Last weekend I participated in the local annual FUN Nome triathlon, Stroke & Croak. (Huge thanks to Sharon for always putting this event on each year!) It’s a very heavily weighted swim course with 1600 meter (1 mile) swim, 4 mile run and 8 mile bike. About every other year I like to do this event to stretch out a different set of muscles... like running. Running is not exactly exciting for me and, well, I’d rather step on some nails than run. I just don't know how those ultrarunners do it.
Occasionally, I throw around the idea of competing in a few triathlons to offer up a little fun racing variety. At first, I was disheartened when I came down with an incredibly virulent sore throat and chest cold two days before the event. It was so harsh I thought I had strep followed by bronchitis. I lay in bed hacking on Saturday completely wiped out and thought there was no way I would compete. However, I was also the swimming leg of a relay for the event so I took one for the team and mustered up.
Fortunately, by Sunday the fast moving illness decided I wasn’t a good host and left. Overall I was happy with the result of 1 hr 24 min:
Swim: 21 min & change
Run: 32 min
Bike: 27 min
T1,2: 3 min
There's room for improvement and I'll see what I can do till the next event. My brother is doing a triathlon in July in NY and I hope to join him if I can get off the wait list.