sprint triathlon I'm doing next weekend. Yikes! It's been almost 3 years since my last (and first) sprint triathlon. Here are my thoughts with 1 week to go.
1. Even though this is a shorter sprint tri than my last one, I am much better trained this time. I have been swimming and running twice a week and biking once a week pretty regularly. I can easily do each of the individual sport distances, and I've done two brick workouts with a bike followed by run. I survived them both!
2. I really don't understand why USA Triathlon does not allow headphones. I get not having headphones on while biking, but I always wear headphones during 5Ks so I don't understand why I can't during the running leg of a tri. I know it's not a big deal but the music really calms me down mentally and I need that during the run which is definitely the hardest part for me.
3. Even though I feel confident I can take on the distance, triathlons are always stressful because there is so much stuff to remember. I made myself a new checklist for this race and I've included it a the end of this post in case you are thinking of doing a tri :)
4. This week I need to pick up my bike (it's getting tuned up), buy a new bike water bottle and a running belt, go swimming with my tri suit on, run one more time and probably bike one more time (maybe). I'm taking Friday and Saturday off from working out.
5. My goals for this race are: finish, get a great picture of me and my friends as triathletes, and remember to unclip from my pedals before leaving my bike. Yes, aiming high as usual. I'm not going to be beating any records and there is no point in trying to beat my own since my last tri was longer in all 3 sections. Well, what I mean is, I will beat myself without putting in much effort at all. Wahoo! I'm doing the race with two friends from work who have never done a triathlon. I'm psyched to get others to love this as much as I do. I hope!
6. Speaking of hope, I hope I do another triathlon this season- possibly in the late summer or early fall. Caroline, are you in?
Have you ever done a triathlon? Would you? What do you think would be the hardest part for you?
Things to Bring To Tri:
Before- Don't Forget to:
-pump bike tires
-pack all this stuff
-put on trisuit
Swim -goggles-towel-swim cap
Bike-bike-helmet-water bottle *need to get a new one
-long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt depending on weather
Run -running belt *need to get a new one