Finally, my first race event of the year! I love doing at least one indoor triathlon this time of year as it helps give me that boost of motivation to continue training hard for summer competitions.
On Saturday, March 8th I participated in the 6th annual UW-La Crosse Indoor Triathlon. The event was put on by the Recreational Sports Department of the university.
This event was a lot of fun. It consisted of a 10-minute swim, 20-minute bike and a 15-minute run with a 10-minute break at T1 (transition between swim & bike) and a 5-minute break between T2 (transition between bike & run). Wouldn’t it be great if all triathlon events just gave every athlete 10 and 5 minutes, respectively for T1 and T2?
The swim was held in their aquatic center pool (we each got our own lane, and the water temp was great), the bike was a stationary cycling/spin bike with a speedometer/odometer and the run was on their 200-meter indoor track.
It was a very low-key event, and had a variety of participants from beginners to experienced triathletes. There was a grandpa and grandson duo that competed and they were adorable supporting each other throughout each discipline.
They had plenty of student volunteers helping at the event. With 6 participants in each wave, we each had our own volunteer tracking our swim lengths, bike mileage and track laps.
I had a great event. I placed 13th out of 41 women (11th in the 20-29 age group).
I swam 600 yards in the 10-min time slot, having stopped swimming with about 22 seconds left on the clock. Looking back I could have gotten another 25 yards in as I figured I was swimming at about a 1:36/100 yard pace. I was the 6th fastest swimmer.
I biked 8.63 miles according to the bike odometer. I’m not sure how consistent the stationary bikes were between each other and their set resistance, but being that the event was a just for fun I didn’t let it bother me. Ranked 17th fastest biker.
I ran 1.69 miles putting me at an 8:52 pace. Ranked the 13th fastest runner.
Overall, a fun way to kick off the year and to start getting myself in gear for when race season is underway!