On February 7, I posted up information on the very first triathlon that my husband and I participated in : Club Med Triathlon #1. I added a second post with pictures of the event to the Bike Diva blog: Photos of Club Med Triathlon #1. On Sunday, March 27 my husband and I participated in the Club Med Triathlon #2.
After posting about the first Club Med triathlon, quite a few of our Team in Training triathlon team mates expressed interest in attending the next race. Team in Training is the main fund-raising organization for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Eight of our team mates joined us for the second triathlon at Club Med. It was pretty cool seeing all the Team in Training triathlon suits during the race - GO TEAM!
Bike Diva's 2nd Triathlon
My second triathlon didn't go as well as my first, and I was struggling at the first one. I thought I would do much better at my second ever triathlon race, as it was at the same course as the first one. But I ran into a bit of trouble during the swim. Here's some of the information I posted to my Facebook page.
- Lynn's race report: jelly fish wrapped around my hand, wrist and arm during the swim causing major panic attack and breathing problems. Swim sucked, race sucked, triathlons suck. Duathlons are starting to look attractive again.
- My awesome friend Tami Ryf Young stayed with me for the rest of the swim. She could tell I was freaking out. :)
- I even got on one of the rescue jet skis for a couple of minutes. Thank goodness for volunteers.
- I also got kicked and swum over during the swim. But that's supposed to be normal for a Tri so I tried not to let that bother me. I just can't get over my fear of open water, kind of bumming me out. :(
Above: Members of the Palm Beach Team in Training triathlon team at Club Med triathlon #2. Left to right; Coach Louis Blanco, Stacey Ryerson, Lynn Smythe, Rob Smythe, Tina O'brien, Chris Maly, Jen Coull, Tami Young, Sandra Holahan.
Bike Diva's Race Results
I'm almost embarrassed to post the results of my second triathlon, since I was so much slower than my first race, 7 minutes and 37 seconds slower to be exact. I was going to throw in the towel and DNF the race after getting stung by the jelly fish. But when I realized the rescue jet skier wasn't going to chauffeur me back to shore, I got back in the water to complete the swim. I had 3 really bad panic attacks during the rest of the swim. I was going to quit after getting out of the water so I just started walking back to transition. But a lot of my friends were out there racing, 2 of whom were there for their first ever triathlon. I knew they weren't going to give up so I kept going. We also had the Team in Training cheerleader crew of Micki & Scott Fetterman and Nicole Switzer out there to keep us motivated.
I don't know if the jelly fish stings were affecting my asthma, or if I was just still freaking out from being so scared in the water, but I never felt like I could breath very well during the rest of the race. I sounded like I had gravel in my chest - just call me WHEEZY. Not being able to breath well during the bike and run sucked, but didn't cause me to panic, unlike not being able to breath well during the swim. I had to run/walk the run portion of the race, which is pretty pathetic for a run that is only 3.1 miles. I hated every minute of the race and am seriously thinking of switching back to duathlons.
Here are my official race results from the Race Smith website:
- Swim: 21:35
- T1: 2:08
- Bike: 34:39
- T2: 1:03
- Run: 36:04
- Total time: 1:35:27
- Overall: 121 out of 134
- Female: 30 out of 41
- Age group: 5 out of 6 women 45-49
Above: Rob's new Jamis Xenith T triathlon bike, purchased from On Your Mark bike shop.
Mr. Bike Diva's Race Results
My husband, Rob, had a fantastic second triathlon race. He improved his time by 12 minutes and 44 seconds, that is AWESOME! Part of that time difference was that he stayed with me during the swim of our first triathlon. But this time he was in it to win it and even though I still wasn't that comfortable in the water, I have to get over my fear of open water swims so told him to go have his own race. The second reason he was so much faster, he just got his very first triathlon bike, a Jamis Xenith T. So his run split showed an almost 4 minute improvement, a triathlon bike saves your running legs so you are a much stronger runner after getting off the tri bike as opposed to using a road bike.
Club Med website: sandpiperbay.clubmed.us/fitness/race-series
Twitter page: http://twitter.com/#!/ClubMedOfficial
Register for the next Club Med sprint triathlon, which takes place on May 21, on Active.com: http://www.active.com/running/port-st-lucie-fl/club-med-race-series-race-3-2011
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva