I wouldn’t exactly call Sunday’s Life Time indoor tri a race, but it was fun to dust off the transition cobwebs and start the year with some swimbikerun.
But, first… haaa-uge shout-out to Coeur Sports teammate Amy Gluck. More than two years after a devastating bike accident (she was hit by a negligent truck driver), she returned to triathlon, participating in the Life Time indoor tri in Commerce Township, Michigan. Amy is the absolute epitome of heart and courage, and I am so proud and honored to call her my teammate ♥
The nitty gritty of the Indoor Triathlon Hour powered by Life Time Tri and Ironman: a 10-minute pool swim (duh… it was -2ºF here), 30-minute bike and 20-minute run, all for distance.
I swam at somewhat uncomfortable pace and finished about 5m from 600m total, not bad coming off a few days of being sick and swimming once the past 10 days. Nick and I shared a lane, and though he took an early lead, I dusted him by about 25m (ha!).
The bike… eh. Spin bikes aren’t my favorite, and I don’t have SPDs (Hokas are good bike shoes, right?!), but still managed nine miles, which was oddly tougher than intervals on my trainer. My glutes were burning by the end thanks to the ill-fit bike (the saddle should have been higher, but I didn’t want to get off once I started pedaling).
And, the run… coach gave me strict instructions to not run hard. So I settled in at a comfortable 8:15 pace and dropped it a bit from there, running 2.54 miles total. Apparently all this run-slow-to-run-fast business is working because this run wasn’t hard at all and am certain I could have maintained 7:00 pace. Super excited for a couple spring running races!
All in all, a super fun, no pressure indoor event for all fitness levels! If you’re looking to try triathlon, this is a great way to start.
Happy swimbikerunning, friends!