Triathlon Training - 1 year later
So at the tender age of 64 I decided to take up Triathlon. I started riding pretty regular at age 61, and found I really enjoyed it. I started riding pretty regular, and got up to 150+ mi a week.
In an effort to get more rides in, I started to ride with a Tri group at 5:30 AM Tues and Thurs mornings. After about a year and a half it finally rubbed off. I decided to give it a TRI!
That was last summer (2012.) I began to swim in the backyard pool, and run around the block. Despite my pretty good bike ability (A- B+ rides) I found swimming and running to be VERY HARD. I couldn't swim for more than a minute or so, and I could barely jog 100 yds. But my TRI friends and my BF family all said that was normal, and to just keep at it.
In Sept of '12 I did my first Sprint Tri. I could only free style for about 25 yds, but my run was up to 1 mi at a 10 min pace. Despite that I took 3rd place in my AG (3rd out of 8) on the strength of my bike.
In October of '12 I started to swim with the TRI group at a local pool. I was doing 2 nights a week for an hour each with the Masters group. I could still only free style for 25 yds, but I kept at it.
I got sick in late December and didn't swim much until Feb. At that point I was 65 and on Medicare, do I joined a local gym with a pool. It was a 25 meter pool, (not yds like the local pool) and that little extra seemed like a mile. I spent all of Feb swimming on my own, trying to get in good enough shape to go back to the Masters class.
I joined the Master's calls again in March swimming 4 days a week to prepare for my first Tri of the Season in early April. I got up to swimming free style for about 75 yds, and did my first sprint of the year feeling pretty good. I didn't heed my coach's advice to get in the water and warm up, and when I got in that cold black water, I panicked! I could not get my breathing under control, and I could not get my face in that black water. I ended up swimming head up breast stroke most of the way. This time I place 2nd despite my poor swim. My bike was strong, and my run was OK. I was 8 min out of 1st. :^(
Back to swim class and concentrating on head down, to prepare for the next sprint in May. This time I felt pretty good, and I was up to several hundred yards on the pool with a little rest. I thought I was ready for a .25 mi swim free style.
This time the swim was in the ocean, and it was a bit rough. Again I failed to heed my coach's advice and pre-swim. The race started and that salt water and waves freaked me out again! I could not keep my head down. Again, head up all the way. But my bike and run brought me into 2nd again.
So, I decided to do an ocean swim every Saturday morning. That has really helped. I also got to do a .5 mi lake swim in upstate NY this summer. And I've done a few 1 mi ocean swims. I did an International distance Tri last month (.5 mi ocean swim, 25 mi bike, 10K run) Another 2nd place.
So I'm feeling pretty ready for my next goal: Ironman Augusta 70.3!