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This was my first triathlon attempt, an indoor effort. Originally billed as a 30 min swim, 30 min stationary bike and 30 min treadmill run, the swim was shortened to 20 min for an unknown reason. My goals were better than 1200 yards for the 30 min swim, avg 18.5 mph for the bike and 3.5 miles or more for the run. As an aside, I am diabetic so my other concern was keeping my blood sugar at a steady state. I have had difficulties with this during road races which has affected my performance. Each segment was followed by a 5 min transition.<br>
Swim<br>
I was in the third wave. It was clear from the start that I was amongst fishes. Many of the swimmers were churning out 1:20-1:30 100 yd splits. Everyone was sharing lanes. At the start my blood sugar was 80 which is good. My first 100 was in 1:55 which was way too fast. I then became distracted and crashed into the guy sharing my lane. Tired from the first 100 I slowed to a comfort pace. The mandatory swim cap started to feel like a crown of thorns but I fought the urge to remove it for fear of being disqualified. Finished 800 yards and missed my first goal.<br>
Bike<br>
Ran into the locker room and quickly changed, got to the bikes with 1 min left. Measured my blood sugar at 82, again good. I was really hot from the swim but as we started the bike I realized I had left my water bottle in my bag, oh well. Did the first 10 min at 18.5 pace. Then I started to tire and spun for a while. At 15 min got a cramp in my right calf so I continued spinning until it worked itself out around min 20. Last 10 min went at a good pace, avg around 19 mph for the last 4-5 min. Ended with 9.05 miles or avg 18.1 mph and missed second goal. Realistically 18 mph would have been a good goal but I was shooting high.<br>
Run<br>
Checked my blood sugar again 77, great. Got on the treadmill and started at a 8:30 pace planning to increase as tolerated. After 2 minutes got significant cramps in both calves. Dialed it back to 8:50 and prayed the cramps would go away. I considered stopping to stretch but I kept plugging away. Started to feel better at 2 miles so I went to increase the pace, instead I hit the pause button and lost all my information. Fortunately the woman running next to me had been looking at my display so the organizers agreed to add 2 miles to whatever I was able to complete over the next 12 minutes. The woman next to me then encouraged me to pick up the pace so I did to 8:12/mile. After 8 minutes went to increase my pace to finish strong and guess what I did again. Again my neighbor vouched for me. Fininshed the last 4 min sub 8. Final mileage 3.46. I think I would have made this goal if not for the 2 stoppages. It took a long time to get back up to speed<br><br>
The experience was really enjoyable. I was happy to at least come close to my goals. I was ecstatic to keep my blood sugars so even. I was unable to stay for the results but I think I was middle of pack after being BOP for the swim.<br>
Lessons learned<br>
1) I need to have my stroke analyzed. This is already in the works, furthermore, I met the coach of a local masters team at the race and he invited me to their workouts.<br>
2) I think I have a lot more untapped potential in the bike. I have only been working on the bike for 3 months and just recently got my trainer. My longest workouts have been 30-40 min. I think this may be my best event in the future<br>
3) I need to keep hydrated and stretch to maybe avoid cramps<br><br>
Looking forward to my next attempt. Thanks for all the encouragement and advice.
 

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I hate (hate, hate, hate) when I hit the stop button by mistake on the treadmill, especially when I haven't been paying attention!<br><br>
great race report, way to keep on trucking through the cramps.
 

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Did you have fun, though?<br><br><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
That's what we're here for, right? To have fun.<br><br>
Good to hear that you kept in control with the blood sugar.....yes, drink more. You'll feel better! You'll get used to the swim cap, too. Wear it when you workout, that will help.
 

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Great work RS. Some kind of mental tenacity to be able to do this on the machines. Not sure I'd be able to.<br><br>
Welcome to the club TRIATHLETE! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Congrats and nice RR, rottensquirrel. Looks like you were able to make up a nice bit of ground after the swim<br><br>
Just curious - is it a matter of trial and error in terms of controlling that blood sugar? I know people who do it with just one endeavor (i.e. running) - does the activity you're participating in make a huge difference?
 

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RS---AWESOME job!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOOT WHOOT WHOOT!!!!--sorry about the TM pauses--thats stinks! But you still managed great times (or mileages) despite the obstacles!!! so----whens the next tri? <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Great job, freaking calf cramps. Shoot me a message if you want some trainer workouts to help you get a little structure for your 40 minutes, it's fun to measure your progress and see how your body adapts to various loads on the bike.
 

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Sounds like a fun race! I have had some serious calf cramps when I didn't drink enough, or when I swim in pool that is too warm. Looks like you're off to a great start with tri racing!
 

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Nice first tri! It is a nice start and great workout! I think you needed your drink on the bike to help avoid the cramping on the run. So when is your next tri?
 

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Yay, triathlete! You might even try hydrating with something like Nuun... though I'm sure just hydrating would be a help. It's great to hear that the folks at indoor tris are as friendly and helpful as those at outdoor tris.
 

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Way to go, Doc!<br>
Sound fun... despite missing some of the goals. Not the swim though, sounds like you were on target, with the 20 minutes.<br>
When's the next one?
 

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Thanks again! I had a ton of fun! The people there were great and very helpful. The race organizers kept encouraging everyone especially on the treadmills. I was hoping for another 25-50 yards on the swim because last Weds I did 800 in 19 min during a workout. The early pace, nerves and crash took their toll.<br>
The blood sugars are real hard to control sometimes. The adrenaline rush before a race will often bump them higher. I tried hard to get the right mix of pre-race food and insulin and by the results, this was one goal I nailed. The nice thing about a tri compared to a longer run is that there are built in stops/transitions so I can check my sugars often and correct if needed.<br>
I am hoping to do another sprint in May.
 

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Awesome job!! I'm impressed! So glad you had fun too!!<br><br>
Good math! I was thinking the same thing! <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Congrats! My first tri of the season is similar to yours-20mins per discipline. Next weekend<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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AWESOME!!!!!!!!!<br><br>
I hate it when I do that on the mill, too. It happens to the best of us. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 
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