Saturday, May 22, 2010

First tri FAIL!

While training for my first tri in 12 days was fun, it ultimately ended up with me getting a DNF (did not finish). I had a GREAT swim and I was a smiling, happy person as I got out of the pool. The bike portion was a different story though. About two miles in I felt like something was wrong. I didn't know if it was just because I was going up hills, but I felt like the bike wasn't moving the way it should.

I got off the bike and shortly after a race official came up and asked me if I was having problems. I told him yes and he offered to look at the bike. He said it looked like the front brake wasn't releasing from the wheel completely. The course was hilly so I felt super scared to continue on not knowing if my front brakes were ok. Because of that, I decided to pull myself out of the race.

Obviously, this race did NOT help my fear of the bike. It's clear to me that I don't know enough about my bike or how to troubleshoot problems. But even with that, I'm not going to write off doing a triathlon in the future. I feel like the bike won today, and I don't like that. Plus, I REALLY enjoy swimming and I really want to keep doing it.

Getting a DNF for any reason sucks, but I keep telling myself that in my active life, races aren't always going to be awesome, but the benefits of doing these races are worth it regardless of the results.

6 comments:

Jennelle said...

Oh, no! That would have been scary. You'll have plenty more races, though, and at least you kicked ass at the swim portion!

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My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Hey girl...you got out there and did it so DNF or not, that's still pretty awesome! Keep on truckin' and you'll do great.

Angie said...

Good for you for not giving up and realizing that one race in a lifetime of many is no big deal. You'll just keep getting better and better!

PQ said...

i'm just proud of you either way for trying! and i think that you were smart not to use faulty gear during your tri. :::big hugs:::

emma o said...

AHH so impressive! I am really wanting to bike more and learn more about maintenance, just say the word if you ever want to tackle that task together :) Congrats on a valiant effort! Emma