It’s getting real

We are one week away from the big Triathlon race.  My first one, so to me it’s big even though I’m only doing the sprint.  One of the best decisions a new comer can make is to sign up for a pre-race clinic.  It’s sponsored by the USA Triathlon org, and so necessary!  I was able to swim the course and run the course.  Then they talked about transitioning.  The online transitioning information is very useful, at the clinic,  the organizers go through what is applicable for this race.  The important take-aways that I didn’t get from anything online:  Get elastic shoe laces, purchase a belt (for your number during the run), you can bring your bike the night before and most importantly you can be disqualified for drafting (didn’t know what that was).  Apparently you need to be three bike lengths behind someone and you can’t have anyone to your side.  If you pass you have to do it in 15 seconds!

Another revelation is that despite training all summer in the pool and having previously swam in a lake, you can still panic!  The guy talked about panic for about 15 minutes, and in my head I was thinking, why would you panic if you signed up for this?  You probably know what you are getting in to, right?   Well, when you train, you might not be doing it with anyone.  So when you add “race” and start from zero to full throttle, your body does freak out!  I started out fast, which I never do during practice.  The key is to stick with the pace you trained for.  I felt like I couldn’t get a breath in and my chest was really tight.  I had to swim to the side where I could touch bottom and catch my breath.  The lake is about 17 feet deep and the water is murky, yellow-green.  You can’t see anything with goggles, even though you need them.

lake

We didn’t get to do the bike path because it will be on the regular road and there was no police to help facilitate the race.  But we did get to see the path…

racemap

On the run, I had another discovery.  I really like running by myself.  And I wear a fitness device that tracks your heart rate.  I like to keep it in the intermediate zone.  On this run, I was in the red zone 66% of the time, which means I really pushed myself.  Whenever you hear someone behind you, it feels like they are closing in.  For me, a little thing goes off in the brain that says, keep moving don’t give up your position!  I don’t like that, but it’s a good thing to keep you motivated to push yourself.

Running under power lines is not pretty and it’s scary.  You hear the crackling of the lines (like static).  The trail starts with the power lines, then moves into some really pretty scenery.  You see beautiful houses with boat docks and nice landscaping…need to get a picture of that!

runtrail

It was fun training over the summer for  this event.  I think I’m prepared and I’m excited! With events like this you meet people and make discoveries.  A lady told me about 288 Lake which is a spring fed lake and it’s clear (who would have though there is such a place in Houston!)  Lake Houston, Livingston and Conroe are all murky brown lakes.  And Galveston is also very brown.  I will definitely need to check that out!  The 288 lake has SUP (stand up paddle boarding), even yoga on the paddle board, kayaking, swimming (of course) and scuba diving.

 

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It’s getting real

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