My first tri is right around the corner (T minus 12 days away...eek!), and I realized that while I've been training for it for several weeks, I haven't really talked much about any of the specifics of my training on the blog except to share that I am generally terrified about the race. That being said, I must not be TOO terrified because I have already picked out Tri #2: The Danskin Women's Triathlon in Pleasant Prairie, WI on August 26th. As I will be starting the summer with a triathlon and wrapping it up with a second, I've dubbed this "The Summer of the Triathlon," and decided I would take you guys along for the ride with me with weekly tri training recaps aka "Triathlon Training Tuesdays." Get it? :) Hopefully this summer will involve posts that are more actual training recaps and less me bemonaing yet another new injury...oh last summer... (< -- That being said, I am still me, so don't worry, you can count on me to complain about my IT bands at least a little bit.)
Yesterday I celebrated my memorial day with a swim/bike brick, opting to give my legs another day of rest after the Soldier Field 10. I decided it was about time, though, that I try swimming in a pair of my tri shorts. I know it's dumb, but I've been hesitant to try them out in the pool because I've been worried I'd look silly swimming in shorts. I know, I know, who cares, right? It's more important that I know I CAN swim in the shorts come race day than how I look!
|Dripping all over the sidewalk as I unlock my bike post-swim...|
After all my silly concerns about wearing tri shorts at the pool (I know, SO dumb), it was totally no big deal. It felt a little weird to swim in shorts tho! They stayed in place completely the whole swim without me needing to adjust them, thanks to these little grippers around the thighs and waist. The only weird thing was getting used to the drag feeling in the front panel/crotch. I'm sure if I had a tighter pair there would be less drag, but I would much rather feel a little drag in the swim than have to run and bike in an uncomfortably tight pair of shorts!! Hate the feeling of tight clothes when I'm running!
I swam about 900 yds this morning, just over my tri swim distance, then hurried to do a quick locker room transition: squeeze water out of hair, wipe excessive water off body, socks, shirt, shoes, gloves, helmet, DONE!
|Ready to bike!|
My legs were definitely still recovering from Saturday's race! All in all, a successful brick! Here's hoping I somehow have the strength to run a 5K after that in a couple of weeks!! :)