Yesterday I completed the first sprint Trilogy triathlon of the season. It was definitely an interesting race for me and this phrase came to mind as I was racing. “The more difficult the challenge, the greater the reward”. Why that is, because this was my first race I have done while sick.
Last thursday night I started to feel a scratchy throat. By friday it was a severe sore throat. As stubborn as I am, I still went to swim practice and by the fifth lap I just had to get out and go home. Breathing through the mouth while having a sore throat was not a pleasant thing. By saturday my sore throat was gone but all the congestion started. I woke up early and went to boot camp class as it was in South Beach (my favorite) and I did not want to miss it. I did taper back some in class so I wouldn’t be sore the next morning for the race. Never the less, it was an intense 2 hour plus workout.
Sunday morning arrives. I had been looking forward to the race as I participated in it last year and was eager to see if I could improve my time. On this morning my congestion was pretty bad and I was coughing a lot. I was not able to have my breakfast as I did not have an appetite. I made sure I was well hydrated and had plenty of fluids. Off to the race I went.
I was calm and planned to stay that way. I did not want to get nervous about racing with this cold. All I kept thinking was, “just do your best and DON’T DROWN!!!!”. It was tough for me to get my rhythm going in the swim but once I got it, I was good to go. The bike part needs great improvements. Out of the three disciplines is the one I practice the least. My run was ok, I felt good while running. But I made sure I had my rag because I was blowing my nose and coughing the entire way.
Overall, I had fun. I do these events because I enjoy being active, meeting new people and sharing one more interest/hobby with my husband.
I can’t wait for next month’s race and hopefully I won’t be sick so I can improve even more…
SWIM(.25) T1 BIKE (10 mi) T2 RUN(3.1 mi) TOTAL TIME
0:12:02 1:37 0:36:29 1:09 0:28:24 01:19:40.13