Sunday is my fourth stab at the crazy art of swim-bike-run at the Wild Dog Triathlon in Bristol, Rhode Island. It’s a sprint or mini triathlon with a quarter-mile swim, 10-mile bike and 3-mile run.
After struggling through a hip injury for two months, I finally feel like I’m in fighting form again. I’ve had a few confidence building runs and feel like I might be able to give this race my all. Heck, I ran a 5K personal record this morning during a 4-mile tempo run. I haven’t raced a 5K since 2011, so maybe it’s time!
My hip is still not 100 percent, but it’s somewhere in the 90s. It only starts tightening up after running 7+ miles and has been feeling better every week. So a mini triathlon should be within my wheelhouse.
Since my last triathlon at the Montauk Point Lighthouse Sprint Triathlon on July 21, where I had an awful, tight-hipped, sluggish run, I’ve been running three days a week. I’ve also been swimming once a week. And biking? Well, my training there hasn’t exactly been stellar. My biking has fallen by the wayside as I’ve started upping my long runs to 12 miles as part of marathon training.
So we’ll see how Sunday goes. Suddenly, I’m very glad this is a mini triathlon.
The swim is a short course that’s just a quarter of a mile in Narragansett Bay.
The bike is 10 miles on a loop that we ride three times around.
And the run is a 3-mile out and back jaunt with water views the whole way. I thought the Montauk Point Lighthouse Sprint Triathlon was gorgeous. This proves to be a stunning course as well.
And did you see those elevation charts? The Wild Dog Triathlon course is super flat, perfect for a mini triathlon, so I’m looking forward to just gunning it the whole time and seeing what I can get out of my legs. I know they might be tired from marathon mileage building and that accidental PR this morning, but I’ve also done a little mini taper this week so that they’ll be semi-rested come Sunday. I’d love to go out there and crush this course. If I don’t, it won’t be from lack of trying.
Here goes something, hopefully, tri-umphant!