When I hear the word Triathlon I immediately become intimidated. You have to be in some serious shape to tackle one of these babies so participating in one was never something I ever considered. However, being a member of LifeTime Fitness I kept seeing all these signs for their first inaugural Indoor Triathlon and became curious as to how it worked. I decided to stop and ask someone to see what all it entailed and found out that it was a distance based Tri but more of a time based Tri and at that moment I decided I wanted to do it.
The Indoor TRI consisted of a 10 minute swim, 30 minute bike ride and a 20 minute treadmill run. Since it was my first time ever trying anything like this, I decided to just have fun with it and see where I fell in the scheme of things. Surprisingly enough though, I was able to complete 12 laps in the pool, 6 miles on the bike and 1.53 miles on the treadmill.
For the swim we were two to a lane and we were given an awesome neon colored swim cap to use. I have never been a competitive swimmer so I knew that swimming was going to be my most difficult part. Before my wave my sister in law and I decided to watch the wave before us. There were many beginner swimmers doing laps and some even walking them which made me feel much better! My sister in law is a simmer so I knew she would blow me out of the water!
We rushed to change out of our swim suits and ran upstairs to the studio just in time for our cycle session to begin. The cycle portion was really….well..painful. I’ve never taken a cycle class before but I mean cycling in general seems pretty straight forward. Well, peddling wasn’t an issue but the pain my ass endured was more than I ever imagined. It only took 5 minutes before the pain kicked in and I tried my hardest to just focus on the music but it hurt so damn bad! I totally understand why people wear padded shorts now.
The running for 20 minutes I wasn’t too worried about. I had been sick for the last 3 months straight so running was never on my list of things to do. I did however keep up with my dance classes which I believe is what saved me. I took a slow and easy pace of 4.3 to complete my mileage since I didn’t want to push myself too hard and wear myself out quickly.
Overall I honestly had a blast completing the LifeTime Indoor Tri and I can’t wait to sign up for the next one to see how much I improve overall. So when that time rolls around I will be recruiting all of you to come join me!