This morning, I headed over to the Pueblo Athletic Club to participate in the Indoor Triathlon. Since most of my training has been at my aerobic threshold, I was curious to see what would happen if I decided to push the pace a bit more. I wasn't entirely sure if this was a good idea or not, but I decided to go ahead and go for it. It was fun, but I pushed enough to really make it hurt.Unlike a traditional triathlon, the events are completed in reverse order (run, bike, swim). In addition, your place in this event is based on how much total distance you cover.
The run consisted of 20 minutes on the treadmill. I chose the "Woodway" treadmill which is a bit narrower, but has a nice soft belt for running. I started the 20 minute run with a 10 minute/ mile warm-up of a couple of minutes. Every minute thereafter, I increased the pace on the machine by about .2 mph. I kept increasing the pace until I maxed out at about 7:00/mile. With about 4 minutes left, I backed off a bit and finished the 20 minutes at a 7:30/mile pace. My overall distance for this time was 2.5 miles. Certainly not the fastest 20 minutes I've ever run, but not the slowest either. I have to admit that I felt pretty gassed after that, but there wasn't any time to rest as we were on to the bike segment.
The last phase of the triathlon consisted of a ten minute swim. Pretty straightforward. The nice thing is that they had someone counting laps for you, so all you had to do was swim. Considering how exhausted I was from the first 50 minutes, I managed to crank out a pretty decent swim (at least for me). Nothing too fast, but I stayed fairly consistent and didn't let my technique fall apart. I did do a lot more breathing, but I also managed to flip turn the whole time, which I'm sure gained me a length or two. Total distance was .3 miles.
My official distance for the event was 18.41 miles and while I certainly wasn't the fastest person there, I was pleased with my overall performance. Especially considering that I haven't really done any kind of speed work in the last several months. Up next on the calendar is the Spring Runoff. This year I will be doing the 10k with my daughter. My only hope is that it isn't quite as intense as today's triathlon.