Phewww… what a week! I went from a late night 21st to a triathlon first thing the next morning, to kids camp straight afterwards for a week lol. The relief of sitting down last night! It’s literally the first time I sat down and chilled out in 6 days lol.
So this 21st was potentially the best and worst idea ever haha. I don’t drink so that wasn’t an issue haha. Had such an awesome night and caught up heaps of awesome mates who I haven’t seen in ages! Then at 11pm I decided that it was bed time - had to be up at 7am.
Except I was sleeping AT the house where the 21st was.. cos mine was another hour’s drive away. So while I’m curled up on a large double bed listening to my iPod and attempting to sleep, the bass from the dance music in the lounge is basically shaking the house down lol.
Finally fell asleep about 12am and then at 1am two of my friends open the door and I hear them whisper.. “we’re gonna wake Denyse up..” and suddenly I’m being playfully attacked by two of my (rather drunk) best guy mates. They tried to take over my bed and ended up DRAGGING ME DOWN THE HALLWAY in my sleeping bag lol. By this point I was a mix of annoyance and amusement lol.
I managed to get my bed back, but they crashed there as well. The three of us lay there talking for agessss and at about 2:30am decided it would be time to sleep….but sleep did not happen. 3 people sharing a bed is NOT comfortable and does not make for a good night sleep lol. So 3 hours sleep was my total for the night before triathlon haha. I was already dreading the next morning!
When I arrived at the triathlon I spoke to my instructor Chris about my lack of sleep and he told me “Don’t worry about it. You’ll be fine. It’s the night before the night before that matters the most”. Fortunately I managed to get 10 hours sleep that night so I was like.. phewww haha. I was still churning down the powerade though!
I was doing the longest course - 5km run, 20km cycle, 400m swim. They were 170 triathletes and we were all doing a mixture of different length courses.
Haha my care factor was pretty low for this tri. Usually I’ve rehearsed transitions and everything over in my head, studied the course, asked heaps of questions, and run through a million different problematic scenarios in my head. This time I was like “meh” and did pretty much none of that lol. Just before I lined up, I ran over to the board to have a quick glance at the course haha.
I started near the back of the pack on the run even though I didn’t actually realise when I lined up! This was not my intention lol.
The first 2.5km of the run went fine, and then the second 2.5km got quite difficult. I was certain that I was going to have to stop and walk, but everytime I told myself “Just a little bit further. Just run a bit further”. With this attitude, I actually stuck it out all the way to the end and didn’t stop. Seriously, you can do anything when you have good mental strength. I told myself that I could do it because I’d run this distance before. There was no reason why I couldn’t. “Push past the fact that you only had 3 hours sleep Denyse!” I stuck with a couple of other girls all the way thru the run and eventually passed them near the end. One of them is a half ironman so I was quietly stoked that I’d kept up with her haha.
I was getting a little dizzy in the last few 100m tho! It was so hot. How grateful was I to see transition haha. T1 went smoothly, no issues there.
The cycle was good but it was booooooring! 20km seemed to take so long and I got so bored of cycling the same circuit 4 times haha.
Having a road bike made a huge difference, but I was also one of the slowest bikes. All the other road bikes flew past me near the beginning (including the girls I managed to pass on the run). They all had fancy as bikes with flash gear lol. This was a bit discouraging cos I never managed to catch them again. I wasn’t the last cyclist to finish, but I was close.
My bum was so grateful to get off that bike!!! Yeow, time to invest in some padded bike pants haha.
T2 was fine, I took a moment to get a good drink, and grab a breath! My legs were feeling rather shaky at this point.
Ahhh the swim… The first 2 lengths were sooooo nice. My muscles loved the change of movement! But then my limbs turned into heavy weights that I was just dragging down the pool lol. I forced myself not to stop though.
As I was swimming, I saw a clock on the wall that said ‘10:35am’. We had started the tri at 9am, so I knew then that I’d gone over my hour and half goal. I was a bit gutted, but I reminded myself that my main goal was to finish.
Then when there was only about 6 lengths to go, I looked up and I noticed a timer at the end of the pool that said ‘1 hour 24 minutes’ and it was slowly counting the seconds. Then I realised that we must’ve started the triathlon late, meaning I still had a chance to finish under an hour and half! That shot my adrenaline through the roof and I took off down the pool lol. I swam that last 6 lengths so fast, urging myself to go faster and faster lol. I actually ran into another girls feet and tailed her all the way down the pool haha.
It paid off, because I hit the end wall at 1 hour 27 minutes 36 seconds. YAY! What a sigh of relief haha I just lay there on my back for a few minutes and got my breath back with a big smile on my face lol.
I ended up placing 31st out of 44 competitors. I expected this sort of placing, some of those people were SUPER pro. I finished only 3 minutes behind a girl who did a half ironman last year so that made me happy haha.
Chris came up to me afterwards and told me I’d done really well and my form through the whole thing was really good. He said he’s planning on doing a 5 week course with further triathlon training for those of us who want to continue on and get a bit more pro. I’m keen :) I’ve definitely caught the triathlon bug!
I’m a member of my local triathlon club now, and we have a winter duathlon/triathlon series coming up so I’ll probably get involved with them. Training takes so much time though, but I’ll stick with it as much as I can.
My main aim now is to improve my running. Half marathon in December!! :D