Reflections on the triathlon

First off, thank you so, so much for all of your kind words!  I am still over the moon about yesterday.  Still feeling like this!


I spent the rest of the day relaxing.  Took a nap for a while after we got home,  watched some Tour de France, then we went out to dinner (let’s just say that I ignored calories yesterday).  After that it was a nice walk in the park.  I wanted to stay a little active so that my muscles would feel good this morning.  I went to bed around 10:30 and slept for a little over 8 hours, which is a really long time for me.  Normally I am around 6 to 6.5  (not by choice).  That was awesome.    I moved my legs around in bed to test the water so to speak, and they felt absolutely fine.  How about that?  In fact, I got up and John and I went for a brisk walk for about 40 minutes.  Active recovery!

Came back to banana oats.

oats1I was going to have pumpkin oats, but I found out the hard way that you can’t freeze canned pumpkin.  It comes out as a fibrous mass that is like orange felt.  Blech.  So, banana it was.

Regarding the tri,  I would probably do another one (pretty sure I will do the same one next year).  Possibly this year, as there are several more sprint ones.  However, the swim really is the sticking point.  I’m just not very fast, and didn’t really enjoy that.  Lessons would help, I’m sure, but I don’t want to shell out the $$ right now for that, and I doubt I would improve drastically in the next month or so.

I can certainly improve my running speed and biking speed.  Biking will be a little harder, as I don’t have a road bike.  Mine is a hybrid since we do some road riding and some path riding.  I couldn’t take a road bike to my favorite destinations.  And I love my old bike!  Running can always be improved.  I did 3.25 miles in 36 minutes, which I was pretty happy about.  I would have been faster if it wasn’t for that darn 1/4 mile hill at the end!

Was I nervous?  Hell yes!  And also a little (okay, a lot) intimidated by the other competitors.  There were a lot of serious people there, along with the average, everyday people.  But I had every right to be there, just like the person that finished in under an hour!

I am a little glad to get back to weight loss mode, though.  I did gain some weight during training, which I was mildly okay with (kinda, sorta).  I was not really trying to lose during training, since I wanted to build strength and endurance.    And the training paid off.  I finished the triathlon comfortably.  Yes, it was really hard – but I was not finishing it with my last ounce of strength, but finished strong and happy (my goal).  However, that training also ate up a lot of time, probably 10 hours a week.  On top of a full time job, that’s a lot of time.  I am so lucky to have the most supportive hubby.

And I need to give John a shout-out for getting up really early on a Sunday, driving a long way, bringing his bike, and going around trying to catch us on various legs of the triathlon to cheer and take pictures.  Now *that* is true love!

Now my goal is to get to goal at some point this year LOL!

Athletic goals?  Back to lifting this week.  I have missed it!  I also am thinking about a couple longer races.  I might commit to a half marathon in September.  That was a race I did last year that had both a 5K and a half, and we did the 5K.  Since I know I can do at least 6 miles now, I have a couple months to build up to 13.  I could probably do it, the question is do I want to run for 2.5 hours??  Maybe just a 10K.  I will be doing a couple more 5Ks this summer, the next one coming up at the beginning of  August.  Silk & Satins, which was the very first 5K I ever did.  Maybe I will beat my time of 45 minutes 😛

But, all that is in the future.  For today and tomorrow at least, I am going to just bask in my triathlon good feelings.

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14 thoughts on “Reflections on the triathlon

  1. PTG1002

    You are so awesome! And girl – if *I* can run for 13.1 miles, I know you can too!!! It’s a great challenge, just like the tri.

    The swim is my biggest fear, to be honest. I’m just so afraid of that open water, especially after hearing that the race we watched this weekend someone DIED during it (drowned). I’m hopefully going to go do a little open water swimming this weekend…we’ll see how well that goes. Oye!

  2. debby

    Wow, that is a lot of hours committed to working out. But if you consider it your hobby, it doesn’t seem so bad. It does seem to me that it is difficult to concentrate on exercising hard and losing weight at the same time.

  3. Lori's Mom

    I just have to add my congratulations to you and Colleen on your triathlon. I am so proud of you both. You are amazing!!

  4. Lynn Haraldson-Bering

    “But I had every right to be there…” Yes!! Love that line. Captures how we should live our lives in general, despite weight, looks, whatever we’re unsure of. I’m so happy for you. Your confidence just bursts through in your words. Not to mention, you look fab 🙂

    Congrats on such an awesome accomplishment. If you can do a tri, you can get to goal. Heck, you can do ANYTHING!

  5. Susan

    I LOVE that picture of you!!! Happy to hear you’re recovering nicely too 🙂 The swimming aspect is what gets me about the tri too, kind of why I’m thinking more about duathlons. I think you’re hard training totally paid off, I bet you’re in great shape to take on any new challenges this summer 😀

    I am forever in debt to Chris for taking awesome pictures at my tri – John totally deserves the credit! 🙂

  6. Beth

    Congratulations on completing your triathlon!! I loved reading this entry because you sound exactly the same way I felt after finishing my first, which was just a few weeks ago. I was scared, too! BRAVO to you!!

  7. Ron Michel

    Just now got a chance to catch up with your blog. Congrats on a job well done on completing the triathlon under the 2 hour time limit goal you had set. You are definately an inspiration to all. Congrats again!

  8. South Beach Steve

    I still cannot tell you how proud I am of you completing the triathlon. I would love to do something like that, but it seems so far from where I am right now. You are truly an inspiration. Oh, and don’t worry a bit about not counting calories yesterday. You deserved a day like that. 🙂

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