My first (super) sprint triathlon is in 6 days! Gulp! How the heck did that happen? I am so thankful that it is the super sprint distance (read: very tiny. If a Sprint is analogous to a 5K then a Super Sprint is the kids’ fun run.) Even though it is a short distance, I am still extremely nervous!
We were discussing it at dinner last night and we all decided that the run would be a piece of cake. Did I mention that this is a reverse tri so the run will be first? It is 1.5 miles and I’m not worried about that at all. I just need to warm up properly before hand since it will be so incredibly short. Even the 200 yd swim is not looming too large in my head. Little Runner came to my swim session on Saturday and saw me really swim for the first time. He was pretty surprised! Up until then, he has only seen me goof around in the community pool. We both agreed, however, that the crawl is by far my best stroke.
No, my biggest worry is the 4 miles on the bike. Due to the Winter That Will Never End, I have only been able to ride outside twice. I cannot clip in and out of my pedals. Heck, I still have a problem even starting! So, what am I going to do? This is such a short race, I need to just pull the band-aid off and get it done. The bike course is pretty flat but there are a lot of corners and U-turns. I might be able to get into my aero bars but I’m okay if I can’t. I’m also not going to worry about bike shoes and clips. I plan to run in my Asics and keep them on for the ride. In the first transition, I will only need to switch my bib to the back, put on my helmet, and get my bike. I will likely lose a lot of time on the bike leg but I’m okay with that. (sorry, just trying to beat that through my brain)
Breath in. Breath out. It will be okay. At least I am going in to this with just one truly horrible weak spot. The bike is taking longer than I had hoped but I know I will get there by summer.