Above: Bike Diva and her husband at swim finish of the Club Med triathlon #1. I was the slowest swimmer of the day and had my own personal escort of jet skiers, kayaks and rescue boats by the end of the swim.
Club Med Race Photos
Yesterday I posted up my report of the very first triathlon my husband and I participated in on Sunday: Club Med Triathlon #1. Today I was checking out the official race photographs on the Event Pictures website and decided to purchase a couple of digital photos taken of my husband and I during the race.
Above: We did it! Survived the swim portion of our first ever triathlon.
Above: Bike Diva back in her natural element; on the bike!
Above: Bike Diva's husband Rob. He is a cycle coach for our local Team in Training chapter which helps raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We are currently training for the FAU triathlon with TNT. GO TEAM!
To Sock or Not to Sock
During the past few weeks I've been experimenting going sock-less during my bike and run trainings. I figured my feet would be pretty wet after the swim portion of a triathlon, and that it would be a faster transition to get into my bike shoes without first putting socks on. I've done up to a 30 mile bike ride, while sock-less, with no problems so I was confident that the bike portion of a sprint distance race wouldn't present any issues. The bike portion of the Club Med sprint triathlons is 10.72 miles.
I also decided to go sock-less during the run portion of Sunday's race. Since it was a sprint triathlon, the run portion was only 5k, or 3.1 miles. I've done runs up to 6 miles long without socks, so I knew 3.1 miles would be no problem. Still not sure if I totally like running sock-less. I think for events which have a longer run, I would take the time to put on a pair of socks after getting off the bike.
Above: Crossing the finish line. It's official, the Bike Diva is now a triathlete!
Above: Rob crossing the finish line of his very first triathlon. It was an emotional day. I was waiting by finish line, and we both broke out in tears when Rob crossed the finish line. He broke his arm November 20, had bladder cancer surgery December 15 and under went the second of one year's worth of cancer treatments on Thursday afternoon. So the fact that he was even at the race was pretty amazing.
Club Med Triathlon #2
My husband and I plan on doing the Club Med Triathlon #2 which takes place on March 27. Our friend and fellow Team in Training team mate Tami has already signed up for the race, and we are working on getting our team mate Tina to also sign up for the race. I posted up the complete Club Med Triathlon race series schedule on yesterday's blog post but here it is again:
- Sunday, February 6 - sprint triathlon
- Saturday, March 26 - 5k & 10k running races
- Sunday, March 27 - sprint triathlon
- Saturday, May 21 - sprint triathlon, 5k & 10k running races
- Sunday, May 22 - Olympic triathlon
- Saturday, July 23 - 5k & 10k running races
- Sunday, July 24 - sprint triathlon
- Saturday, September 10 - sprint triathlon, 5k & 10k running races
- Sunday, September 11- Olympic triathlon
- Saturday, November 5 - 5k & 10k running races
- Sunday, November 6 - sprint triathlon
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva