I was encouraged by a friend to race the Desert Triathlon as my first race because it is a lake swim and well managed course. I had to work on the Saturday when the Sprint Distance competed so I bit the bullet and went out for the Olympic. What did I learn in my first race?
March 3, 2012 - La Quinta, CA Olympic Distance 3/4 mile swim, 24 mile bike, 6 mile run
1. I need a tri bag because there is so much STUFF to carry
2. 3/4 of a mile swim looks like a long way and it is best to just not think about it
3. Other triathletes that are more experienced are very helpful
4. Having a pinwheel on the end of my bike rack was really helpful in finding it - I struggle with directions so this actually put my mind at ease
5. I am stronger on the bike than I thought
6. Do not spend over 2 minutes racking your bike and tying your running shoes - I honestly do not know what I was doing
8. Becoming faster and stronger has turned into a little game and I honestly do not know what the end results will be this season but I came in 13 out of 40 in my age group with some okay times (minus transitions) on my first race so now it's "let the games begin".
I am sure that my first season out will have some challenging adventures but I saw in March in the dry desert that this will be fun.
(Editor Note: First race? Wow! Let's all congratulate you on awesome effort and great report!)