A Runner Goes Outside Her Comfort Zone: Deborah’s First Duathlon
Correction, I did the Duathlon.
I didn’t swim, let’s not get all crazy here.
About the Race:
The Tri for Sight is a race that has been held in Lexington, Kentucky for the past 12 years. It is a sprint distance, 400 meter swim, 13 mile bike, 5K run. The race has donated over $100,000 to the University of Kentucky Eye Research Fund. Planning is in the works for September 11, 2016. You need to go to www.triforsight.com to check out the details and read Susan’s story.
Why did I sign up for this!?
I am a runner. I cycle only to cross train or if I have an injury. That changed this year when MB decided to train for her first full distance Ironman triathlon. MB can be out on her bike for more than 5 HOURS, she needs company. I’d try my best to keep up with her for an hour or 2 so she wouldn’t be alone.
A few months ago, an email was sent out about a discount for the Tri for Sight. I didn’t even think it through. I signed up for the Du. Panic set in after I emailed Coach Erin. I asked her if it was a good idea and would she work it into my schedule. Her response “Great idea, Duathlons are painful and you will love it!” PAINFUL, what is she talking about, I don’t want to be in PAIN!? Too late, I already registered. I tried really hard to get the other Skortaholics to do it with me. They must have already known about the painful part…..or they already had other races and commitments.
A really great thing happened after I told MB that I was going to do the Du. She loaned me her Fancy Yellow Girly Power, a real Tri bike. Cycling became my favorite discipline and I could keep up with MB (almost). I looked forward to when Coach Erin put cycling on my workout schedule.
I had to drive myself to the race. This is a big deal, my husband (or Mike) ALWAYS takes me to races, I NEVER go alone. OK, so it was only 15 minutes from my house, but whatever, I get stressed about these things. I didn’t really know what I was doing when I arrived. It didn’t really matter, there were volunteers everywhere. They pointed me in the right direction with a smile. Everyone was so helpful and friendly.
I ran, I biked and actually got to pass people. (Wearing my rainbow Pro Compression socks, of course . . . )
And then I ran again. For those of you that have never run after cycling, let me tell you, my legs did not work. I wasn’t tired, I just couldn’t feel them. This was a bit of a surprise, maybe I should have practiced that!?
One last thing . . .
Overall, it was a great race. If you are new to triathlons/duathlons, this is a good place to start. There were people of all ages, shapes and sizes, there were pros and newbies, fancy tri bikes, road bikes, commuter bikes and even mountain bikes. It didn’t matter, no one cared. Did I mention the amazing volunteers? OH and the PIZZA and BEER afterwards!
One last thing, I took first place in my age group! Not bad, not bad at all…
What have you done to get out of your comfort zone?
If you haven’t yet, what are you GOING to do! Share and commit!