Thursday, June 6, 2013

Upcoming race: Esprit de She Triathlon in Naperville

This Sunday I plan to finish my second triathlon, the Esprit de She in Naperville, Illinois. The race consists of a .5 mile swim, 14 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run. Which is twice the distance of my first triathlon. I’m pretty anxious. I’ve been swimming throughout the winter and I feel very comfortable in the water. I’ve been running. But I haven’t been biking really. I’ve gotten in two rides. A 6 miler a few weeks ago and a 10 miler last Saturday. That ride was followed by a 1 mile run. I felt fine during the ride and got through that awkward feeling of the transition from biking to running. But post workout- I was zonked. Just thinking about adding a half mile swim to that makes me nervous.

I got some video at my last day in the pool. I was tired that evening and it showed! It has not been warm enough to get in any open water swimming, so pool training will have to do. The greatest difference between this race and my last is that I did the majority of my swim training in the lake. The Esprit de She swim portion is held in a man-made lake. So I expect it to be a cross between a pool and open water.

Breaststroke: I feel this stroke takes a lot of energy and that I move very slowly through the water. Arm leg coordination is crucial for this stroke. It's more effort than it's worth in my opinion.
Backstroke: This is my strongest stroke. Once I get over the fact that water will unpredictably run over my face, I can move quickly. My weakness is keeping my legs at the surface. They tend to drop.
Freestyle: This stroke is most comfortable for me. I'm not very efficient though. My arm tends to hang out in the air a few seconds as I'm pulling it out of the water to take a breath.

Per usual I will move at my own pace. I do not have a time goal other than to finish before the race time limit, three hours. I’m taking it easy this week; focusing on hydrating to avoid the wonderful calf cramps I tend to get while swimming. I’m visualizing crossing the finish line and getting my medal!


Anonymous said...

Best of luck to you Margaux! I know you'll do great!

Margaux Mays said...

Thank you!

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