It felt really great to be back at UW-La Crosse for their 7th annual indoor triathlon this past weekend. It was my third year competing. The first year I went alone, second year I recruited one friend to participate and this year I carpooled with three other girls (plus my mom who was my designated photographer and #1 fan). We had a great time!
The triathlon 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).
This event is one that you need to go to just have fun and get in a good workout. Why do I say this? The competitive-factor is a crap shoot due to the bike odometer/speedometer as it does not consider your power (resistance) when you are pedaling. This means:
lighter the resistance you set on your bike = the faster the bike wheel will spin = higher amount of mileage you will accumulate during your 20-minutes
So just keep this in mind when you travel to UW-L’s indoor tri because it truly is a fun event if you can get over the fact that the bike portion isn’t fairly tracked.
Anyways, let me get on to my race report.
The swim portion is held in their indoor pool where you get your own lane, and the pool temperature is, in my opinion, is not too cold, not too hot… It’s JUST RIGHT. They have volunteers for each lane who count how many lengths of the pool you swim. This year, I swam 600 yards and stopped with 7 seconds remaining on the clock as I knew I wasn’t going to get across the lane very far in 7 seconds.
I hopped out of the pool and had 10 minutes to travel to the locker room, change from swimsuit to biking/running clothes and head to the rec room where they had the stationary bikes and 200-meter track. I made sure to take a large water bottle with as the air in the indoor track area is very dry and I wanted to stay well hydrated.
The bike portion went fine. I had brought along my old pair of cycling shoes with clips that fit their stationary bikes so was able to clip in and take a few minutes to warm up and get myself situated on the bike before the official 20 minutes began. I had very light resistance on the bike and just tried to pedal as quickly as I could without losing control or hurting myself. There is a volunteer that sits with each participant so I was able to chat with a nice girl who was a junior studying at UW-L. It made the 20 minutes go by faster. I logged 9.25 miles in mythical stationary bike miles.
There was a 5-minute transition break from bike to run so I was able to change into my good ol’ Nike Frees and do a little bit of stretching. Each person in my wave (there was 6 of us total) had a designated lap counter. Next thing I knew we were all lined up at the starting point and off we went on our 15-minute run. I was shooting for a 9-minute pace and I wanted to try and stay fairly steady. The first mile felt really great, and I could feel myself slowing slightly with about 4 minutes left on the clock so I tried to stay focused on keeping a strong stride and good form. While I didn’t sprint that last lap, I definitely picked up my pace a bit so that I could finish strong. I completed 13-1/2 laps, which I calculated to 2,700 meters or 1.69 miles. That put me at a 8:53 running pace! Same as last year! WOO HOO!
Overall, I had a great time and so did my girlfriends that I carpooled with. Afterwards we headed off to Marge’s on Rose Street for a well-deserved breakfast. The next morning I will admit my legs were a bit sore so that definitely means I need to get my butt in gear and start training more. With warmer weather arriving I’m so looking forward to biking and running outdoors. Next race report will be Winona, MN’s Trinona in June.