Cayuga Lake Triathlon Practice

This is where I get to do my next triathlon.  Isn’t it beautiful?

Last week, the local triathlon club put together a practice bike/run on the course.

Unfortunately, due to traffic and a detour, I was 15 minutes late.  Both, the sprint tri and olympic tri groups had already left.  I was pretty bummed that I would be missing my chance to check out the course.

Luckily, the people running the workout and the clock, noticed my late arrival, and said I could start right then and they would subtract 15 minutes from my overall time.

With that, I put on my bike shoes and took off on the bike.  As you can see, the it’s a pretty decent climb in the beginning of the bike course:


I didn’t like that I had a late start compared to the rest of the group.  I pedaled as hard and as fast as I could to try and catch up somewhat.  Pretty quickly I came upon some other cyclists.  And then a few more.  Before long, I felt like I had caught up to what I thought was the middle of the sprint group pack.  The downhill part of the bike course went by quickly.  I had to keep a constant eye out for the entrance to the park that I had left from.  I took off so fast in the beginning that I didn’t pay close attention to where I actually had started.

Finally, I made it back and had to shout out my number they gave me: 73!  They were recording everyone’s splits.

Here I come on the bike!

My Garmin: 13.76 miles, 49:49, avg. 16.6 mph

Group Timer: 52:16 (I didn’t quite start when the told me to)

I knew I might lose some time in transitioning to the run because I had no idea where Brendan had parked.  Luckily, I found him right away and we made our way to the car.  I quickly threw everything in and put on my running shoes, the Saucony Virratas.  Brendan said he would run the course with me.


While starting out on the run, I was also trying to  switch the sport mode on my Garmin from biking to running.  In doing so, I forgot to start the run timer.  I realized this a little bit into the run.

Even though this was practice, the run course was marked perfectly with little flags.  They must have known how easily I get lost on run courses and wanted to prevent it from happening.  The course was almost completely on grass and trails, gaining a small amount of elevation in the first half.  Either I ran part of the course wrong or it was long because after starting my watch late, my Garmin still showed us running a 5k distance.  With the 80 degree temps, high humidity, and a tough “catching up” effort on the bike, my legs felt pretty tired on the run.  I was happy with the practice effort and REALLY thirsty afterwards.

My Garmin: 3.10 miles, 25:28, 8:12 pace

Group Timer: 29:08


I was nervous all week about going to this practice because I thought I would be last and embarrass myself.  I’m glad I decided to step out of my comfort zone and give it a try.  I wasn’t last AND now have some practice under my belt for race day.  The course was absolutely beautiful.  It’s no wonder this race always sells out so quickly!

Oh, and before we left, we had to check out the lake, of course.  Beautiful there too.


  • Have you completed a triathlon?  Or are training for one?
  • Any experience with bike/run workouts?
  • Do you get lost on run courses as easily as I do?
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  1. Linda Lutz says:

    You always amaze me Jenelle! You can do anything you set your mind too and I love that about you! :-)

  2. Yay for more triathlons! :) It is definitely “gorges” there ;)

    After our 70.3, I knew that couldn’t be our last individual tri (we’re doing a relay) for the year, so one more for us! Probably a sprint, which will be fun to see how fast we can go.

  3. Anna @ Running On Plenty says:

    I did a sprint last month and am training for 4 more this year! Can’t wait to see what next year brings! Loved your recap of this practice…its BEAUTIFUL there! Louisiana gals don’t even know what that looks like in real life!

  4. Christine | OatmealBowl says:

    Nice job stepping out of your comfort zone. I wish I had amazing views to run and play in. I’m kinda bored of my trails. Oh well, venture on!

    And nice time on the 5K.

  5. Lynne says:

    Giving me hope that I can do one next year. Looks like so much fun!

  6. Abby @ BackAtSquareZero says:

    I love that they had a practice option. Such a cool idea to help with nerves.

  7. Sarah says:

    That’s so cool that you got to practice! What a nice concept that is! I’m sure you will rock it on actual race day!!

  8. Karen Russell says:

    I am training for my very first sprint triathalon, the Cayuga Lake Triathalon. How was the bike route? Was the hill really bad? I have been training on some hills but I am still nervous. Also, is the run fairly flat? I would love to hear if you have any tips or suggestions as I am a Tri newbie. Thank you!!!

    • Jenelle says:

      Hi Karen! I posted the bike elevation…so you can see it’s definitely a climb right in the beginning. From what I remember, it’s actually quite a bit of uphill the first half. The hills are more rolling after the first couple of miles. The second half of the bike is almost all downhill…really fast. It’s an out and back route. The run is on almost all grass and trail-which can slow you down a little. The elevation felt slightly uphill the first half (especially on the trail), then once you hit the turn around it feels easier on the way back. For the most part though, no major hills on the run. There is a bridge you have to run over. The trail portion of the run is shaded pretty good-which will be nice. The part about the run that I’m debating is what shoes to wear. Right now I’m thinking I’ll go with lightweight trail shoes-possibly the Saucony Kinvara Trail. Hope that helps! No matter what, it’s going to be so much fun!

  9. HappinessSavouredHot says:

    Wow! Beautiful courses. You’re lucky! (But as they say, we create our luck.)

    I’ve done only 1 triathlon, but I used to coach triathletes in university (was in charge of the swimming program). Those athletes truly amazed me with their determination and commitment.

    I still run, bike and swim, but never the 3 in a row. :-)

  10. I’ve never gotten lost. I’m sure that would give anyone some anxiety though especially if you aren’t around anyone else. One of my friends took a wrong turn on a 10k once and we started to get worried. She ended up showing up from a different direction and didn’t finish the race :-/ It was kind of funny afterwards. Nice job catching up to everyone even with your 15 minute late start!!

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