So today I completed my first indoor triathlon! It was sponsored by Fitness Formula Club for Chicago Tri Club members. It was a great opportunity to practice triathlon skills, get a hard workout in, and also catch up with CTC friends I met thsi past summer! This was a sprint distance, computrainer triathlon
The 750 meter swim was done in the pool. We started in 3 separate waves, half an hour apart. I was in the second wave, so I got to cheer on friends in the first wave – my friend Christina was a rockstar & finished first in the swim in that wave! For my swim I did two things to keep track of my laps: wore my SportCount lap counter, and also counted up & down (“1 down, 16 to go,” “2 down, 15 to go”).
I didn’t swim at all in the last week and a half, so I felt a bit out of sorts in the pool today. But I swam hard and finished in 15:40. I have a goal to work toward though — get down to my friend Christina’s time of 12:xx!
We brought our own bikes into the Computrainer studio, and before the race we set up & calibrated our bikes. We did a 20K portion of the Leon’s Triathlon. I did a motivating course ride yesterday, so I was a bit sore for today’s ride. But I completed the 20K in 42:18, faster than any other bike course I’ve done in triathlon! (I know that the computrainer course does eliminate a few key things from an outdoor bike course: not having to monitor bikes around you, work on balancing, worry about road conditions).
I rode hard, and there were a few people who started about the same time as me so it was a race to the finish!
Moving onto the 5K run on the treadmill, I was much more beat than I’d expected! I’d been doing my 3-4 mile runs on the treadmill at approximately 9:30-9:40 miles, but I struggled to keep that up during the triathlon. I had also adjusted my playlist, which didn’t work as well (added in songs slower than I like to run to), so it was a bit of a struggle. I took a few “walk interval” breaks, and finished in a total of 29:xx.
This was a good race to keep up in the off season. It wasn’t super official, but I think this event gives me some benchmarks for treadmill running & swimming to use throughout this winter. It was a great event from the teambuilding that occurred among all of the CTC club members who were there. We also had some great volunteers – and I’d love to help out at a future one, even if I don’t race it!
Afterward we headed over to Goose Island for some further “team building” – lots of fun to recap the moments and celebrate the accomplishments with some good food & beverage!