Lifetime Indoor Tri 2018: My Experience

I just finished my first Tri of 2018! I am so excited to write out every detail about my experience, which was great! I did pretty well, given I haven’t done a Tri of any kind since late August. You could tell by my distances, but I felt great when I was racing which was good. Let’s get into it!IMG_2944

The first event was, of course, the swim. Everything there went very well. Each lane had
two people, so I had to share a lane. We agreed upon me taking the right side and she took the left. No collisions occurred or anything, and I never had to slow down or get out of the way which is unheard of. My legs did begin to hurt early on, but the soreness faded by the end. I swam hard and I felt very good. Sadly I fell short of my goal by 50 meters. I swam 550-meters flat and I am happy with that, but I know now that I need to do some more high-intensity timed swim training. The one thing that I didn’t expect is that the water was ICE COLD. It was crazy. I had to do many warm-up laps to literally “warm-up”.


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Next was the bike! It was pretty smooth sailing, but I felt like every tenth of a mile was a
year. From the beginning, I was worried that I wouldn’t come close to nine miles, but I made it to 8.8, which is pretty consistent with my last distances. I slowed down closer to the end to save some steam before the twenty-minute run, and in the end, I do think that was a good decision as my distance for the run was very good… I will say though, my legs were burning by the end! In conclusion, I think I did very well!


img_92111.jpgFinally, the Run! I felt great about the run, and I was so close to reaching my goal of 2.2 miles at a distance of 2.15. I think I could have made it, but for whatever reason, the whistle blew about 15 seconds earlier than the twenty minutes based on my treadmill time. By about the 10-minute mark I got a bad cramp that slowed me down quite a bit. For me, this is almost unavoidable but very irritating. By the end, though, I printed it out until the end, and I was done! Thanks for reading!

 

 

Getting Ready for an Indoor Triathlon + My Goals

I have been training all winter, but on Sunday I will be able to compete again. Kind of. As I explained in a past post, an Indoor Tri is a great way to train and get a little taste of competition in the middle of winter. I’ve been working toward it for the last few weeks and I wanted to share my ideas and experience training.

The Swim was not too different to my normal training. I did more endurance and timed myself in the ten minutes that were a part of my race. I also did some sprinting and picked up pace near the end, realistic to the end of the leg when you want to get those valuable last few laps in. I also kept up my typical equipment drills as I find they really do help me improve my strength in the pool.

The main thing that I focused on was connecting events. I had been practicing all three disciplines separately, but to do one right after the other helps me prepare for the fast pace between events. Going from a swim to a bike doesn’t work easily, but a bike to a run is definitely possible. I would do a thirty-minute long bike to correspond to the time frame of my particular race (These times vary from race to race) and a twenty-minute run right after. I give myself about five minutes in between to change my shoes and catch my breath, which is realistic to a normal indoor triathlon. The bike was pretty typical of my normal training, but I focused on my watts more than usual. They play a big role in your final score and are more accurate on a stationary bike. My mindset for my running training was simply, don’t stop. It is so easy to take quick breaks on a treadmill and let it keep running, but that’s obviously not allowed in a race so I made sure to avoid doing so at all costs. I Ran at a slower pace of about 9.5 at the beginning, to a 10, and finally a 10.5 with an all-out sprint of about 13 at the very end.

Lastly, another thing to think about is setting goals. If you’ve done the race before, you can look at your past distances and improve them to an extent. That’s what I did this year, and my goal is as follows:

Swim: 600m   Bike: 9 Miles  Run: 2.2 Miles

If you haven’t done that race yet, base your goal off of your training distances. Make sure it is attainable and makes sense for you. Having a goal is important, especially for indoor triathlons as you have full access to your stats on two of the events so it will make you push much harder at the end! Thank you for reading, and I will post an update on Sunday or Monday after the race. Be sure to like this post and follow me to be notified of new posts!

 

 

 

How Indoor Triathlons Work

Indoor triathlons: the closest to a race that many can find in the frigid winter. Winter is typically an off-season, whether you live in a warm climate or not. I know I miss the feeling of competing, and these events bring you a step closer. These races are meant for training and offer motivation due to their competitive nature, but that is where the similarities end. The main thing to understand is that these triathlons have a set time rather than distance. For example, a normal triathlon might have a 750-meter swim, a 15-kilometer bike, and a 5-kilometer run. The measurements of the indoor triathlons I do are a 10-minute swim, a 30-minute bike, and a 20-minute run. The facilities they take place in are all indoors, and the transitions are incredibly different. This post explains what these events typically are like and the way they work.

1. The Swim

The swim begins in the pool, with about two racers per lane.There are usually people on Screen Shot 2018-01-11 at 8.48.53 PMdeck counting your laps, so all you need to worry about is swimming! You start in the pool and swim until the time is up, which will be indicated by a horn or another sound.During your last length, be sure to pass the dividing cone beside the middle of the pool. If you do, the length counts toward your distance, if not, it doesn’t. That’s how the swim leg works.

2. The Transition

The transition is very different in indoor triathlons. Instead of having to speed through and get out in order to keep a good time, you have about 5 minutes to change into your bike clothes (In a changing room) and bring running shoes up to the area where the event is taking place. Often there is a volunteer to guide you to the cycling area, and then you can begin your ride!

3. The Bike

The bike ride is done on stationary bikes, sometimes in a room used for cycling classes or they might be brought out to an open space near the running area. You usually have the My-Class1option of wearing clip shoes or normal running shoes. The bike event is unique compared to the swim and runs as it is measured in average watts, so before going into it, be sure to know your goal range and try to stick to it throughout the ride. I recommend wearing bike shorts for this part, as it is a long time sitting and riding in place. Lastly, be sure to have water or a sports drink around, and bring it with you to the several events.

4. The Run

The run is done in two ways depending on the triathlon. If you’re lucky, they can be run on an indoor track. There will then be volunteers counting your laps as you come Screen Shot 2018-01-11 at 8.52.45 PMaround. The last leg is commonly done, though, on a treadmill. They give you free reign
of the treadmill controls, so run at a speed that is comfortable for you, as well as the incline. I recommend using lock laces for your running shoes because you don’t to stop and have to tie them mid-race. Throw on your running shoes, and run until the time is up… that’s all there is to it!

In conclusion, indoor triathlons are a great way to add another dimension to off-season training and allow you to have a goal to work toward before the spring rolls around. If you’re interested, be sure to look up indoor triathlons near you!