This is where I get to do my next triathlon. Isn’t it beautiful?
Last week, the local triathlon club put together a practice bike/run on the course.
Unfortunately, due to traffic and a detour, I was 15 minutes late. Both, the sprint tri and olympic tri groups had already left. I was pretty bummed that I would be missing my chance to check out the course.
Luckily, the people running the workout and the clock, noticed my late arrival, and said I could start right then and they would subtract 15 minutes from my overall time.
With that, I put on my bike shoes and took off on the bike. As you can see, the it’s a pretty decent climb in the beginning of the bike course:
I didn’t like that I had a late start compared to the rest of the group. I pedaled as hard and as fast as I could to try and catch up somewhat. Pretty quickly I came upon some other cyclists. And then a few more. Before long, I felt like I had caught up to what I thought was the middle of the sprint group pack. The downhill part of the bike course went by quickly. I had to keep a constant eye out for the entrance to the park that I had left from. I took off so fast in the beginning that I didn’t pay close attention to where I actually had started.
Finally, I made it back and had to shout out my number they gave me: 73! They were recording everyone’s splits.
Here I come on the bike!
My Garmin: 13.76 miles, 49:49, avg. 16.6 mph
Group Timer: 52:16 (I didn’t quite start when the told me to)
I knew I might lose some time in transitioning to the run because I had no idea where Brendan had parked. Luckily, I found him right away and we made our way to the car. I quickly threw everything in and put on my running shoes, the Saucony Virratas. Brendan said he would run the course with me.
While starting out on the run, I was also trying to switch the sport mode on my Garmin from biking to running. In doing so, I forgot to start the run timer. I realized this a little bit into the run.
Even though this was practice, the run course was marked perfectly with little flags. They must have known how easily I get lost on run courses and wanted to prevent it from happening. The course was almost completely on grass and trails, gaining a small amount of elevation in the first half. Either I ran part of the course wrong or it was long because after starting my watch late, my Garmin still showed us running a 5k distance. With the 80 degree temps, high humidity, and a tough “catching up” effort on the bike, my legs felt pretty tired on the run. I was happy with the practice effort and REALLY thirsty afterwards.
My Garmin: 3.10 miles, 25:28, 8:12 pace
Group Timer: 29:08
I was nervous all week about going to this practice because I thought I would be last and embarrass myself. I’m glad I decided to step out of my comfort zone and give it a try. I wasn’t last AND now have some practice under my belt for race day. The course was absolutely beautiful. It’s no wonder this race always sells out so quickly!
Oh, and before we left, we had to check out the lake, of course. Beautiful there too.
- Have you completed a triathlon? Or are training for one?
- Any experience with bike/run workouts?
- Do you get lost on run courses as easily as I do?