walk the walk

March 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm 3 comments

now that i’m starting to feel like i’m back in the saddle, it’s time to revisit an old idea. i guess it’s really not old. every now and then i mention it on here. and it’s been a topic of conversation between me, the euro and the ironman off and on for the past few months, but though i talk the talk, i haven’t really been sure i’m ready to walk the walk … or rather swim, bike and run it that is!

i’ve got to start with a small tri. sure, i know how to swim. i can ride a bike. and sometimes i even like to consider myself a runner but i have no idea how to put the three together. it sounds simple ~ sort of ~ and i’m sure i worry about it in ways that defy reason, but, hey, i’m neurotic. it’s part of my charm 😉

so what is it that plagues my mind? for starters, i wonder what to wear. i’m not one of the lucky flat chested female athletes who can wear a simple swimsuit then throw on some bike shorts for the rest of the race. my girls definitely need extra support! i’m looking at tri-suits but just not sure i want to make the investment in something i’m not sure i really need. a decent one isn’t cheap.

then there’s clipping in. as of now my bike has standard pedals but i know i really need clips. so there’s another financial investment. pedals and shoes. but i wonder about the logistical move of going from barefoot to bike shoes to running shoes. is the transition time of changing shoes worth the time saved in saddle? i would think obviously so given the fact that every decent biker clips but what do i really know.

and what about a wet suit. no i don’t need one for florida races. but what if i happen to do an out-of-state wetsuit optional race. do i want or even need one? damn this sport may get expensive.

and there are just so many other questions, thoughts and concerns! transitioning. rinsing off the feet. bike lineup. maneuvering to the bike start. bike rules such as passing, drafting etc. flat tires. nutrition. peeing in saddle ~ i actually had a conversation about this at a party the other night! triathletes really have warped cocktail conversation! avoiding being shark bait ~ my own personal fear. and more and more and more.

but … truth is there is only one way i’m ever going to get these questions answered. suck it up and just do a race! i was registered to run one last year but i was battling injury and i rue the decision i made to sit it out. in retrospect i think i could have pushed through and done it. even slowly. but in the end i let the injury be the excuse to mask the underlying fear of doing something new. this time there is no backing out! period. so on june 10 i’m registered for my “first” triathlon.

it’s short and sweet. a quarter-mile swim. twelve mile ride. and 3.1 mile run. physically i should have no issue with any of those distances. even though it’ll be mid-june and probably hot as hell. but time is really of very little importance to me. this is simply a learning experience. a way to quell my insecurity and gain the knowledge i will need because …

i may have also registered for another little event

yikes!

oh. shit.

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  • 1. echogirl  |  March 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Sonja did IronGirl last year and she loved it. Good luck!!

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  • 2. kitkat1126  |  March 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Woooooooooooohooooo!!!!!! Becelisa the triathlete!

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  • 3. kitkat1126  |  March 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    PS:

    Amazon sometimes has great deals on trisuits (which are VERY necessary for out of Florida triathlons!)

    As overwhelming as all the rules and little tricks can be – you’d be surprised at how easy it flows on that day. Swim to bike is so quick (bring a small towel to wipe your feet!), I didn’t clip into my bike, I wore my running shoes. It cut down on my transition time (and I just wasn’t comfortable enough on my bike yet).

    There are endless youtube videos and sites for tips & tricks for things like – marking your transition station (I used a bright yellow towel, it helped SO much!), transition set ups, fuel, etc etc. I would also even practice and do a very mini tri beforehand – it gave me the confidence to know what to do during my transitions.

    Can’t wait to hear about it!

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