Today we did three mini triathlons at Kailua Beach Park. We staged by the lot and from there we did our swim, bike, run; our run, swim, bike; and our bike, run, swim.
Do you see what we did there?
KC Carlberg, our Try Fitness Hawaii coach, calls it the Grand Prix for our Honolulu Tinman training. The ocean at Kailua Beach Park today was very rough and choppy. I’d assert that if we can swim that, we can swim just about anything. The bike ride is always easy for me. The run is not. Everyone says nice things to me as they gallop past me. Such is life in the slow lane. I don’t know if I’ll get any faster. I probably will be a little faster during the events, because I think adrenaline drives us to achieve.
It took me until I was nearly through with the first set, toward the end of the run, before I was able to calm down. I had that anxiety in the water again. I was worried about the big waves, I was worried about losing or being last. But by the time I got into the water the second time, all that was past me. I know to go in the water for a little while before I participate in the North Shore swims and it really does help me calm down. Now to master the vertigo at the end of the swim.
Today’s stats. Just for the bike. I don’t have a Garmin for triathlons. So the gaps are where I ran and swam.
When I first started training with Try Fitness, KC referred to the triathlon transition as the fourth sport of triathlons. Today’s workout incorporated transitions every which way possible. I have learned how to set up my transition station the way I like it as I’ve done it twice already. I use a yoga mat, a 2-liter bottle of water to rinse my feet, and I leave my tri shoes open, and my running shoes have those fast and stretchy doohickie laces. I always have a towel and if I’m just out of the water, I kinda pat down my bottom half so I don’t go all squishy on the bicycle seat.
There is one big problem for me. Or a trillion tiny problems: Ironwood pine cones. Teensy and nasty to step on and they sometimes get caught in my tri-shoe cleets. Ugh!
I went to the sports medicine doctor on Friday, and he had a good laugh about my coming in two weeks before the Tinman knowing full well I would not skip it. In fact, I told him I wanted to come in the day after but I was in too much pain now. So he set me up with a diagnosis, provided me with exercises, made me promise I’d ice it every day, and he prescribed shoe inserts because I’m flat footed. I run with a mid-foot strike. Believe it or not, the knee doesn’t hurt that much when I run. It’s AFTER. And when I walk it goes all boingy and hyper extends. For that reason he says I should use elevated slippers and shoes with a moderate heel for day-to-day footwear. OK! He also said he doesn’t think I should do the marathon readiness series, but to prepare at my own pace, which is slower than that. He also threw in how he’s thinking about doing the Tinman. Kids these days!
The Tinman is July 29.