Hitting my stride

I’m finally feeling it. Feeling like “I can do this.” Of course I’m referring to my triathlon that is swiftly approaching.

Just 11 days ago I wrote the post “One month” as I reached the 30 day mark before the race. I mentioned some of the difficulties I’ve been dealing with as I’ve been training. I’ve been pretty nervous up until this point about being able to complete everything in the race, but I think I’ve reached that point of understanding what I need to do.

I went to a triathlon clinic this past Sunday that is specifically geared toward the Ramblin’ Rose race I am competing in next month. It was great. There were about seven of us, none of which had every competed in a triathlon before. We were able to swim some of the pool, and the coach was able to give us some good tips and explain how things will work on race morning. triathlon unc wellness center rain gym

Unfortunately, there was horrible weather on Sunday morning. We were planning on riding the first leg of the bike ride, but had to settle for a quick ride where we tested out the biggest hill in the race. That definitely made things more comfortable knowing that, worst case scenario, we’ve already had some practice on the biggest hill in cold, rainy weather.

Another important process was working through the transitions. If you’re hoping to be competitive in a triathlon, the transitions can make a big difference. Our coach called them the “4th sport.” If you fall a little behind in one of the sports, you can make some of that up with a good transition.

The whole thing was perfect for getting a feel for what to expect. I feel much more comfortable with what I have to do as I’ve had the chance to walk through it all and talk to someone who’s been doing this for more than 10 years.

And I wrote before that I was concerned about the swimming since I had never swam 250 meters without stopping. I don’t know what happened this week, but something just triathlon be incredible positivityclicked. I figured out how to use the water rather than fight against it. I went from swimming 100 meters and gasping for air at the end to literally doing 750 meters today without stopping and not really being that tired at the end of it.

I also bought some knee braces and new running shoes that give a lot more support. So far, my knees have felt a lot better. I was even able to get up to a sprint without them bothering me.

I think I finally realized that I’m going to be able to do this. There’s still a lot more work to do, but I’m feeling much more confident about it now. I’m really looking forward to it now and actually can’t wait for it to get here.

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