I Completed My First Triathlon! – Part 1, The Swim

love2eatinpa, 17 August 2010, 27 comments
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Thanks everyone for their input on my silly coffee dilemma! It was just one of those moments that as I was writing the post in all my crazy nervous frenzy, I just couldn’t figure out what to do. (And yes, I did end up bringing/making the same instant coffee I drink at home. I was going to try the Starbucks VIA as some of you suggested, but thought it would be best to stick with what my body was already used to.)

Anywho…. As you probably know, we built a long weekend around the race, at the Jersey shore. On Saturday we drove by the race sight on the way to the hotel when we first arrived in the area. My husband wanted to check out the parking situation and to give me an idea of where I would be swimming and just in general get the lay of the land. This is one of the many reasons I married this man!

I had reserved two rooms for the four of us at what turned out to be a glorified boarding house. Note to self – write truthful bad write-up on tripadvisor.com saying that this place sucked does not live up to it’s description. Suffice to say, though we basically just used the two small bedrooms connected by a tiny bathroom for sleeping and showering, we are hoping that we did not bring home any bedbugs. Enuf said.

I made sure I was at least horizontal by 9:00 pm the night before. We ended up deciding the best way for me to at least have a shot at sleeping was for me to sleep in the room with the queen bed, and for my over- 6′-tall husband, 10-yr old and 8-yr old sleep in the room with the two double beds. That way it would be most quiet for me and I wouldn’t wake anyone when I got up super early to make my coffee and do my final prep before the race. Thanks again, babe, for taking one for the team that night!

Sunday morning…. alarm set for 4:50 am. I didn’t sleep great, but not terrible either. I boiled water in my room’s microwave (had to unplug the air conditioner in order to do this) and had my coffee, which did not taste like it does at home, but oh well. It did help wake me up and get the job done of, ahem, cleaning out my system.

So on to the race…

I was definitely nervous. On Friday, I had worked on a tweaked swim technique of exhaling underwater out of my mouth, instead of just exhaling out of my nose as I was doing all through my training. I came to learn (thanks, Rita!) that one of the reasons I was gasping for air and having to stop during my training swims is that I wasn’t getting out all the carbon dioxide I was inhaling through my mouth. So I was excited/anxious to try this new technique, that I had only practiced once but found success with, in the race .

I was in the last wave of the swim (ladies age 40+ were last) and I was truly the last person into the bay. My plan was to let everyone go ahead so I could have some open water to swim in.

Well, turns out that it was low tide, so the bay was very shallow. So shallow that even me, at 5’3″ could WALK the entire way in waist-high water. So because a lot of people opted to do that, sort of clogging things up, it was quite hard to swim. So I only swam about 40% of the swim portion and walked about 60%. I had a dilemma – it was gross slogging through the water having no idea where I was putting each foot or knowing how far it was going to sink into the sand, and it was quite a workout on my thighs, which concerned me for the bike and run ahead; but if I swam around the pack, I would not be taking the shortest distance from point A to point B.

Here’s a pic of me coming out of the bay and miraculously, though I cropped them out, there were other participants behind me even though I was the last one in! (See how happy I look to be almost out of that bay! =) )

So I like to refer this as my first (and hopefully last) quadathlon, as it was a swim/bay walk – bike – run.

On the bright side, the distance didn’t seem quite so daunting, and my time of 8 mins, 32 seconds was much better than the 12-15 minutes I anticipated.

Part 2, the bike ride, to come on Wednesday or Thursday (I’m still playing catch-up from being away)…

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  1. Lisa
    17 August 2010, 10:18 pm

    Whoohoo. You look like one fit mama!!! What a success.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! thanks!

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  2. Rita @ The Giggly Bits
    17 August 2010, 10:22 pm

    The walking part is hilarious but yet kind of crappy too since you didn’t get to really see what you could do. Next time 😉 And look at your arms girl! Swimming is your friend, hot stuff coming through. Did I mention how much I like that suit too. (And you are very welcome)
    Rita @ The Giggly Bits´s last blog post ..Eating Mindfully

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    yes, the walking was definitely weird and unexpected. because i was most nervous about the swim, in a way it was good, but yes, it didn’t give me the chance to see what i could really do. and yes, you were sweet enough to mention that you liked the suit when i wore it for the duathlon, but thanks again! =)

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  3. Julie - Big Girl Bombshell
    17 August 2010, 11:04 pm

    YEAH!
    Julie – Big Girl Bombshell´s last blog post ..Walk a Mile in my Shoes

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, jules!!!

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  4. Karen
    18 August 2010, 8:17 am

    Congratulations! And here you are, already thinking about next time! Your hubby sounds wonderful.
    Karen´s last blog post ..Is “Diet” a Four Letter Word

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, karen! and yes, my hubby is wonderful. =)

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  5. Jody - Fit at 52
    18 August 2010, 8:30 am

    Honestly, you are amazing!!!!! One fit & hot mama!!!! Great family too!!! Support is so important!

    I cracked up at the coffee & the cleaning out the system. That is what is does for me too! 🙂

    HUGE HUGE congrats!!!!! What an accomplishment! I am in awe!
    Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog post ..Diets &amp Dieting

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    aw, jody, you are very sweet. i am fortunate to have the support of my family, mostly my husband of course cuz my kids are so young. he’s a great support with my ED recovery, as well as me shooting for my own goals. i am very lucky.

    gotta love coffee for it’s wonderful digestive system properties! lol!!

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  6. Lara (Thinspired)
    18 August 2010, 4:40 pm

    A million congratulations! I love the photo–even unable to see your face, it’s clear how happy you are 🙂
    Lara (Thinspired)´s last blog post ..Klassy

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, lara! you are good at reading body language. =)

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  7. Michelle@Eatingjourney
    18 August 2010, 8:18 pm

    I am so proud of you. Can’t wait to read the other parts. BTW you’re looking great! I always sturggle to sleep before races, I think it’s normal. 🙂
    Michelle@Eatingjourney´s last blog post ..Mirror Mirror…

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, mish! that’s what i’ve heard too, it’s normal to have trouble sleeping the night before a race. they say it’s night before, ‘the night before’ that is the important night to get sleep.

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  8. amanda
    18 August 2010, 10:06 pm

    I agree, you look awesome!! I hope that when I am your age I will look just as hot. 🙂 I can’t wait to hear how the rest of the race went.
    Anyway, my suggestion if you don’t already do so, is to check out hotels on expedia.com, google maps, and also traveladvisor.com. This has allowed me to get 3 sites views on the rooms before I stay there. I know this has helped many times while I was in Europe (since Europe hotels are not up to the same standards as American hotels for whatever reason).
    amanda´s last blog post ..Clothing Swaps

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, amanda! boy, i feel ancient! lol!!!
    great suggestion! you know, i was so focused on finding two adjoining rooms at a low price in a good location that i didn’t think to seriously check into the place other than look at it on it’s website. lesson learned! i will definitely take your suggestion the next time, thanks!!

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  9. David Hussey @ triathlon training
    19 August 2010, 9:38 am

    Congratulation! Very good effort for swimming. I think first triathlon training routines can be very stressful. I am more enthused after reading your blog post.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks! i followed a sprint training plan from runnersworld.com. i tweaked it a bit in that i didn’t work out six days a week; i worked out four days and they were all bricks. i think that probably really helped with the run.
    thanks for stopping by, david!

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  10. Cammy@TippyToeDiet
    19 August 2010, 1:06 pm

    Eager for the rest of the news! And super impressed by your awesome arms!

    Congrats on achieving your goal!
    Cammy@TippyToeDiet´s last blog post ..Post Party Syndrome

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! thanks, cammy!

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  11. Katie @ Health for the Whole Self
    19 August 2010, 3:16 pm

    WOO HOO!!! You totally rock! Even if the swim portion wasn’t exactly what you were expecting!
    Katie @ Health for the Whole Self´s last blog post ..What Do I REALLY Need

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, katie!!

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    thanks for the heads-up, that is sweet of you. sadly, i have no clue how to fix that :~(

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