Getting ready for TRI…

September 25, 2008 at 5:31 am (triathlon)

There has been this long time desire to do a triathlon. So when I shared idea with my runner buddy Rajeev, he was totally with me. With season is coming to end, we had only one triathlon event in Bay Area where we can give a try and that was on 21st Sept in Pleasanton.

With around two and half weeks time to get ready, we have to work on the plan which was very simple one: Big mantra was Make sure we don’t fool with swimming! Since event is scheduled as open water swim in Shadow Cliff Lake, we needed to get some exposure to lake swimming. With my prior experience (thanks to my most recent vacation to dream place!) it was sure that we have to use wet suit to make sure our life is safe (so that we can do more triathlons rather than marking this as final one 😀).

During first week of practice, we tried to swim this distance in pool. Also over the weekend I put 22 miler on bike to get accustomed with it. It was bit tiring but rewarding. Most important task from action plan was getting comfortable with open water. It turned out that over the weekends Quarry lakes do offer swimming in presence of life guards (But during fall time starting Sept 21, there no lifeguards till start of spring/summer.) During this early trial we wanted get the feel of swim with wet suit. This meeting gave confidence to do more such sessions during weekdays on early mornings. By end of second week, we were able comfortable to do go the 700 yard distance non stop.

As last exercise, we did do brick run which included 16 mile bike followed by 4 mile run. With that we end up our pratice and thought to be ready for event.

More later after the race completion. Till then ciao.

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