YMCA Winter Warmup Indoor Tri
This past weekend I participated in my first event of the year. It was an indoor triathlon at my local YMCA. The event called for a 500 yard swim, a 9 mile bike and a 3 mile run. The bike portion was on the Y’s spinning bikes and the run was supposed to be on the 1/13 mile track (39 laps. ouch). When I arrived they said the run could be done on the track, on a treadmill, or outside. I love curve balls race morning. I wasn’t prepared to run outside, so I chose the treadmill over the track.
I was feeling a little nervous for this event, so I kept a close eye on my BG levels. Before the swim I was at 158. Perfect. I ate my normal package of peanut butter crackers and I was ready to go. Swimming is not exactly my strength, so I was hoping for a sub-9:30. I got out of the water at 10:10. I was pretty shocked by this, because I pushed it pretty good. Some warning signs: The guy that was counting my laps had brought out a counter, but after lap 3 I noticed it wasn’t being used. After what I thought was lap 6, I heard them say, “that’s 5”. Hmmm. Interesting. Swimming is not exactly my strength and neither is counting laps, so I went with it. It wasn’t until I was on the bike thinking about my disappointing swim time that I realized I swam an extra lap. I’m almost positive. Oh, well. I got my money’s worth in the pool.
Next up was 9 miles on a spinning bike. I’ve never ridden a spinning bike, so I had to figure it out as I went. I figured my time on the bike to be around 17:50 (this time includes both transition times). Yeah, that’s pretty fast. I’ll chalk that up to the spinning bike.
I decided to test during transition 2 and tested a 190. A bit higher than I like to be, especially during a short event. In hind sight, I think the nerves and pushing it hard on the swim drove up my BG more than normal. I bolused 1.5 units and moved onto the treadmill (good move as I tested 185 after the finish).
I felt pretty sluggish starting on the run. Couple factors here. 1. I haven’t been doing many (ok, any) brick workouts, so that affected my transition from the bike to the run 2. Higher BG than normal and 3. It was a treadmill. I started out at a 10:00/mile pace and gradually cranked it up to around 7:00/mile at the end. Run time was 27:37.
Total time was 55:37. Not bad. Not great. While I’m a little disappointed with my swim time, whether I swam an extra lap or not, I do feel good that I swam 500 yards hard. Not long ago I didn’t think I could do that. I’ve proven other wise and can build on that for future races.
Next up – 15K trail race at Castlewood State Park!!