This weekend I’ll be participating in my first triathlon.
It’s a little baby warm-up version and it’s indoors! That means I don’t have to worry about panicking in open water…yet. Many people suggested doing an indoor tri to get a feel for what doing three disciplines feels like.
How does an indoor triathlon work?
You have a pre-set start time and they start 8-10 people at each time in the pool.
10 min pool swim. A volunteer counts how many laps you complete in those 10 minutes.
10 min transition. I love that there is a no pressure transition time! You get changed into your biking gear and head to the spin studio.
30 min bike. You ride on a spin bike which is somehow calibrated to figure out your total distance in that time frame.
5 minute transition.
20 min run. Your run as far as you can on a treadmill for 20 minutes.
Despite not being able to enjoy the outdoors, I’m feeling pretty good about the event. Here are my thoughts about each leg.
Swim: I am completely confident that I’ll be able to swim for 10 minutes straight. My endurance has greatly improved from my first time in the pool back in January where I couldn’t make it one length without gasping for breath. I will not set any speed records and I’m totally okay with that. I just want to keep a consistent stroke for 10 minutes.
Bike: I own the bike. I’ve been a regular at spin class all winter and have been outside a few times and am very happy with where I am at for this time of year. Biking has always been my strong suit and I don’t anticipate that changing. The trick will be to figure out how the bike is measuring distance and strategize my cadence and output to maximize my distance. Yep – I’m a geek.
Run: I did my first bike/run BRICK last weekend (bike immediately followed by a run) and it felt better than I expected. I’m not a speedy runner, but I don’t plan on running any slower than I normally do. I’d be thrilled if I could bust out 2 miles in those 20 minutes.
How am I feeling about doing these all together? I’m not too nervous about it. I’ve done plenty of duathlons, so it’s just a matter of how much 10 minutes of swimming will take out of me.
My plan is to treat this like a training event. I’ll push myself, but not kill myself. I’m more interested to see how the body reacts to three events all together. I’m definitely hoping for a positive reaction and to increase my excitement for the main event in August.
Have you done an indoor triathlon? Any tips?