The rule of thumb for racing is, of course, nothing new on race day. Meaning that you should wear clothes you’ve worn before, eat foods you’ve eaten before, and don’t try anything you haven’t practiced.
Well, I had to throw a big piece of my triathlon “training” out of the window on Sunday at the Iron Girl Pleasant Prairie Sprint Triathlon. You see, the water temperature in Lake Andrea was 82 degrees. According to USA Triathlon,
When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards.
So, yeah. I mean, I probably wasn’t going to get an age group award anyway, but the announcement that wetsuits weren’t technically legal freaked me out. See, I’d never done any open water swimming without my wetsuit. And I’d never done swam in a pool longer than 25 yards. And now I was going to swim a half a mile without a wetsuit in a lake?
But, you know what? I did it. I swam that half a mile without a wetsuit. Sure, it took me 16 minutes longer than the world record (that means it took me just over 20 minutes for those of you who aren’t watching the Olympics) but I did it.
And I felt really strong on the bike. The run was tough but I think that was because of the lack of shade.
Overall I finished 22nd out of 113 in my age group. But I think the biggest takeaway is knowing that I CAN swim half a mile without a wetsuit. My mantra for the day was “she thought she could, so she did.”
And I did.
5K PR Training
- Monday 8/8 – Leg strength workout
- Tuesday 8/9 – Upper body strength workout & 3 mile run
- Wednesday 8/10 – 30 minute tempo run (on treadmill)
- Thursday 8/11 – Leg strength workout
- Friday 8/12 – Upper body strength workout
- Saturday 8/13 – Rest
- Sunday 8/14 – Iron Girl Pleasant Prairie Sprint Triathlon