Lifetime Fitness has been putting on these triathlons nationwide for a few years. Last year I didn't sign up in time, so this year I made sure that I registered early. Here is how the triathlon works: the swim is 10 minutes long. You swim with one other person in your lane and a volunteer counts your laps. When the the time is up, you have 10 minutes to change clothes and head upstairs for the bike portion. You get 30 minutes to ride on the spin bikes, and a volunteer logs your total mileage. Finally you have 5 minutes to transition to the treadmills (which are literally 20 yards away), and you get 20 minutes to run as far as you can on the 'mill; distance is also logged by a volunteer. Results are calculated by assigning point values based on who goes the furthest distance in each of the three sports, with 100 points going to this person and lower points assigned to everyone else. Pretty cool concept!
So, about that triathlon training that I mentioned in the first paragraph... I really haven't been training for a triathlon. That's no secret if you're following my blog. Swimming once every two weeks, and hopping on the bike once in the past few months... yeah, that's not really training. I figured I'd rely on muscle memory and hope for the best! Of course, I always set goals. My three goals were: 600+ yards on the swim, 9+ miles on the bike, and 2.5+ miles on the run. Spoiler alert: I did achieve all three :)
My friend Allison and I signed up for the race together, and we were assigned to the same "wave", meaning we got to do all three sections together. We split the lane for the swim, and cycled and ran side-by-side. It was her first-ever triathlon and she did amazing!!! Truly, doing the tri with her was the best part. She picked me up and we got to the gym at around 7 AM so that we could get our bearings, as neither of us belongs to Lifetime, and also figure out our bike settings ahead of time. A few friends were in the 7:40 AM wave, and a few others in the 8:00 AM wave with us, so we had plenty of people to chat with while we waited.
|Pre-race selfie in the swanky locker room!|
|The calm before the storm...|
|Blurry me :)|
|Before the bike section started... being silly with Tracey and Allison!|
|Hating life, for sure!|
|Me tri-ing my hardest!|
|Honestly not sure when we took this but I love the pic!|
|Allison was having waaaay too much fun lol!|
|SO happy to be finished!|
The results for the race won't be available till Tuesday, so I will update with them later :)
|Awesome MRTT mamas tri-ing it!|
|My partner in crime--love her!|
|Couldn't get this pic to insert in the run section, but I love it too much not to add it in!|