This past weekend, I completed my very first triathlon! It was the TRI Aggieland sprint triathlon--400m swim, 12 mi bike, and 5k run.
My day started at 4:15am. I pre-fueled with a whole wheat English muffin, sunflower seed butter, and a banana.
My sister and I arrived on campus around 5:15 and had a little bit of time to kill before transition opened at 5:30. I took time pumping air in my bike, getting my stuff together, and finally walked over. I was surprised at few people got there early. There were less than 20 people in front of me in line to get into transition. We got our bodies marked, and then were able to go inside to set up. I wore my swimsuit with tri shorts over and flip flops and packed: goggles, swim cap for the swim, a towel, shot bloks, garmin, sunglasses, helmet, socks, running shoes for T1 & T2 since I didn't have bike shoes.
Afterwards, all the competitors went inside the natatorium to wait for start, which was 7:00am. While waiting, I'm pretty sure I went to the bathroom at least 4 times. Since I had such a high number (285---we were assigned numbers based on the estimated swim time we put down during registration), I was still going in and out after the race started. Not sure if it was nerves or just drinking too much water, lol.
Finally, I was able to start lining up. The line started outside of the pool and continued into the water. We were lined up against the wall and would move slowly to the starting point, where people pushed off every 5 seconds.
I began my swim at about 7:35am. Once I started, the nervousness was gone, and I felt pretty good about the whole thing. I got passed by two people, but also passed a few. It was a snake style swim where we swam the 50m length, turned around/went under the ropes and swam up the next lane.
camera ready on the bike course!