Amy and I both completed our 1st Winter Triathlons this past weekend. Amy did the short course race (4K Run, 3.5K Mnt Bike, 3K CC Ski) while I did the championship course (4K, 7K, 6K).
I totally under estimated the course (quite hilly) and how tough it is to mountain bike on snow. I killed the run finishing somewhere in the top 7-8 and then had to walk most of the hills on the bike (due to traction not energy). Need to focus on improving mountain biking technique before doing it again. The ski went well, but tough to muscle through the hills after being tired from carrying the mountain bike up hills.
The Splits (via GPS):
Run (2.62) lap 1: 10:00, lap 2 10:47, total 20:47 - 7:55 / mile
Bike (4.08) lap 1: 23:15, lap 2: 28:28, total 51:43 - 4.73 mph
Ski (4.5) lap 1: 19:35, lap 2: 19:09, total 38:44 - 8:36 / mile
All and all a great experience and think it is a perfect introduction to off-road triathlon which I plan on doing some of this summer.