Triathlon, Part 2, the Bike

love2eatinpa, 19 August 2010, 14 comments
Categories: recovery, Triathlon training
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Continuing from yesterday’s post about the swim here

The chip timing piece that all participants wear around their ankles are pretty amazing. Not only does it give you a readout (later when you look on the tri’s website) of how long it took to do each portion of the race, it tells you what place you were in for that portion, among other things. So I was the 217th person of 259 after the swim. It surprised me that I actually was faster than 42 people!

So after slogging through the water, which was tough on my legs, I was pretty concerned that I would be in big trouble for the biking and running portions.

My bike is, there is no way to say this nicely, is a piece of crap. My husband teased me weeks before the race that my bike was going to look like a Fisher Price bike compared to all the other competitors’. It’s from Target and I bought it a few years ago so I could ride bikes with my kids. Certainly didn’t need anything fancy for that. But for riding in a triathlon, um, not the best piece of equipment.

I felt like I rode hard. My quads were burning, but I said to myself – go big or go home, so I really tried to keep up a brisk, steady pace. But the bike is heavy and the handlebars are not conducive to bending over to make yourself aerodynamic, so I’m sure putting in the same effort on a decent road bike would have made a difference,but that’s neither here nor there at this point.

The ride was an out and back. On my way back, I could see there weren’t many people behind me, which was a little deflating, but I was determined to keep pedaling hard. True enough, as I learned later based upon my chip time, I was 228th of 259. Lovely.

Here is a pic of me coming back into the transition area with my Fisher Price bike. I then had to put my bike in my designated spot on the rack, take off my helmet and start the last portion of the race – the run. I was determined to run hard and finish the best that I could.

I will finish up with the run and my overall thoughts tomorrow or Saturday. Thanks for hanging in there with me!

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  1. Jody - Fit at 52
    19 August 2010, 5:12 pm

    I don’t know how many times I can say how amazing you are & how great you look! You determination & drive is an inspiration!!!
    Jody – Fit at 52┬┤s last blog post ..Learning From Experience – A MUST READ!! PLEASE!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    aw, thanks so much, jody! a girl can never hear that enough quite frankly. ladies, you know what i mean!

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  2. Cammy@TippyToeDiet
    19 August 2010, 5:25 pm

    Pardon me, here, but ARE YOU KIDDING ME? You *completed* a triathalon! I don’t care if you finished 1st, 21st or 221st–you finished! You are walking, talking, living proof that you don’t have to have the fancy equipment, the greatest technique, or the fastest time. All you really need is a whole lot of heart and a willingness to try. I’m so impressed with your accomplishments, I’m beside myself. ­čÖé
    Cammy@TippyToeDiet┬┤s last blog post ..Post Party Syndrome

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    cammy, thank you! i am happy to have completed it, but i have always been a tomboy and a competitor, and i often lose sight of the fact of just doing a race is a huge victory in itself. thank you for that wonderful reminder.

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  3. Karen
    19 August 2010, 5:39 pm

    This would be the only leg that I could complete! If you keep this up, you should really treat yourself to a nice bike. I don’t know a lot about them but I do know there is a huge difference in design and weight.
    Karen┬┤s last blog post ..Here a Cupcake- There a Cupcake

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    funny you should say that because i went looking at road bikes this morning =). riding one was like night and day compared to my current bike. i may just get one in the next month or two…

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  4. Mary
    19 August 2010, 7:18 pm

    I am so in awe!!!! You are da woman!!!
    Mary┬┤s last blog post ..Day 12- Some people just have to stir the pot

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! thank you!
    and thank you for stopping by, mary. i love the clever title of your blog. =)

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  5. amanda
    19 August 2010, 8:09 pm

    I have to agree, you have this awesome ass body! I love it! It sounds like you did pretty good in your race so far.
    amanda┬┤s last blog post ..Clothing Swaps

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    oh my goodness, thank you! i will need to post some “before” shots of myself at some point so you can see what i used to look like. and thanks, the race was going ok at that point (pssstt….it gets better!).

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  6. Rita @ The Giggly Bits
    19 August 2010, 10:12 pm

    Your bike looks like my bike, CRAP! And we’re still awesome ­čÖé I love race recaps! I’m going link you on the weekend if alright
    Rita @ The Giggly Bits┬┤s last blog post ..The Weight Loss Intervention- The Follow Up

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! crappy bikes and still chugging along as best we can! =)
    i’d be flattered if you linked to me!

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  7. Margarita Tartakovsky
    20 August 2010, 12:15 pm

    Just wanted to echo everyone else’s sentiments, and say that you’re amazing! I’m so happy for you on accomplishing a very difficult thing! I’m in awe of your drive and determination. Congrats again!!! ­čÖé
    Margarita Tartakovsky┬┤s last blog post ..Coping Skills to Curb Emotional Eating

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks so much, margarita!

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