Competition 1 of 2012: MWR Indoor Triathlon
Part of what makes weblogs wonderful is that they can act as a sort of journal of activity. 2012 represents a year of change physically for me as I strive to be healthier. So, in the spirit of being better physically, and tracking my progress in this wonderful medium, here is my report from the MWR Indoor Triathlon.
I was completely unprepared for what a triathlon requires. The good thing is that it was broken into three very easy to swallow parts. Still, it was very taxing on my body and showed in painful detail how much further I need to go.
The MWR staff split the event up into three time slots throughout the day, with six possible competitors in each slot. Unfortunately, only two of us showed up for our time slot. I feel bad for the guy I went against because I was horrible competition. He was a student at one of the schools in my command, which was cool. I also learned that he was going to a ship where my former mentor is stationed. That was pretty cool to learn.
The first event was the pool. We were given 10 minutes to swim as many full laps as we could. I managed 6 laps, which was pretty good for me really. Total distance: 300 Meters. Naturally, having not been in a pool in probably six months or more, I was winded fairly quickly, and without goggles my eyes were burning pretty bad. I was honestly embarrassed at myself for being as out of pool condition as I was, but I was convinced that, even if I came in last, it would be a competitive last.
After the pool, we were given ten minutes to get changed before the next event. Once dried and changed, I went to the stationary bike and set it up for my height, etc. I also grabbed my iphone for music. I don't usually race with music, but since it was a stationary bike I was concerned that I would be bored. Besides, I was already to the point where I had wished I hadn't signed up for the tri, so I just needed a distraction. The bike went well though. I was as much of an animal as I could be. 7.05 miles total distance. Not too shabby for 20 minutes of work.
Finally, after another ten minute break, we went to the track. Here's where I realized that I was in trouble. I pride myself on being an avid, if not slow, runner. Unfortunately, after the pool and the bike, my legs were shot. I took my first turn on the gym track and realized my body was not good to go. From my knee down on my left leg I was in horrible pain. Did I stop? No! I kept going very slowly, almost walking at one point. I only got 1.4 miles run in 15 minutes. It is what it is. I'm not happy about it, but like I said, it is what it is. Once the race was over, I walked a cool-down lap and was told the results would be out after all competition was over. I'll update the post as soon as I know...I'm sure I was at the end.
Well, that was my first competition of the New Year. Here's to many great competitions in 2012. Have you had a competition yet? How did it go?
It took awhile, and a smarter person would hold on to these results and not write about them, but they serve a purpose. Here are my results:
I placed 2nd in my age group! Can yo believe that?!?! Yeah, you guessed it...there were only two people...