No weekly workout post for me this week, because I just returned from vacation. Flew in on the red-eye flight from Honolulu to Detroit Friday night/Saturday morning to be exact! Yep, 6 hours lost on my Friday night (time zone change). It was an 8 hour flight. 6 hour time change is a lot!! I thought I’d try to stay up on Saturday morning so I could get back into my sleep rhythm easier, but I ended up coming home and crawling straight into bed. Saturday was a blur.
With vacation last week I did end up with a few miles though: 27 running, 25 biking.
Fast forward to today (Sunday) and my husband and I had a big race on our calendar… the Sylvania Triathlon! This event has been held for 39 years. I’ve only participated once before, and that was last year for the Sprint Triathlon. I was happy with my performance last year, so at the encouragement of my husband, we both signed up for the Olympic distance this year. What I didn’t realize, because I was blocking it from my mind, was that the Sprint was a 400m swim, but the Olympic was a 1600m swim (!!).
While I have been swimming a bit in my pool the past month, and trying to get my stamina up, I went on vacation for 17 days and no real swim training was done. Or biking. So I went into the race a bit underprepared, but what I was prepared for was the swim to be my weakest sport. And it delivered!! Man, oh man, I was pretty bad in the swim. My friends (trained swimmers) were completing it in 30 mins, I finished in 42 mins. Yep, I think I was almost the last one out of the water for the whole triathlon. I felt like I hadn’t trained one bit when I started swimming, so I just did the breast stroke the majority of the time. Pokey. Everyone passed me.
Moving on to the bike portion. 25 miles. I did fairly well, but I’m certainly not fast there either, so I got almost 16 mph average. Not stellar. I was wondering where everyone was by this point!
I thought I’d really catch up in the run. 6 miles. Uh, no. I mean I did pass a few people just because they were slow, but there weren’t a lot of people out there at that point. After my first two miles, it turned into a run/walk situation because I was just A) exhausted B) hot! Phew!!! So my average pace for the 6 miles was around 10 mins miles. Quite a bit slower than I had hoped. Total triathlon time: 3 hrs 20 mins.
This was my husband’s first triathlon and he ended up being quite happy with his event. His swim went better than he thought (38 mins) and he cruised on the bike. His run was a bit slower than he hoped, but still, it was solid. He finished in 2:57. Well done!!
After the race we hung out and had a drink and burger to refuel. They started with the awards ceremony and we cheered on some friends who had won awards.
As we were leaving, they just happened to be doing my age group, and you know what? They announced my name as 3rd place winner in my age group!!! What the what?? I was honestly on the verge of shedding some tears because I was bummed about my race. This changed my day for sure! I had no idea because the results page wasn’t working at the time. Look at the shocked look on my face as I ran up to grab my award. No time to even put my beer down! LOL!
Hours after the race, the results page finally worked. Oh guess what? I was the third out of three people in my age group. That kind of puts a slight damper on my excitement because I could have crawled to the finish and I still would have got 3rd place. But on the other hand, you never know how many people will show up in your age group, so really there could have been someone slower than me if more people were there. Eh, it could go either way.
I really didn’t catch a love of swimming yet, or really enjoy the longer swimming distance of this race, so I don’t think I’ll be trying another Olympic distance race again, unless I had a more formal training plan for the swimming or even getting some swim lessons. And, improving my cycling speed, if that’s a thing. (I guess that’s called “training more” haha) But overall I do really like the Sylvania Triathlon because there are so many things going on – Duathlons, Triathlons and even Aquabike. Aquabike is swimming 1600m and cycling 25 miles with no running. Even with all of that stuff going on, I think this is one of the best managed events around! Kudos to the race director.
So for now I will display my trophy proudly because I finished it, and didn’t drown. Wasn’t that really my goal anyways? 🙂
Q: Have you ever heard of the Aquabike event?
This is a newer event for the race. I guess some people don’t like to run?? Crazy! 😉
Q: Have you ever won an award like my situation? Did it change your outlook on your event?