My 1st Triathlon Experience..!! I'm a Triathlete!! 9/27/09

Thursday, October 01, 2009

I remember back in 2007 when I was training at the gym with my personal trainer and I asked him..."Hey, whatcha doin this weekend" and he said.."Oh, I'm doing the Chicago Triathlon"...I replied, "Oh I would LOVE to do a Tri one day"....and well....I can finally say that I'm a Triathlete, ME...YES!!!!

It was mid June 2009 and I said to myself...Adriana, its now or never..you can do this and by the end of the day I had signed up for the Danskin Triathlon. There was no turning back now..I had to start training and training HARD! The running and biking I had down...but the swim scared me...880yds! Thats 1/2 a mile...can I really do that? I started chatting with my Fellow Triathletes looking for a great training program and my friend Nitro told me about Trinewbies.com, I checked it out and I said Oh yes..this training program is definetly for me! It was an 11 week program and it was for beginners, like myself. I started training July 6th and for the next 11 weeks I had to take every training day seriously! The was a committment and I couldnt let anything or anyone get in the way. I trained before work, afterwork on the weekends, etc. Though I did spend quite a bit of money...it was SO WORTH IT!

The Lake!..... Getting to the lake and the pool was a challenge for me. I wasnt scared of the water, just knowing that if I wanted to put my feet down in the lake..it wasnt going to be possible. I had to train my body, but most of all my mind. I was in the water about 3-4x a week and what a workout that was! Weeks 5-8 were BRICK workout weeks...this is where I had the most fun! I was a newbie and these workouts really kicked me butt, but I was all about training hard!

A few weeks leading into my 1st Tri, I began to get very nervous! Was I going to drown, fall off my bike, collapse on the running course..I even had dreams, ekk! I had been training for 10 weeks at this point and if I was doing good so far..I shouldnt worry, right? I took a breather and went for a run...as I was running, I began to shed a few tears...Tears of joy, that is. In just 2 weeks I was going to be doing a Triathlon! Never in a million years would I have even thought to myself that I could train for this...but NEVER say NEVER...this wasnt a dream, I was really living this!

1 week away...it was getting down to the wire, I was pumped and ready to go...I took the last week of training very easy, I didnt wanna push it so much. Got in a last swim on Thursday and I was good to go, packed all my gear and headed for Pleasant Prairie, WI that saturday morning.

Got to the hotel...unpacked, set aside gear for the morning and went to pickup my packet, racked my bike...set my things up at my transition area and the best part was getting my body markings, I was so pumped by this time!! We all headed back to the hotel.. had dinner with my family, went shopping and then went to sleep...this was going to be my last night as a Tri Virgin!! lol Got up at 530am...took a shower and got suited up in my wetsuit and had my "Breakfast of Champions" and headed towards the course! I wasnt going to be getting into the water until 7:46am...so I had sometime to snap some pix with the family, with Monica and of the Lake! I was in WAVE 17 and Monica took off in Wave 11. Getting up to the gate I thought I'd be nervous, but I had sometime before the swim to get into the lake and feel the water...it was so warm! That made me even more excited haha. I got in with my Wave and was at the Swim Start..this was it for me...No Turning Back! lol Gun went off and I was in the water...oooweee!!! I kid you not... I thought I was in the lake for days lol...but when I got my time...I was in the lake for 00:24:45, OMG!!!!! I couldnt believe it, wooohooo!!! I kicked @ss! Then I got outta the water...ran to my transition area for T1...got my gear off, put on my biking gear and took off! It was a long 12.5 miles, but I made it back alive. The road was a bit rocky, hilly and deserted, but I had to keep my eye on the prize. 00:52:46 minutes later..I was back for transiton #2 and got my bib #, changed shoes and got my butt on the running course. (by this time my legs were SHOT! lol) Running is my thang, but it took me 00:40:37 minutes to run a 5k...but aint NO SHAME in that! hehe I was getting close to the end, I could almost taste it! As I was running, I could hear people chanting "LETS GO 1624"!!! I also couldnt believe how much love Wisconsin had for CPD, yahhhoo! lol I was honored to have represented the CPD Triathlon Team, cant wait to train with all you guys soon. :)

As I was crossing the finish...everything that I worked so hard for was leading up to this! I did it!!!!!! 2:08: BABY!!!! Ohhhh what a FEELING!!! I'm a Triathlete, :::crying::::


A special thank you to Nitro for telling me all about Trinewbies.com, To Mike...Thank you for letting me train with Trek 1000..she was good to me!! To all My Spark friends...YOU ALL ARE THE BEST! Miranda..one of my besties, you really made my day when I received your "Thinking of You" card in the mail...LOVE YOU GIRL!! And last, but not least I want to thank my parents...Mommy and Daddy...I truely & deeply love you both...I'm so proud to be called your daughter and to the man who has supported me since day 1 my boyfriend Jeff...thank you baby for following me all along the course taking pix, Thank you for believing in me I love you baby!! Oh and I must not forget MONICA!!! My fellow Triathlete who signed up for the race as well and completed it with a great time! Who can say that they did a Triathlon on their Birthday....Monica can!! Congrats to you honey, you did an awesome job!!!

After completing my 1st Tri...I am hooked! This is exactely what happened after I ran my 1st 8k and 6 months later I was running the Chicago Marathon..this is an addiction, but a GREAT one! lol


Tri season is over...but cannot wait for next year!

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    This is on my bucket list and you made it sound soooo unbelievably rewarding!!! Congratulations what a rush!! One day I hope. This year I am working on 10km...one step at a time! emoticon
    3924 days ago
    congrats, triathlete!!
    3977 days ago
    Congrats Beautiful! I had the biggest smile on my face the entire time I read this. I'm so proud of you! YOU ROCK GIRL!!

    3995 days ago
    Omg you rock. I miss you! Congrats on the Tri!
    3997 days ago
    She ROX INDEED! Woo Hoo! You are such an inspiration! You go girl!
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    4002 days ago
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    OMG, you totally rock! I don't know that I'd ever want to do a triatholon who knows, right?! It sounds like a challenge and it sounds like you really worked your little @$$ off to train for it. I am so proud of you, you are amazing!!! I know I'm doing things now I never thought I would or could do like running... I never thought I'd be a runner, I used to hate running. Not anymore, I actually feel so great after a run. Like, nothing can stop me! Isn't that such an awesome feeling? I think so. Never stop, cause you just inspire the heck out of me girl!!! ((HUGS))
    4012 days ago
  • JENB_121
    YAY! What a cool race report, I felt excited FOR you, lol. You should be so proud of yourself Adriana!
    Hope all else in your life is going well. Fill me in at some stage when you have time.
    Jen xxx
    4015 days ago
    What a **WONDERFUL** experience...
    I'm totally teared up for you right now!
    So glad you shared this with us!
    100% inspiration!
    4020 days ago
    That's so awesome! Congrats! You must feel INCREDIBLE!!!
    4028 days ago
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    emoticon Good 4 u!!
    4036 days ago
    Great race recap! You should be super proud of yourself for turning some day into your day!!!
    4036 days ago
    Your are right you do rock. Well done amazing woman.
    4037 days ago
  • MYTURN11
    Thank you for posting, that was a very exciting blog to read on a Friday or any day of the week for that matter. I love how you trained and your positive mindset and endurance. Very inspirational and you look great too. Big congratulations to you! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4040 days ago
    I am planning on doing that Tri next year. I actually go to the Rec Plex everyday and was on the treadmill watching all of you amazing athletes! Such a tremendous accomplishment! Way to go. Hope to see you next year! Christie
    4040 days ago
    I'm doing my first tri Dec 6th... I've been thinking about it for years, finally did the Trek Women's Duathlon this summer and now I'm committed to the tri... haven't started training yet (oh no!!) but I've got a 1/2 M next weekend that I want to get out of the way first...

    Congratulations on an awesome finish!! You definitely have inspired me emoticon
    4040 days ago

    You ROCK!!!
    4040 days ago
  • SHORTY20
    Congratulations!!!!!! emoticon
    4041 days ago
    Way to go! Danskin in Pleasant Prairie was my "first" last year! (I agree the crowds there are great). I have done 2 more this year and they are totally addicting! I hope to keep doing them for years to come! Way to go!!! Reading your post gave me shivers and tears of joy remembering that "first-timer" feeling!!! :) Thanks for sharing, and you beat my first time on that course!! I was at 2:20! :)
    4041 days ago
    Reading this was inspiring!! Good for you girl!
    4041 days ago
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    Wow, that is awesome! congrats to you. I'm not good swimmer at all, but I keep thinking about maybe joining up for a Tri. What a great challenge! Did you have some swimming skills before signing up? what did you do to develop your swimmin skills?
    4041 days ago
    Tri's are on my "someday" list but after reading your blog I may just have to move one up to the "soon" list!

    Great job!!

    4041 days ago
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    Congratulations!!! Tri's are super addictive, and I'm sure you will have lots of fun looking and doing your next few!!!!

    4041 days ago
    WOW!! Congrats to you on accomplishing such a major feat!! I can't swim nor bike, so I'll stick to the running.
    4041 days ago
  • AJHOZ1
    Congrats on your first Tri!!! I did my first in April and I plan on doing that one again. Its amazing to go through and look at where you start and then see where you end!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    4041 days ago
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