I am a runner. I am 5 months pregnant. As of June 23, 2013 I am also a Triathlete.
I love to run. My husband loves to compete in triathlons. He has run a few small races with me but for the most part we have kept to our own sport, until this year. After watching him train for and complete many triathlons I finally decided to join him.
I knew triathlons were a whole other beast compared to my normal road races; I had no idea what I was getting into!
I also knew training for this race would require many early mornings and after work workouts along with some creative scheduling between my husband and I. We both work full time and have a 2 year old that is a ball of energy but not always the most cooperative when it’s time for mom and dad to exercise. We scheduled swim classes at night and I planned to have weekly long runs with my amazing Fort Bend Fit family. We planned on numerous family weekend bike rides to the park, taking the long route to make sure we got in enough miles. There was even some strength training sessions I knew I could get in during lunch breaks at work. I planned to train for a couple of months running, biking, and swimming in hopes that I would not only finish my first triathlon but do it with a smile on my face.
Then my husband and I received some amazing news in March, I was pregnant! I knew my husband and I wanted to have our second kid sometime this year but in my mind I figured worst case scenario I would be 2-3 months pregnant when this race came around. But, Life sometimes has its own exciting plans.
When the pregnancy test came up positive I quickly did the math and realized my plan of only being slightly pregnant for my first triathlon was out of the window. Instead I would be halfway through my second trimester! This scared me, really scared me. The first thing that popped into my head was that I had stopped running during the second month of my first pregnancy. If I wanted to complete this race I had to stay active and actually increase my training into my 2nd trimester; I was uncertain if I could do it.
Luckily, I have an extremely supportive husband and a doctor who knows better than to say no to a pregnant lady! I am also very determined (or stubborn as my husband would say).
In spite of my growing belly I decided I would still try to complete this race. Not surprisingly I didn’t train as hard or often as I would have liked. I was able to get in about 4 swim classes and only one 10 mile bike ride. But I was able to stay on top of my running, thanks to my great running partner who wouldn’t allow me to sleep in on a Saturday morning.
On June 23, 2013 I didn’t just complete a triathlon, I complete my FIRST triathlon, five months pregnant.
Here are the stats:
Slow swim – 9:42.5
Faster than expected bike (on my husband’s old hybrid bike) – 37:50 (15.9 MPH)
Happy pregnant running pace – 33:25 (11:08/M)
My total time was 1:25:51 (including transitions which I deliberately took slow)
I am extremely happy with these stats. I didn’t really have a goal time but wanted to get as close to 1:30 total time as possible – SUCCESS!
The COOLEST part of this race is that although my husband finished before me and was able to cheer me into the finish line (he started the swim first), we were ranked 342 and 343 overall. The BEST part – I BEAT MY HUSBAND! Shh…don’t let him know I am telling the world; he is a little sensitive about it ;) I only beat him by 11 seconds but this was my first triathlon, his seventh, and I was 5 months pregnant. One month later and his best friend, who also completed the race with us, still won’t let him live that down!