cromit (verb) – the act of wanting to cry or vomit
As of Sunday, I am finally and officially a triathlete thanks to the Smile Train Triathlon. Last summer I decided that I wanted to complete a triathlon. That idea turned into an even crazier one – wanting to complete a full Ironman. I have two more sprint tri’s lined up, one open water swim and then in October *cue dramatic music* a half Ironman and then hopefully a full Ironman in 2019. In the spirit of tri’s, I’m going to center this race report around the number 3 and 3 things from each part of the race.
- My alarm goes off at 5:55 despite the fact that I’ve been wide awake for several hours due to pre-race butterflies (more like dinosaurs stomping around) and I go over my gear for the 100th time.
- Upon arriving at the race sight I quickly realize that my unicorn bucket and bike helmet covered in pink flowers doesn’t fit in with the typical triathlete’s gear.
- I began to learn that transitions in a triathlon is truly an art form and everyone has their own spin on it. I spent a lot of time looking around and trying to copy what I saw other people doing.
- As I was waiting to get in the pool, my main focus is trying not to cromit.
- This tri was a pool swim. All the athletes line up in number order (your bib number is based on how quickly you can complete the 250m swim – faster swimmers go first). Brent, one of the sweet race directors, was waiting at the beginning of the pool to tell each person when to start. When he realized it was “the girl who was so nervous” he told me to “tell him when I was ready” and he would start my time.
- On the bright side -The swim went well. I am a pretty slow swimmer, but I’ve gotten to the point where swimming is kind of like walking – its relatively easy and a bit slow.
Bike (12.2 miles):
- I hate cycling.
- I really hate cycling.
- I really, really hate cycling.
Run (3.1 miles):
- Ah, running – the only aspect of a tri that I have any experience with. I was so relieved to be able to put the little red devil back in the transition area and start running.
- The run was hot thanks to the NC heat and humidity and running after biking makes your legs feel really heavy.
- THE FINISH LINE! The first photo was social media approved, the second photo more realistically shows how I felt at the finish.
Top 3 things I would say to someone considering running a tri:
- Get comfortable with the idea that you may want to cromit. I am not new to race nerves and usually get a bit nervous before any race. However, the nerves I experienced Sunday don’t even come close to the way I’ve felt before any other race.
- Your first race should be a local tri that is advertised as being “family friendly” or “good for beginners.” I was blown away by how nice and supportive everyone was Sunday. Multiple times the race directors told everyone that this was a family race and only positive attitudes were allowed on the course (If you live in the triangle – check out Smile Train next year!)
- If I can do it – YOU can do it!