Two weekends ago I came one huge step closer to my goal and completed the DC Triathlon! I was completely surprised that I finished in under 2 hours (it took me 1 hour, 37 minutes), and I finished in the top 25% of triathletes in the race!
Show and Tell
I’d rather show than tell about this race. Click this link to see my DC Triathlon experience.
DC Triathlon put together a great animation of the race, too. When you click the link in the previous sentence, you can see how I did versus other men in my age group. If you play with the options, you can add in other age groups, too. I had fun watching myself race Lisa Millar.
Every athlete in this race got their own profile. Here’s mine.
Reflecting on My First Tri
I’m really excited that I conquered my fear of swimming in an open body of water. I was a bit disappointed that it took me so long to swim 800m in the river compared to how much faster I was swimming in the pool. I’ll be a little more mentally prepared for the swim in my next tri.
When I got to the finish, I expected that I might get emotional. Nope. When I finished, I was excited, but it felt kind of routine because of all the training I had done.
I saw this article on Runner’s World recently, and thought this would be a good time for me to take a stab at answering those questions for myself.
- What, if anything, about your first race took you by surprise? (Pleasantly or otherwise?)
- I was surprised how friendly my fellow triathletes were before, during and after the race. I was also really surprised by the fans that came out to cheer us along. I’ve never been in a race where people cheer from the side of the road before…
- What, if anything, would you do differently, if you could go back and do your first triathlon all over again?
- If I could do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing. It was a blast, and a great learning experience.
- What advice would you give to fellow runners who are considering signing up for their first triathlon?
- Just do it. Sign up for one now. Everything that happens after you sign up becomes a personal test of character, so I only know what worked best for me. The journey of training for a triathlon is as important as the race, so enjoy it.
I’m definitely addicted to this sport. I can’t wait to do my next triathlon!