It’s been EONS it feels like since the Lifetime Fitness Indoor Tri that i did earlier this month. Yet since then, we’ve packed. We’ve moved. We’re in the process of building a home – so I can’t really say I’ve been doing nothing – even if there hasn’t been a huge amount of minutes worked out or miles run. Life man. Life.
They had two people per lane, which was pretty convenient – i’m not super strong in the swim and I’m fairly certain the last time I swam was August. WHOOPS.
We swam 10 minutes and were scored by the number of laps.
Total laps: 15
Transition 1: we had 10 minutes to change and get ourselves up to the bike. I wish i had been more organized BUT
The bike was 30 minutes – they had some awesome jams and once I got my resistance down, I cruised along. I hadn’t been spinning either – so I probably could have done better.
total distance: 8.3 miles
Transition 2: Had 5 minutes. Pretty much sprinted to the treadmills. Struggled with my feet and shoes and just…m’eh.
I had a really hard time getting in my groove for the run. I tried doing 4 and 1 intervals. I tried getting into it by picking up the speed – it was only 20 minutes right? I had hoped to fit in 2 miles – but came just short.
total distance: 1.72 miles
The event was points based – I got 125 points, which put me in the top third of the women’s open category.
All in all, super well organized (Ironman is one of the sponsors along with LifeTime Fitness). The Lifetime Fitness facility in Columbia where my event was held, was absolutely beautiful. My colleague goes there with her beau and says it’s super nice. If I had more time (and more cash money) I’d get a membership there but it’s only convenient to work and not some place I’d want to go to on the weekends.
It’s a fun event – it’s meant to kick off the new year – there were people of all abilities – people who were clearly using the event to kick off new, healthy habits which I thought was fantastic. That being said, it’s a pretty vigorous hour – no matter what your athletic ability is. I recommend fueling as if you would any other race. I had a gel with me for the run in case I ran out of gas (which I did), and a water bottle – though they were handing out water bottles during the bike and run which was super helpful.
You don’t need spinning shoes, you don’t need to run, you just need to move and keep moving. That’s really the beauty of this event and really any event like the Resolution runs that we so often see around the new year. It’s an ability to turn a new leaf.
If you’re near a Lifetime Fitness center and see one of these events? I highly, highly recommend! I had a great time doing it – even though I’m not a member of LifeTime Fitness myself – it’s open to members and non-members alike. The staff was fantastic and they gave us t-shirts, swim caps and had tons of food (bagels! peanut butter! bananas! pea crisps! – you know the usual post-race food) and a beautiful locker room/sauna area that I took full advantage of (Hubs called many times being like “where are you?!” and i was all like…steam room. bbl. (via text. not via phone. I did not bring my phone in the steam room. That’s weird.)
All in all? Great event. I gave a great showing for having a rough November/December, and was really pretty proud of how I did despite all that. Definitely a great way to kick off the new year for sure.