Pensacola Cycling Classic

October 16th, 2018 by tcoffey

Team Athletic Mentors Tim Coffey goes on a road trip from Brevard, NC to Pensacola, FL

 

With Hurricane Florence ripping through North Carolina I decided I wanted to skip town and go race my bike somewhere sunny and warm.  A week before the race I watched this massive storm gain strength in the ocean off the coast and decided it wasn’t a good idea to spend the weekend in Brevard while the storm rolled in.  I was looking on USA Cycling and I found a stage race in Pensacola Florida. There was a solid payout and with forty people pre-registered for the race I decided to sign up.

 

I was able to get one of my collegiate team mates to come and race with me.  Shortly after we both signed up we realized me needed to find a place to stay. We looked at staying at a campground on the ocean but after looking at the weather and the heat advisories I knew it wouldn’t be a good idea.  I emailed the race director and he was able to find a place for us to stay. Now with a place to stay and money on the table the race was a go.

 

We loaded up the car on thursday after class and headed south.  The drive ended up being about eight and a half hours counting time for stopping.  After a long drive we rolled into Pensacola. Our host family greeted us and we went to sleep right away.

 

Saturday morning came very early.  Our alarms went off at 5:30 am and it was time to get ready for stage one of the race.  Stage one was a three mile time trial. After a thirty minute warm-up I was ready to go.  I felt super strong during the time trial with my Giant TCR kicking a lot of TTl bikes butt and ended up in 4th place,  12.38 seconds back from first. I knew going into stage two that I would need to win to make up lost time.

 

Stage two was a 50 mile road race through the rolling hills of northern Florida.  There were a lot of attempts of a break away trying to go but nothing stuck. I burnt a lot of matches trying to break away from the field but nothing stuck.  After about two hours of racing the whole field was still together and we were flying down the 1k long finishing straight with a group of about 30 guys. In the massive group sprint finish I ended up finishing fourth, topping my sprint off at forty miles an hour with my TCR pulling off another top 5!  My result in the road race was enough to stay in fourth overall and I did not lose time. After the road race I was down 16 seconds from first place but I still was in the running for the overall.  

 

The final stage was a forty minute crit.  I did a little warm up before the race but it didn’t take too much riding to get warmed up because the heat index was over 100 degrees.  During the race before mine a guy crashed in the last corner and was hurt pretty bad so my race was delayed because of it. When my race finally started it was full gas from the gun.  

 

The race leader attacked about four laps in and another guy went with him.  Everyone in the peloton looked around at each other and no one chased. I moved to the front and pulled for two laps trying to bring back the breakaway.  After pulling for two laps I pulled off the front and everyone sat up and looked around at each other again. This kind of racing is called negative racing.  It’s not fun when this happens.

 

After being frustrated with the negative racing, halfway through the race I got a flat tire and almost fell in a corner.  I rolled to the start and grabbed my backup wheel and I was back into the race. After doing one lap with the new wheel the peloton came upon one of the guys that were in the break and he was on the ground all bloody.  Turns out while he was sitting on the other guy’s wheel he had his head down and went straight into a barrier. After seeing the guy on the ground the field lit up and the speed got ramped up since the second place was open.  

 

We ripped around the course for another ten minutes there was one lap to go.  The field slowed down in the first two turns and then the next three were super fast.  We went into the last corner and everyone was fighting for position. I ended up finishing around twenty-fifth in the field sprint which was good enough to keep in fourth overall and I went home with some cash.  Talk about an awesome weekend, I had a blast.

 


2019 Liv Langma Advanced Pro 1 Disc review

October 13th, 2018 by Marie Dershem

By Elaine Sheikh
As I entered my first full year of competitive cycling, one thing was certain: I was due for a bicycle upgrade. This became very evident in April at the Tour of the Gila when there were no neutral wheels available to me as I was the only woman in the peloton with a 10-speed cassette! Since Liv, a sister company of Giant featuring women-specific bicycles, is a sponsor of our team, I knew I wanted to start there with my bicycle search. Fortunately, Liv offers a comprehensive line-up of race bicycles, so I knew I would find a bike that would meet my needs. After much research and vascillation, I chose the 2019 Langma Advanced Pro 1 Disc. With an advanced-grade composite frame, Shimano Ultegra mechanical groupset, and Giant SLR-1 Disc 30 WheelSystem, I knew I would be getting quite an upgrade from my previous race machine.

The first thing I did was upgrade the crankset from a compact to a mid-compact with a Pioneer powermeter. I knew that with the 11×30 cassette, I would have no trouble with the larger chain-rings. Otherwise, the only other change to the original product was the saddle. The wheelset comes tubeless ready, which is how I ran it.
First impressions: The bike is gorgeous, with a sleek black finish and small dark purple and gold accents. I expected the bike to be light, but I was still surprised with the lightness of the bike when I picked it up. Riding over chip seal, I found that my wrists, arms and shoulders felt remarkably less fatigue than n my previous bike. The shock absorption of the composite frame lends itself to a smooth, comfortable ride. The bike accelerates quickly, with enough stiffness to be responsive. Additionally, it is also stiff enough in the lateral planes to corner confidently. Overall, I have loved my first week with the new bicycle and can’t wait to represent Team Athletic Mentors and Liv bicyles for the rest of the road season!

 

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(Re)Focus – Part I

October 9th, 2018 by Marie Dershem

By Todd Anthes
(Multisport Team)

2018 was to be the year of the bike for me.  Late last year I stopped regular running for the first time in my life. It had been a couple years since I really focused on triathlon; and I was just kind of going through the motions.

I had never biked more than three of four times a week before and was enjoying more and more the time on my mountain bike. So, after a short break at the end of 2017, it was all bike.

I changed coaches, was properly fitted on my mountain bikes and started a base training program.  By the middle of February, I was having some serious sciatica pain. I figured it was just adaptation as I was biking every day.

I saw my physical therapist, massage therapist, and eventually my doctor.  The pain I was experiencing when I would get out of bed in the morning and touch the floor was extricating and getting worse day by day.

I backed off the bike for awhile, and the symptoms got worse. Back to the doctor I went.  After much persuasion, I agreed to an MRI.  I’m glad I did, it showed a L5/S1 disc herniation/bulge. I was crushed. The year of the bike might be over before it even began.

I don’t really know what will happen at this point.  A significant portion of the population has a disc protrusion, but it really isn’t an issue until it hits a nerve. And while there are a many proven non-surgical methods in which you can heal from a disc injury like mine, everybody is different.

I plan to try to rehabilitate this injury for some fall mountain bike racing, so stay tuned.

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Bike Lights. Use them on every ride!

October 6th, 2018 by Marie Dershem

By Todd Anthes
(Athletic Mentors Multisport Team)

Bike lights have come a long way. It used to be the case that any decent unit needed a separate large battery unit. However, all but the “Seca” units discussed below have a self-contained small rechargeable energy source.

And given the rise of distracted driving, the proper light set up is no longer just something for rides in the dark.  In my opinion, lights are now a necessity on all rides.

I have three primary light set ups, as follows.  I tend to favor the Light & Motion brand, but given the output/lumens and other features, I am sure there are other acceptable options.

  1. The All the Time, Every Time, Set-Up (“ATET”).
  2. Whether it’s a bright sunny day or cloudy flat-light conditions, I run one of the Urban series lights on the front handle bar of my bike (https://www.lightandmotion.com/choose-your-light/urban), usually with the light under the bar, which is my personal preference. The light is set up in the “pulse” mode.  I have a number of these units, either 800 or 1000 lumens, and these are very bright blinking lights that can be seen from a great distance.
  3. On the rear I run the Vis 180 Pro (https://www.lightandmotion.com/choose-your-light/vis-180/vis-180-pro), strapped to my seat post. Even when I rode a tri-bike, I found a way to strap this to the aero post.  I always run it in the “pulse” mode, and you might think that 150 lumens aren’t that visible.  But try and ride behind this light in “pulse” mode in a pace line and it is blinding.  There are other settlings, but when in a pace line, I usually just turn it off. Note that some of the people I ride with regularly mount a Vis unit on their helmet.
  4. The “It Might Get Dark” Set-Up. I complement the ATET with one of two modified set-ups.
  5. If I am going out and my return might be at dusk, I put another Urban light in my jersey pocket. If it gets dark, I strap it to my handle bar on the other side of the bar from the “pulse” unit. I use the light in one of three of four intensity setting.  At the highest lumens setting, this will get me home safe if I have under an hour and a half or so left on the ride. The other settings preserve the battery life longer.
  6. If I go out and I know that it will get dark, I carry or pre-install one of the Tazi units (https://www.lightandmotion.com/choose-your-light/taz). I have a few iterations of this unit, but the new 2000 lumens Black Pearl unit is incredible.  It is brighter than a car headlight.  I usually strap this to my handlebar and on its highest setting, I can get an hour of really bright light. You can also mount a Tazi on your helmet but read below.
  7. The “It’s Dark” Set-Up. When I am leaving in the dark, and if the ride is going to be on a trail or involve a lot of turning, I mount a Seca unit (https://www.lightandmotion.com/choose-your-light/seca) on my helmet. It can be mounted on your bar, but this 2000 to 2500 lumens unit makes night riding like riding in the day.  The reason I mount in on my helmet is that the Urban units set on a low angle provide light 7-12 feet ahead of the front wheel, but the Seca unit helps me see around the turns. At its highest setting, which I rarely use, you can plan on an hour and a half of really really bright light. The Seca units also have a separate head band you can purchase that fits over a hat.  This a great for hiking or walking the dogs in the dark.  The Seca unit does have an external battery, but it is not that large and easily fits into my jersey pocket. I often run the cord under my coat or jersey and then into the pocket.

I ride a lot in “darkish” or dark conditions.  I am kind of a night owl, and often find myself heading out later than expected for a ride.  In the fall and winter, a proper light set up can make the difference between Zwift and riding outside.  And let’s face it, Zwift is cool, but we would all rather be outside . . . provided we can see (and are not too cold . . . but I have another blog on that).

 

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Wireless Headphones Round-up

October 3rd, 2018 by Kathy Braginton

I have tried at least two dozen or so of wireless Bluetooth headphones for running and biking. And before you start, this is blog is not meant to be commentary on whether this is a good idea or not.  I do it, in a safe manner, and that is the end of the issue herein.

To date, the best unit has been the Jabra Elite Sport.  It’s important to note that I am a heavy sweater and have burned through EVERY pair of Bluetooth headphones, except this Jabra product.  However, in all fairness, I did have an issue with a unit, which Jabra replaced, but they withstood a year of my extreme sweat and keep on working great.

I use Bluetooth headphones for the convenience of not having to trouble with wires.  It’s helpful whether it is a 21F degree winter day and I am wearing a hat, or if is a sweltering 87F degrees sticky workout.  Most headsets simply can’t handle the moisture, but he Jabra unit has a unique constriction that keeps the moisture out of the electronics.

A drawback of Bluetooth units is that they require a charge.  Most run for two to three hours, and the initial Jabra Elite Sport struggled to make it slightly past two hours.  As I understand matters the new units promise 4.5 hours, and two full charges with the charging case.

The Jabra Elite Sport has a charging case that stores and charges the unit.  And note that this product it two separate ear buds, not one with a connected wire around the back of your head or neck.

One other concern of the Jabra unit is that it fits entirely in your ear.  I never had a problem with hearing other noises (e.g., runner, bikers, vehicles, etc.), but if this concerns you, there are other options.

Second place goes to Plantronics Backbeat.  I have and use the original, but there is now a “Fit” version that promises 8 hours of use.  This is a one-piece unit connecting around the rear of your head.  It never really worked well with my bike helmet, and in my opinion the sound quality is poor.

The real plus (or minus depending on how you view it) to the Plantronics unit is that it is a one-size fits all unit that leaves a lot of room for ambient noise.  So, if that is a concern for you, then this might work for you.

Another unit that fills your entire ear is the Yerbuds, now owned by JBL.  I came to know this brand by a partnership with Ironman.  They offered a in the ear “enhancer” that you twisted into your ear for a tight fit.  Again, if you want ambient noise, this unit will be problematic.  And regardless of which size enhancer I used, it ultimately would slip out on long runs.  I remember twisting the unit in harder and harder each time, until ultimately, I had to see my doctor to clean out some accumulated ear wax.  Really.

The Beats by Dr. Dre were the best sounding Bluetooth unit, but they barely lasted two months of mainly gym and dreadmill usage.  It was never a product that made it out on the trail/road.

Near the back end for “sport” usage are the Apple Ear Buds.  They look kind of goofy to me, but the sound is great, and it lets in ambient sound.  And the Apple produce is excellent ear piece for a phone.

I often use the Apple buds for strength workouts in the gym where I don’t sweat as much as a long run or ride and do supplement the unit with some aftermarket rubber pieces that keep sweat and water out of the unit.

And to end with a pro tip, running with a phone is a PITA and I don’t do it.  I use a second-generation Apple Watch to link the ear buds.  When apply did away with not allowing Apple Music to sync with the Nano and Shuffle, I was really upset.  Apple effectively pushed active consumers to the Apple Watch.

If you choose to go this route, you don’t need the fancy most recent Apple Watch, it doesn’t hurt, but if you are an Apple user, especially an Apple Music user, the system works very well.

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Zwift Killed the Fatbike

October 2nd, 2018 by Kathy Braginton

I was an early adopter on the fat bake craze.  I absolutely loved the idea of something that would provide with me an incentive to continue to ride through the winter months.  Incidentally, this is the same reason is also why I started cyclocross so many years ago; to keep me riding later in the year than I otherwise would.

For the most part, the fat bike fit the bill.  I went through several fat bikes that got lighter and nimbler, almost like a 29er mountain bike.  But don’t get me wrong, it is still a royal PITA to get all the proper gear and stay warm and interested in significant long winter rides on a fat bike.  I could write an entire blog on the types of boots and gloves that I have tried for winter riding.

I also have the benefit of the Lake Michigan shoreline to spice up my fat bike rides. The shoreline in the winter is like riding on the moon, not a soul around, beautiful views, and sometimes floating rides.  But when Zwift came on the scene, my interest is suffering outside dwindled.  I know find myself routinely opting to Zwift rather than suffer in the winter conditions.

Zwift provides the benefit of quickly prepping for rides, especially if you have a dedicated trainer bike.  So, when faced with riding at night, in very cold conditions, or wet conditions, I hate to admit it, but I often pick Zwift.

Zwift is perfect for monitoring my effort, especially with a “smart” trainer, and gives me that added nudge to keep my limited attention span . . . especially when someone, or a group of riders, pass me.

Also, to support my limited attention span, on very easy trainer rides, I also often watch a movie or TV show.  Which is another draw.  And while I always look forward to riding, I got hooked on Peaky Blinders, Ray Donovan, and countless other shows and movies. I watched all four seasons of Peaky Blinders last February while on the trainer.

Like the old song goes, “Video killed the radio star . . .”, for me, and likely many others, my fat bike is getting far less use in favor of Zwift.

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Zwift Killed the Fatbike

October 2nd, 2018 by Kathy Braginton

I was an early adopter on the fat bake craze.  I absolutely loved the idea of something that would provide with me an incentive to continue to ride through the winter months.  Incidentally, this is the same reason is also why I started cyclocross so many years ago; to keep me riding later in the year than I otherwise would.

For the most part, the fat bike fit the bill.  I went through several fat bikes that got lighter and nimbler, almost like a 29er mountain bike.  But don’t get me wrong, it is still a royal PITA to get all the proper gear and stay warm and interested in significant long winter rides on a fat bike.  I could write an entire blog on the types of boots and gloves that I have tried for winter riding.

I also have the benefit of the Lake Michigan shoreline to spice up my fat bike rides. The shoreline in the winter is like riding on the moon, not a soul around, beautiful views, and sometimes floating rides.  But when Zwift came on the scene, my interest is suffering outside dwindled.  I know find myself routinely opting to Zwift rather than suffer in the winter conditions.

Zwift provides the benefit of quickly prepping for rides, especially if you have a dedicated trainer bike.  So, when faced with riding at night, in very cold conditions, or wet conditions, I hate to admit it, but I often pick Zwift.

Zwift is perfect for monitoring my effort, especially with a “smart” trainer, and gives me that added nudge to keep my limited attention span . . . especially when someone, or a group of riders, pass me.

Also, to support my limited attention span, on very easy trainer rides, I also often watch a movie or TV show.  Which is another draw.  And while I always look forward to riding, I got hooked on Peaky Blinders, Ray Donovan, and countless other shows and movies. I watched all four seasons of Peaky Blinders last February while on the trainer.

Like the old song goes, “Video killed the radio star . . .”, for me, and likely many others, my fat bike is getting far less use in favor of Zwift.

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3 triathletes, 1 race. Read about MITI with their race reports!

September 30th, 2018 by Kathy Braginton

Kathy Braginton, Olympic Distance, 2:40.42, 5th OA, 2nd AG
Going into Miti weekend, I was feeling fatigued and was not overly confident on what I would be able to bring for race day. A wetsuit legal race combined with cooler temps and overcast skies made for a very successful day. The swim was a fairly normal swim for me. I was able to conserve a little energy with the wetsuit and it felt so good after several non-wetsuit legal races. The first half of the bike was slower than what I had anticipated, so I was concerned I was showing some of that fatigue. I had forgotten the Olympic course was constant rolling hills. I was pleased to find the return portion of the course rolled much faster. I averaged over 3 mph faster on the return and was able to complete the bike with the overall average pace I had anticipated. It was the run portion of the race that really surprised me. I exploded out of T2 with a sudden burst of energy. I’m not sure if it was the roar of the crowd or what. I had a good first mile, but spent the next 2 trying to slow my breathing and my heartrate. After the turnaround on the run, I began cheering on other teammates and runners. This helped to push through the last few miles and I was able to post a negative split on the return route. The organizers and the volunteers do a great job with the aid stations on the run course providing hydration, nutrition, and lots of encouragement every mile. I finished 5th overall female and 1stin my Age Group. My race time and place made for a very satisfying closeout of the Triathlon season.

Chelsey Smith, Half Ironman, 5:36.37, 9th OA, 1st AG
MiTi was my first half Ironman distance event and I went into with very little expectations. Not having ever raced any endurance event longer than a marathon I really had no idea how my body would respond to the time and distance. I am happy to say I had a great race. The swim went well. I was strong and steady on the bike while enjoying hills, and the run went as expected. I ended up running down the girl that was first in my age group to finish ahead of her and take first. I followed my race plan to a tee, and ended up at 5:36 finish time, and top ten overall females. It was a great race. I enjoyed that both the bike and the swim had out and backs on the course to it was easy to see many friends that were also racing. The course was also very well supported and the volunteers were great. I am looking forward to doing this race again in the future.

Jeff Nordquist, Olympic Distance, 2:12.56, 7th OA, 2nd AG
With the cooler weather and the overcast morning, the conditions couldn’t have been better. I knew going into this race, I hadn’t spent the time training as much as I’ve had in previous years. My wife and I welcomed our first child into this world in June and as you may know the training schedule looked different in years past.
It all started in the water with wetsuit legal temps (thank goodness). After the first minute passed, found a rhythm and a set of legs to follow, allowing me to conserve energy for the remainder. Transitioned well onto the saddle in 5th place. The ride out was nearly all climbing and made sense considering the 6mph difference in the speed on the way back. But the hills were relentless and having a disc wheel may have caused more harm than good. With the run approaching, I started to transition my legs to be ready to hit the street. Jumping in to the shoes, I was in 8th place. I normally make ground on the run, but today was not that case. I couldn’t get the legs to turn and it costed me a few chances to move up as much as I’d like. I finished the across the line in 7th, and 2nd in my the AG.
I had higher hopes than my finish, but overall satisfied with the effort. I suffered, but ran the race that I had in mind. Looking forward to the rest of the season and the months to come.

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3 triathletes, 1 race. Read about MITI with their race reports!

September 30th, 2018 by Kathy Braginton

Kathy Braginton, Olympic Distance, 2:40.42, 5th OA, 2nd AG
Going into Miti weekend, I was feeling fatigued and was not overly confident on what I would be able to bring for race day. A wetsuit legal race combined with cooler temps and overcast skies made for a very successful day. The swim was a fairly normal swim for me. I was able to conserve a little energy with the wetsuit and it felt so good after several non-wetsuit legal races. The first half of the bike was slower than what I had anticipated, so I was concerned I was showing some of that fatigue. I had forgotten the Olympic course was constant rolling hills. I was pleased to find the return portion of the course rolled much faster. I averaged over 3 mph faster on the return and was able to complete the bike with the overall average pace I had anticipated. It was the run portion of the race that really surprised me. I exploded out of T2 with a sudden burst of energy. I’m not sure if it was the roar of the crowd or what. I had a good first mile, but spent the next 2 trying to slow my breathing and my heartrate. After the turnaround on the run, I began cheering on other teammates and runners. This helped to push through the last few miles and I was able to post a negative split on the return route. The organizers and the volunteers do a great job with the aid stations on the run course providing hydration, nutrition, and lots of encouragement every mile. I finished 5th overall female and 1stin my Age Group. My race time and place made for a very satisfying closeout of the Triathlon season.

Chelsey Smith, Half Ironman, 5:36.37, 9th OA, 1st AG
MiTi was my first half Ironman distance event and I went into with very little expectations. Not having ever raced any endurance event longer than a marathon I really had no idea how my body would respond to the time and distance. I am happy to say I had a great race. The swim went well. I was strong and steady on the bike while enjoying hills, and the run went as expected. I ended up running down the girl that was first in my age group to finish ahead of her and take first. I followed my race plan to a tee, and ended up at 5:36 finish time, and top ten overall females. It was a great race. I enjoyed that both the bike and the swim had out and backs on the course to it was easy to see many friends that were also racing. The course was also very well supported and the volunteers were great. I am looking forward to doing this race again in the future.

Jeff Nordquist, Olympic Distance, 2:12.56, 7th OA, 2nd AG
With the cooler weather and the overcast morning, the conditions couldn’t have been better. I knew going into this race, I hadn’t spent the time training as much as I’ve had in previous years. My wife and I welcomed our first child into this world in June and as you may know the training schedule looked different in years past.
It all started in the water with wetsuit legal temps (thank goodness). After the first minute passed, found a rhythm and a set of legs to follow, allowing me to conserve energy for the remainder. Transitioned well onto the saddle in 5th place. The ride out was nearly all climbing and made sense considering the 6mph difference in the speed on the way back. But the hills were relentless and having a disc wheel may have caused more harm than good. With the run approaching, I started to transition my legs to be ready to hit the street. Jumping in to the shoes, I was in 8th place. I normally make ground on the run, but today was not that case. I couldn’t get the legs to turn and it costed me a few chances to move up as much as I’d like. I finished the across the line in 7th, and 2nd in my the AG.
I had higher hopes than my finish, but overall satisfied with the effort. I suffered, but ran the race that I had in mind. Looking forward to the rest of the season and the months to come.

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Just “TRI”

September 26th, 2018 by JoAnn Cranson

“Just Tri” has been my motto for the last year and a half.  That’s when I started to think about doing my first triathlon.

But my first hurtle was learning how to swim!  I knew how to tread water and float on my back, but I had no clue how to swim freestyle.  Sooo…. I signed up for a beginners swim class for tri-athletes with Athletic Mentors.  We all know it can be nerve-wracking to try something new or different.  Well that was me the first day of this swim practice.  I struggled to even get my swim cap on!  Walking out into the pool area with many other people was intimidating but I just kept putting one foot in front of the other until I was in the pool. As we went through the first class I felt like Lucille Ball in her sitcom (some younger people may not even know who this is!)  Every activity they asked us to do I struggled.  I can laugh now but at the time, I wondered how the young girl next to me could hold her breath and just sit on the bottom of the pool while I looked like I was having a seizure just to try and stay under the water while holding my breath!

As the class progressed I pieces started to fall into place and I finally began to learn how to swim.  I joined a local Y to practice swimming. At first I had to ask to be in the lane next to the pool’s edge so I  could hold on if couldn’t make it the whole way to the other side. But, as time went on, I became comfortable to swim in any lane.  It’s was not easy (at least for me) to swim.  It took going to the pool over and over again, but I was determined.

After the swim it’s time to ride.  Since I’ve been biking many years, this was by far the easy part of this challenge for me.  You get on your bike and pedal as hard as you can for 20K (about 12.8 miles).  Ideally you need a bike that is made for pavement with tires from 23-25 cm and get in the most aero position you can to go faster.  Practice riding that distance or farther.  Join local group rides and just get out there a pedal.

Next, the run.  I hadn’t run in over 20 years and I have never run competitively.  I started out trying to run 20 minutes right away, but it was too much. I started to get shin splints and a sore knee.  I found myself questioning if I could do this… wondering if I should give up. Instead, I decided to just start slower. I ran just 10 mins.  Who doesn’t have 10 mins to do a jog slow?  That’s what I did almost every night or every other day for a week, then next week go 12 mins., then gradually built up and it was so much easier and no shin splints!

If you are considering a triathlon, here are some thoughts after I did my first one.

Don’t think that, just “tri” by:

  1. Getting off the couch.
  2. Join a Y, or a tri-club, run club.
  3. Get a friend to do the triathlon or exercise with you.
  4. Tri’s are about doing your personal best.
  5. All sizes, all ages, all abilities do Tri’s, so can YOU.
  6. Setting a goal to stay motivated over the winter to enter an event next Spring!

“Tri” something new, challenge yourself.  Preparing for a Triathlon is hard work, but the reward is so sweet.  This will motivate you for a healthier lifestyle, gain confidence and be content with who you are.

 

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