I had the opportunity to compete in my first team triathlon this past weekend. It was soooooo much fun! I can't wait to compete in another one.
I've often competed in individual sports: swimming, track, road races, duathlons, triathlons. My efforts were all based on how well I trained and how well I did that day. Sure, in some of these sports I trained and competed as a team, but my event was solely mine. My efforts helped and supported my team, but I was the only one who could do the work for my event.
I always liked that part of the sports I chose to compete in. Individual effort with team support. It was like the best of both worlds for me. So I went into Sunday's race not knowing what to expect.
I certainly was not as nervous as I normally am for my individual races. It was easier to pack and prepare all my gear, just a bike vs. a whole triathlon. I didn't have to plan out nutrition or transition staging. All I had to worry about was my one event, supporting my teammates and making sure my transitions went smoothly from one member to the next.
What I didn't expect was how much harder I would push myself. I didn't want to let my team down. They had given me such a great place in the race. First woman on the bike leg. I needed to hold my place. I was competing at that point with all the men. My legs burned, but I pushed on. They were back at transition cheering for me, I told myself.
Together we all did great! Transitions went smoothly. I had a PR on the bike. And was thrilled with the way a team works together, but still can have their own individual efforts and PRs. Our swimmer, Heather, also had a PR that day!
I'll definitely sign up for another team event. Its great to have my own races, but to also have the fun of competing with a team and sharing both the workload, as well as the fun.