I did the Lake Sammamish Triathlon today. It was my first triathlon and it was pretty fun! I struggled a little on the swim, I felt like the current was fighting against me the whole time. But the distance itself wasn’t a problem. The water was warm, 74 degrees. Considering it was only 58 degrees outside, the water actually felt nice for 7am! I finished the 1/4 mile swim in 12:52, a little over 2 minutes faster than I had ever done it while training!
As I went into T1, my legs felt like jello! I thought I was going to be a lot colder than I was, but the swim warmed me up well. I did the transition in 2 minutes and 45 seconds.
Then I ran out and started the ride. This is a route that is often part of larger rides I do in the area. At one point I felt a little sick after a small hill so I slowed down a little. One problem is that I was finding it difficult to take the time to eat anything. I had 1 shot block for the whole event. I finished the ride in 55:19, averaging 15.7mph for 14.5 miles.
Then I got to T2, Switched my socks and shoes. I’m glad I brought extra socks because it had been raining and my feet were soaked by the end of the ride. I threw on a T shirt, but decided to just run in my cycling shorts, which were actually comfortable. I did my second transition in 1 minute and 54 seconds.
The run felt pretty rough for the first half. I felt really short of breath. But after that, I found my stride and felt good. This one lady and I took turns on pacing each other, by accident. It was funny because she thanked me for the good pace at the end :) I ran 3.2 miles in 34:49.
I finished the whole thing in 1:47:40. I had been thinking I could do it in 1:45, so I was pretty close!
My sister and husband were there cheering me on, which made me really happy, and my husband got all these awesome photos for me!
I’m pretty wiped right now from the whole event. I had been thinking about signing up for this half ironman as part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, but I’m not sure if I’m up for all the training. It would be in the spring, which is kind of soon. I’ve always admired Ironman athletes so it appeals to me to try. I would definitely need swim lessons and to work on that part. So, we’ll see.