Thinking Out Loud: That Time iTri-ed

A week has passed since I completed my first technical “triathlon”. While it wasn’t even a sprint distance, it was a big challenge for me. The Plattsburgh rec department puts them on Thursdays in the summer for just $10. It’s a great way to introduce people to the challenge! I’ve thought back on it a lot this week and realized it’s perfect to look back on Thinking Out Loud style with Spoons.


The Swim – 200 meters


  • Knowing how to swim does not know you know how to swim.
  • 200m is really far.
  • Sprinting into the water is a pure waste of energy.
  • Oh, and the little pool at the end of the sand is useful to get the sand off of your feet. Duh.

The Bike – 8 mi


  • There is a big difference between a mountain bike and a road bike. Apparently road ones are like, light or something.
  • It’s best to put your shirt on before your helmet.
  • After the cold water, your legs will tighten up (especially if you have ugly calves) and it’s going to suck.
  • I also spent the 8 miles trying not to puke up lake water, which was a great time.
  • I should probably get some biking shorts.

The Run – 1.6 miles


  • That bike to run transition is weird. And don’t forget to take of your brain lid.
  • I actually ran faster than I thought I would. Mostly because my legs were so tight and moving in quick steps was my only option.
  • For a runner, the run is the most enjoyable part of a tri.

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly


  • I came in last after the swim, passed 2 people out of the swim/bike transition, and passed two people on the bike. Therefore, I came in third to last. But hey, it wasn’t last.
  • During the bike, I seriously considered dropping out before the run. I had swallowed some water during the swim, and think I aspirated some. I couldn’t breathe, hence almost puking from coughing so hard to try and get it up.
  • Despite my dismal swim/bike performance, I came in 8/19 time-wise on the run portion. I was really proud of that.
  • The soreness the next day was real.
  • I’m not doing the full tri again until I practice swimming. However they do a run/bike/run option that I hope to do again!

It’s time for me to pack up and head back to NY. I can’t believe I’ll be back to NH in just a couple of weeks for the two running portions of a biathlon/duathlon!

Have you ever tried a triathlon?

6 thoughts on “Thinking Out Loud: That Time iTri-ed

  1. NICE! Triathlons are one of the hardest sports ever. I’ve done 2 official tris and 3 unofficial, and I am so SLOW. I almost always come last out of the water on the swim. And this past time, I got passed by SO many people on my mountain bike. Oh well. It was humbling, that’s for sure.


  2. Rockstar! I think even finishing a triathlon is a huge accomplishment, so mad props to you for getting ‘er done! 😀 I honestly couldn’t imagine trying to bike and run while hacking up water, though. Eep. You should seriously be proud of yourself!


  3. Awesome job! Swimming is so strange. To walk 200M is nothing, but it seems like 200 miles when you’re swimming. At one of my tris, I swallowed a ton of water, so I know how miserable that is. Great job pushing through and finishing.


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