Sunday, May 20, 2007

I've Caught the "tri-bug"

On May 19th I finished my first triathlon. I've been training with two other girlfriends since January and it has been a great bonding experience. I've gotten so close to these girls and I love 'em to death. Unfortunately, one of the girls injured one of her knees a few days ago and was unable to participate but she was with us in spirit. As for my experience...the swim was BRUTAL! On my first lap I turned around from the wall and swam right into one of my opponent's foot. I then proceeded to swallow half of the pool's water. I had a horrible time recovering from this. I never practiced for this happening, but I learned my lesson quickly. I had to do a lot of breast stroking and side stroking. It felt like the swim was never going to end, but 7 minutes later it did! I loved the biking and running. I finished the 10 mile bike ride in 40 minutes and ran the 5K in about 29 minutes. My overall time with all of the transitions was 1 hour 23 minutes. I actually shocked myself because I knew I could do the race in about 1 hour and 45 minutes but I thought with fatigue I might finish around 2 hours. So I actually did A LOT better than I anticipated. I felt good crossing the finish line and I had enough energy to run another 5K. It was so much and I look forward to my next triathlon (July 4th). We'll see if I can improve on my time. But in order for me to do so I'll have to practice my swimming. :)

4 comments:

Josie said...

Kirst - CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'm so impressed, I had no idea you were a triathlete! That's so cool - I'd love to do one of those sometime, but I'm afraid I'd drown!!!

Sabrina said...

What no pictures of the mesh swimsuit lady? Oh, I guess this is a family blog so we have to keep it clean.

If you need practice swimming with someone kicking you in the face let me know.

Randy, Viv and Britton said...

I can't believe you did a triathalon! Way to go Kirst!!

Sim & Kam said...

You are so awesome to accomplish a tri! Very cool. You look great too. Very good even in those hot pants. :) When I come back to Utah you can help me train. I would like to do something like that. (Atleast right now while I'm sitting around I can say that right!)