How many times have I heard, “I’m just doing a short triathlon- its a sprint, not those crazy hard ones that you do!”
I can tell you that the distance of the race shouldn’t matter on how “hard” it is. If you’re racing easy.... you’re really “racing” are you? I know there are a lot of events where the joy is just in finishing, I totally get that (not that I’ll ever be able to race like that lol). But if you’re going to say a sprint triathlon isn’t “hard”, you’re wrong.
This morning I raced my first of 2 triathlons this weekend. Today, Saturday, I did a sprint triathlon, and tomorrow morning I’ll be doing the Olympic.
This was the first sprint tri I’d done in about 2 years! I’ve been focusing on so many longer races that I didn’t want to “sacrifice” a training day to do the sprint. I look at that in a new light now, since after today’s race, I won’t lie, I was pretty tired- in a "I really just pushed myself" kind of way.
But the difference is in intensity- you have a lot shorter distance to go meaning you can expend the same amount of energy, just in much shorter amount of time.
I finished todays race 14th overall of 127 racers and finished 3rd in my age group. My time was a 1:07 something but the run was only 2.8 miles... HOWEVER- there was at least a .31 mile run from the water to the transition area, so I actually think my overall time is pretty accurate.
My focus on this race was just to smash the entire time and see what I could do! My swim was... well, I’m still working on it lol. I average about 22 mph on the bike- the course was pretty flat, a little headwind at some points. I’ll be doing the same course double tomorrow so I’m glad I know it now.
On the run I averaged about 6:20-6:21 min/mile pace and finished with the 2nd run time overall for the day. I knew the run was shorter and that's why I wanted to go harder on the bike since I knew I had less of a chance to pick people off on the run.
All in all a good day! Now time to hit the sack and be ready for tomorrow!
1) Don’t sell yourself short- there’s no such thing as an “easy” triathlon, so remove that mindset, cool?