Sprint Triathlon Training : The Final Countdown
Tomorrow will officially be 25 days until my triathlon. I can't believe I'm in the final month of training and will soon be heading off to swim, bike, and run my way through my first triathlon.
I'll be honest and say I thought I would feel more prepared than I do at this point. I thought I would come to a month out and be working on reigning in my times. When in reality, I'm still trying to grow the strength to hurtle through all three events. I knew this would not be easy but I did think my body would take it on better than it has. With that said, I thought I would be fighting the heat index and not the rainfall of the Amazon. So my training schedule has gotten a bit off.
Not being exactly where I want to be, I want to talk goals. When I started training I had managed to get my time around the 1:45 to 1:50 range for the entire race. With a couple of month's training, I'm sitting somewhere more at 1:30 to 1:45. Originally I wanted to be a lot closer to the hour mark but realistically, that's just not going to happen. The goal now is to come in at 1:30 minutes. Which, I'm okay with. I have to constantly remind myself that this is the first time I've ever attempted something like this. I don't naturally have the athlete mindset, so I'm having to learn a whole new world of things.
There are things I am worried about, transitions being the main ones. I have been lucky enough to practice T1 from water to bike a few times. I'm a lot more comfortable with that transition than I thought. The main focus is to get my feet as dry as possible because wet socks suck. T2 is a little bit where I get the most anxious. The motion from biking to running always, always locks up my calf muscles. Running is the weak link in my race, so having my calves lock up would not be ideal.
If there is anything I've learned through this it's that I'm competitive. While the goal is to just finish because it's my first triathlon, deep down, that's not good enough. I want to beat myself, I want to beat my best times. I never understood that about runners but it's a concept I've become very familiar with now. Somehow through the 101-degree bike rides, runs in the rain and endless amount of chlorine, I'm dying for the day to get here. Not because I want it to be over but because I'm ready to push myself in a way I've never done before. Which sounds crazy coming out of my mouth because I never in my life thought I would feel the way I do. However don't get too shocked. I still hate running with a passion, I just really like biking and swimming.
This is the final countdown. We're almost to race day. I'm nervous, excited, and almost ready.
Let me know down below, what are you looking forward to in the next month? What goal are you trying to reach?