I actually had so much fun! This race was amazingly organized and the volunteer local football team made for a seamless kit pickup, body marking and getting my sports stats chip. This race is awesome and went super well for me. Read on for the details!
Overall: For the training I put into it (which was by no means complete) I am thrilled with how this all went.
The swim (750m): I kicked off my swim with putting my wetsuit on inside out and breaking my swim cap. My teammates were so nice in a) telling me I had my suit on inside out, and b) offering up extra swim caps (I had one from the race, but the amount of pitching in I heard was just so heartwarming). As per my coach’s advice, I got in the water and got a few strokes in before the race started. I was nervous, but I told myself that I’ll just take my time and go behind everyone. The countdown ended, and swimmers dashed in the water. I waited for everyone to go in, then I popped in and started swimming. I did the first half mostly front crawl and did a mix of breast stroke and front crawl on the way back. I have to saw that swimming a race in open water was much less anxiety inducing than in a pool, because I felt like no one was watching me. Apart from grabbing handfuls of seaweed, I was so thrilled and yelled out a big “Oh my GOD I DID IT!!!” when I was heading to the transition zone. My teammates cheered me on and from that moment on my smile didn’t leave my face. Was it a pretty swim? No. But it was complete and I felt really good. For me this was pure redemption from my first race this summer. (Also: how cool is it that I did 2 triathlons this season?!?!?!)
The bike (20k): The bike was a hoot! I was super happy with my pacing and felt so fresh. I downed my Maurten’s drink mix on this ride, and had a gel. Nutrition on the bike they say, and I did it!. I enjoyed the heck out of this ride. The weather was perfect and I was singing and just loving the sun. My mantra on this race was “do your own thing” and “effortless” and I just felt light and fun. My coach snapped this pic of me and this is pretty much how I was the whole ride. I even rode in the ‘drops’ to add some speed this race. I am SO much more confident on my bike. The only thing that I didn’t like on the bike was peeling off seaweed from my legs from the swim!
The run (5k): I can’t believe how well the run went! It had been 2 weeks since I did any sort of training so my expectations were low. I completed the 5k in just over 30 mins and didn’t stop the whole time. What a joy! I was surprised and my smile had the vibe of “oh my god, look at me! I’m completing a triathlon STRONG!!!” One thing I did to keep my mind calm, is that I brought my own water with me. Having my water with me made me feel like I was just on a regular run, and not in a race. So there I was bippin’ and a boppin’ just doing my own thing (as per my race mantra: do your own thing).
The training: I trained with Team Triumph virtually and trained alongside those completing the Olympic Distance Program. I signed up knowing I wouldn’t complete all the training as this summer was full of working and taking care of the kids. I am very proud of what I put in and what I was able to complete. I am most proud of not giving up or making the excuse of being too busy. Even with a lot of red boxes on training peaks, I was able not only complete the triathlon, but have fun doing it. Did I place? Heck no – but in my mind I did. I will surely be signing up again. I now have the bug, and I want to sprint distance it up more next summer.
The race: The Canadian was amazingly organized from my perspective. Everything was clearly marked, we had our own Team Triumph rack, and it was so so so fun. I preferred it over the early bird and will make this race one that I frequent. I was nervous to sign up as there are some serious athletes at this race, but the vibe was nice and open and casual. The race director (Adam) was SO nice and encouraged everyone to have fun. Before the swim, he said that if you have an issue and want to get out of the water, to go ahead and just move on. What a lovely thing to say to take the pressure off. We’re not getting paid to do this, it’s just for fun! And it really was. Take my money from here on out Somersault – you’ve won this amateur athlete’s heart.
I 1000% highly recommend joining Team Triumph if you’re looking to get into the sport of triathlon. I have learned so so much from the team, and if they run another Sprint course I will surely join. The community is amazing and filled with amazing supportive people. Also take my money Team Triumph – what I’ve gained here goes way beyond just swimming, biking and running.