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My First Tri: Some Initial Thoughts

Well, I finished. I have no idea what my time(s) is because when I finished the race, I just didn’t care. You’ll get those times when I get them. I know some of you are dying to here about the race, so here are some initial thoughts:

  • I have the best friends and family in the whole world. Literally! Linden called me from Germany this morning, and Sarah sent me flowers to wish me luck yesterday! My mom came and watched, Chris photographed, and Sam ran me in the last few hundred runs.
  • I have new-found respect for triathloners. They deserve a lot of credit for what they can do.
  • I had never hyperventilated before today. A pool is not great place to do this for the first time.
  • Periods and triathlons do not mix.
  • Water misters are not only for Olympians.
  • If I’m going to do another one of these things, I’m gonna need some better cycling equipment.
  • I haven’t worked that hard in a long time–mentally or physically.

These thoughts are kinda negative, I know, but don’t fret. Already, in retrospect, I’m glad I did it, but I can’t say that I enjoyed myself while I was doing it. I learned a lot; the learning curve for triathloning is just a bit steeper than running.

OK. That’s all I have for you right now. I need another bagel and another nap. A minute-by-agonizing-minute report is coming soon (with photos)!

P.S. A prize will be awarded to the person who can guess the curse word I said to myself on the bike ride. You have permission to cuss in my comments…


8 thoughts on “My First Tri: Some Initial Thoughts

  1. Hiya Sarah, i found your blog from Linden’s blog and i just wanted to say congrats on finishing your first tri Very impressive!

    I’m gonna guess fuck/shit!!!



  2. I am so proud of you. So proud. And you should be too. Because you completed a triathlon. Sounds like it was a rough one, but it was your first one and it’ll only get better from here!

    This’ll be the last time I say it, but I wish I could have been there!!!

    P.S. I’m going with “damn,” although that’s only because Michelle beat me to “fuck.” I feel better writing them in quotation marks. 🙂

  3. You’re a TRIATHLETE! Congratulations! I have a good friend who is among your ranks and I am in awe of you both! I’m sorry I didn’t make it to your blog prior to the race to wish you all the best. (I’ve been Twitter-absent recently.)

    And when I’m grinding away on my painful bike rides, my go-to curse word is “shit”, often in combination with “Holy”, “Oh” or “You’ve got to be shittin’ me”. That last one is usually when look at yet another hill before me.

  4. Thanks, Ladies, for the congratulations! I’ll have a full race review in a bit…

    And I said, “Oh, shit” when I crested what I thought was my last hill and saw another small one ahead of me.


  5. I would just like to point out that I knew instantly from personal experience what that “choosen” word would be…maybe you saw that hill for the first time in Columbia :).

  6. I’m so proud of Sarah that she not only attempted but completed her first sprint triathlon. I haven’t ridden my horse 12 miles yet, which should be a lot less of a task than riding a bike 12 miles. I sure don’t want to walk/run 5K after riding that far. We won’t even talk about the water thing.

    So, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! You go girl…and I’ll watch…

  7. @Vicky: I second that! I can do the running part, but I can imagine what it feels like to ride a bike hard first, and it makes me go, “Ugh.” And the swimming before that? I’m with you!

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