This past Sunday, I participated in my first triathlon and I had a great time!
I finished with a total time of 2:43:50.71, spending about 30 minutes on the swim, 1:17 on the bike, and 40ish minutes on the run and about 15 minutes between the two transitions.
The experience was really interesting as it's been a long time since I've done something totally brand new like this. The coolest part about it was that I did this with quite possibly the least amount of preparation ever. I did no running outside of the occasional 400 or 800 in my regular WODs, only had 5 sessions on the bike (the longest of which was an easy 15 minute cruise), and got into the ocean for the first time this year last Sunday.
I leaned hard on my fitness and wasn't let down at all. Given that my sport specific skill wasn't very greatly developed, I didn't really get a chance to push incredibly hard through the swim and the bike. In the end this made the triathlon tough but not hard. It was tough in the sense that I was fatigued and moderately uncomfortable for a few hours and needed to keep my mental game on point to get through each piece. It wasn't hard because I have the baseline of fitness that meant the pace I pushed was never really physically challenging.
I had a lot of fun pushing myself, getting out of my comfort zone (seriously, who works out for almost 3 hours?), and experiencing a whole new world. There's something really crazy and awesome about waking up at 3:30am on a Sunday, and jumping into the ocean at sun up knowing you've got a long bike ride and a run still waiting for you!
A. 1RM 3 position clean
*high hang, mid thigh, below knee
B. 4 rounds for time:
8 deadlifts (100% of A)
8 toes to bar
8 box jumps (30/24)
Posted by Armen.