Well my first Olympic distance triathlon is this Sunday, Nation’s Tri in DC. I’m super excited and nervous at the same time. The sprint tri I did in July didn’t go as well as planned due to bike issues, so I’ve been dying to be able to compete at my full capability. The course itself looks pretty solid… the 1.5 K (about 1 mile) swim is half with current and half against (which is the first time I’ll be swimming against a current in a race). The 40K (25 mile) bike ride is flat and fast and detours through the monuments, one portion is a double loop which I’m not a huge fan of for two reasons 1) I’m afraid I’ll mess it up and DQ myself 2) I’m afraid of how crowded these loops will get. The 10K (6 mile) run is also flat through the monuments. Also to note that will be the furthest I’ve run without headphones… I just hate running without my music but I’m just the adrenaline and atmosphere will power me through the run.
Right now they are calling for rain on Saturday and Sunday which is very unfortunate… I hope nothing gets canceled and it doesn’t rain. I would be pretty uncomfortable riding my bike through lots of rain…. The swim could also become dangerous with lots of rain. I definitely wouldn’t mind running in the rain though. I don’t have a specific overall time goal but I guess around 3.5-4 hours. I think my swim will be around 40 minutes, I’m hoping my bike will be around 1hr 45 minutes, and run around 60 minutes. After the Tri marks the start of football season and we will head to bars to watch and celebrate. I currently reside in Philadelphia but I’m born and raised in Pittsburgh so I’m diehard Steelers fan and can’t wait to see my boys play!
What team do you cheer for? Have you ever done an Olympic triathlon before? Any insight to share for a first timer!?