Here it is – my race recap that I sent to my coach – getting this out unpolished otherwise it won’t ever get done. Some bad words are used and punctuation and spell check not included. Read at your own risk 🙂
Writing a blog for Garmin – thought I’d share it here too 🙂
Title: What I wish I’d known when I started triathlon
Well I’ve been participating and coaching triathlon for 15 years and there is STILL lots I’m learning – but I tell you one of the best things I’ve learned is to keep your sense of humor. Triathlon will throw all kinds of things at you – but each time you navigate a curve ball, you’re a little better for it (and you collect great war stories to hash over with other athletes which is half the fun of this sport!) My husband’s first race he wore his helmet backwards – and not just on the bike #run #helmet. That’s still one of my favorite stories.
Getting started in triathlon can be intimidating sometimes – and, of course, I wanted to know the nitty gritty how-tos of doing my first triathlon (next blog!), but there are some things I wish I’d known that would have helped me feel more at home trying to figure it all out.
You have every right to be there – and if you need help, ask. Most triathletes are super nice.
Although sometimes it feels like it, not everyone around you has ‘mastered’ the sport of triathlon – far from it! Even those big tough athletes with popeye arms and calves the circumference of your thigh don’t have magic knowledge of triathlon (trust me, I coach some of ‘em. yikes!)….if they growl at you, just pat them on the head 🙂
Set small achievable goals – learning comes in stages so allow for this. Set yourself up for success (it’s more fun and typically more productive).
Consistency, not perfection, with training – perfection is the enemy. It’s easy to get into all or nothing thinking: If I don’t have time to do my whole workout, I’m not going to do any of it. Or, I’ve missed 2 workouts this week so I’ll just blow the rest of this week off and start next week. Consistency, not perfection, is a much more productive (and practical) way to approach training – you’d be surprised at how much progress you can make with consistent training.
Be a student of the sport – Fitness is developed over years. The cool thing is this means we can all keep getting better (if you don’t think so, I coach a studette (lady stud) who is in her 60s and has set PRs in every race she’s done in 2016!). The frustrating part for some is this requires a long term approach to developing your best athletic self…..so head down, bum up! Your most studly years await!!
Last, remember you’re inspiring others. You never know when you might be someone’s “if s/he can do it, so can I”…keep that smile on and encourage someone else. It will make you both feel better!
Stay tuned next time for more specifics on the swim/bike/run.
A very raw report of the race – a few bad words (you’ve been warned) and not poetically written – just my brain on paper after 123 miles 🙂
To set the stage for this race – IM didn’t have a bike course until ~a few weeks before the race…and that course got flooded out by rain in Houston. IM miraculously still managed to put together yet another course but it was only 94 miles (rather than 112). THEN the lake we were to swim in failed to meet quality standards (raise yer hand if yer thinking what I’m thinking about ‘Texas quality standards’…) – so they had to alter the swim course (we still swam in the same lake….see run report for details on how that worked out #poopyerpants). The altered swim course meant we added another mile back to the bike – so now at 95 miles! All was well and good – until the hail storm on the run which forced them to (kind of) temporarily shut down the course….some of us kept running (there’s nothing temporary about stopping w/ 4 miles left in an IM #permanent #wheresthebeer).
ok – before i forget – thoughts in most basic form (punctuation not included):
leading up to the race i was actually pretty relaxed – i started to get nervous going to bed the night before and the morning of ….and then as we lined up for the swim i was about to come unhinged 🙂
what a freaking day!
A lot of you have heard me say your kick can’t “make your swim stroke but it can break it”. What this means is if you DO have a functional kick it won’t be your primary source of power for a triathlon swim (kicking takes a lot of energy and will make your heart and breath rate go UP. Instead, you need a good body position and a strong pull as your primary mover). However, if you have a non-functional kick, it can really mess up the rest of your stroke. …..your reward for developing a good triathlon-swim kick isn’t necessarily massive propulsion but it is definitely less drag. Less drag = faster & less work. My point? Part of a good kick is ankle flexibility – which a lot of us don’t have (runners particularly). Specifically, you need to be able to POINT YOUR TOES. Here is a good video about how to work on that – an easy thing to work on in and out of season and although it may be slow to come around, it will make a huge difference in your kick.
Sport, Spine physical therapy got an Alter G treadmill last week! Anti gravity – this magical device allows people to run with anywhere from roughly 10-80% of their body weight supported.
These treadmills are fantastic for injury prevention, rehab and improved performance. Being able to walk/run without having to support your entire body weight can help people start moving sooner after surgery or when rehabbing an injury. For runners they’re a great way to get in miles and intensity without the pounding on the joints. The month of July Sport, Spine will be letting people come in and give them a try – best way to find out about this is to find Sport, Spine PT on facebook where do their promos or contact at http://sportspinekc.com/