I looked forward to this afternoon all week!
The womenâ€™s Olympic triathlon was held today (at 4 AM; I recorded it), and when I had a free moment, I hopped on my indoor trainer, pressed play, and settled in to watch an amazing race with a literal photo finish.
Coolest race course ever! I want to do a triathlon in the middle of London.
The race was an Olympic distance (duuuuh!), which involves a 1,500 meter swim (0.93-mile), a 40K bike (25 miles), and a 10K run (6.2 miles). I finished my last Olympic triathlon in 3:11 â€“ these ladies rocked it out in 1:58. Olympic athlete, I am not. Iâ€™m still obsessed with the sport!
My ride involved watching the race, doing speedwork, practicing clipping in and out, and tending to Henry.
Henryâ€™s triathlon involved sleeping, dirtying a diaper, and nursing. Go baby, go!
All in all, I rode for about 30 minutes while watching the race. I was most impressed by the athletesâ€™ very, very fast transitions â€“ weâ€™re talking a few seconds to go from the swim to the bike or the bike to the run. I take two to three minutes (but Iâ€™m horrendous at transitioning). I really enjoyed watching the event because the commentators were full of great tri tips for amateurs, such as:
The white paint on the road is the slickest part; so if the road is wet during the cycle, proceed with caution!
When you sight (look up) during the swim, donâ€™t pull your head all the way out of the water â€“ just look for the bubbles the athlete immediately in front of you created.
Take in as many fluids as possible towards the end of the bike because itâ€™s easier to drink while cycling than it is while running.
I was so pumped by the end of the race â€“ and by my ride, which was my first time on a bike since Henryâ€™s birth â€“ that I finally signed up for my next triathlon. Itâ€™s a sprint event at the end of August. Watch out, here I come!