Yesterday was the Tri for the Cure in Denver. Happy to say that I finished it, although not exactly with blazing speed. I haven’t got the official times yet, but it took me about 2 hours and 50 minutes including all the transitions.
Here’s a breakdown: The half-mile swim went great! I think it took me about 35 minutes. I had been super-worried about the water temperature (needlessly, it was perfect!) and the dirty water (it wasn’t that bad!).
Then on to the bike, which totally exhausted me. 11.2 miles, took me pretty close to an hour and a half. My mountain bike was way too heavy and gears weren’t good for this. Going shopping soon!
The “run”. Well the bike ride was so hard for me, I was pretty pooped out when the run came along. I walked most of it, running for maybe half a mile.
All in all , though, it was fantastic! Today, I am sore but elated. I’m definitely going to do this again next year. Hopefully by then I will have re-habilitated by right arm completely so I can do the crawl instead of the breast stroke. And get a different bike.
So glad my friends convinced me to try this!
Got my start time this morning…it’s 7:04 am on Sunday. Feeling pretty good about everything, although I think the running might be a bit sketchy.
Turns out that I get to start twelve minutes before Mary and Trina, because I am in the “Survivor” group. This sounds pretty perfect, as my swim is a bit slower than theirs, because I have to do the breast stroke. Can’t do a half-mile of crawl yet due to range of motions issues with the arm. It’s looking like an excellent chance that the three of us can ride the bikes and run together. I’m psyched.
Well, now it’s only three weeks until my Traithlon, I’m feeling pretty good about my preparations. I’ve been swimming quite a bit, each time swimming more than the distance that the swim is going to be. Ditto on the bike ride. Decided to do it with the mountain bike, just can’t justify buying a new bike right now. A little worried about the 5k run at the end…
Leaving for a trip to Florida on Wednesday, the timing to be out of town couldn’t have been worse! Good news is that I’ll have lots more opportunity to swim, bad news is that running in all the humidity is going to be tough for me. I’m just going to see how it goes when I get there!
Up until this morning, I had done all my biking practice on the stationary bike at the Rec Center. Feeling pretty good on that, clocking about 5 minute miles.
Okay, so I haul out the old Mountain Bike, on a mission to go to the bank. I’m quite disappointed, 6.8 miles took me 58 minutes. The good news was, did lots of hills, but the time was very slow! One factor , though, is that I seemed to have to stop for every single red light.
I’m thinking about getting a lighter weight bike for the Tri, just hating to spend the money because for most things I like the mountain bike just fine.
Well today I put my money where my mouth is, and I signed up for the Denver Tri for the Cure.
I’ve got a lot of work to do to get ready for this. Two of my friends are doing this with me, unfortunately Mary who lives closer to me works about 50 hours a week. I’m still hoping though that we can do some bike riding together. My friend T, who is a teacher, is off all summer but she lives about 15 miles away. We’ll just have to see how it goes! The “good” news is that, since I turned 50 in May, we can all be in the “old” group together lol.
I am excited about this, I’ve already proven to myself that I can run or walk the 5K, but quite frankly I just want to finish this race. It should be interesting.
Today I went swimming for the very first time since my surgery in October. It was great I just felt terrific. I probably could have gone further, but I didn’t want to hurt myself the first time out. The Tri for the Cure is a 1/2 Mile swim (that’s 32 laps in the pool, methinks) and I did 24 today. Woohoo, I’m pretty sure I can do this!
So my two college friends convinced me that we should, as a group, participate in the “Tri for the Cure” which is being held here in Denver on August 2. I am really psyched to do this, although, yes, I’m really worried about the running part.
Much motivation to actually finish the “Couch to 5k” Plan this time! If I get started on the Couch to 5K now, I should be able to do a 5k by May, which is still three months before the Tri date.
Since being diagnosed with the breast cancer last September, I feel a bit betrayed by my body, so being successful at this will hopefully make me feel like I can do things again. But now my treatments are over, and I really an feeling better each day that passes. So hopefully I can see this one through!