10 days til my first "real" triathlon, the Minneapolis Triathlon Wow. I feel like it's been creeping up on me ninja style and today I realized that its just around the corner! This summer seems to have flown by already, where has it gone?
Anyways, here is my gut reaction to my first Triathlon:
1. Please be cool enough that I can use a wetsuit. Yes I know it's cheating (sort of) but I can use whatever I can get in the water to help me. Tomorrow I am doing another OWS at Lake Nokomis, but sans wet suit so I can practice not having one on just in case it is too warm.
2. Don't freak out in the water. DON'T. FREAK. OUT. That is a problem for me, I freak out and lose all rhythm and panic. The OWS has been a great idea to do, and I am glad I will have some experience in the water before race day. Experience is a good thing. I just have fears of it looking like this:
|How do you swim in all that?|
4. Figure out what to put in my transition bag. After reading several great blogs out there and other Tri articles, I know some items I should have in there (shoes, water bottle, sunglasses, helmet, Gu Chomps, Powerbar, socks, hat, towel, flip-flops) Any other advice?
5. No matter what, HAVE FUN! I am in it to finish it, not to win it! If anything that will be my mantra. Finish, Finish, FINISH! Plus look at the sweet medals they are giving out:
I haven't trained as much as I have wanted (injuries suck) but I have really worked hard at the swimming. The Beginner's Master's Swim has been a great class that has helped me a lot, and I will continue to take it and maybe be a real swimmer some day.
I have at least ran the course, and biked half of the bike part. I hope to do the whole thing this weekend so I wont be surprised come race day.
I think this is going to be fun, and despite my nervousness with the swim, I know I can do it. In 2009 I never would have thought I could run, but I did, and look at me now, 2 half-marathons and 1 marathon later I have done it! Watch out triathlon, you are on my hit list!
Any ideas/suggestions for my upcoming race from the vets would be awesome!