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Prepping as a casual triathlete

Saturday, July 27, 2013

I promised the OT would not take my happy away. It has been tempting, this taper week. It's always tempting to second guess oneself during taper week. I did a brief 1 mile on the treadmill Thursday after work, to loosen the coils a bit. Other than that, it's been a straight overtime work week.

Now, the evening before, I find I am having to do the "pack it up" plan... because TRI is not a sport where you just show and go. Any one of the three, independently, one can do that. You can show up with your suit and goggles and swim. You can show up with your bike and helmet and pedal. Or you can show up in your running shoes and shorts and run a road race.

But to TRI... you have to be prepared to do all of the above, and to make the transitions from one sport to the next. Fortunately, I have all the gear I need, thanks to making the purchases LAST year for my first TRI. I did not upgrade ANYTHING this year, and in fact, my training was very spotty, as I have whined before.

But I have my bucket. I have my swim socks. I have a beach towel, my goggles, noseclip and ear plugs. Cap will be provided.

I have my core tri suit, which I will wear throughout. I have a SPI belt this year, that makes it possible to wear the number on the back while biking and shuffle to the front while running, without having to worry about whether I'm going to put a shirt over top of the tri suit or not.

I have the running shoes that I'll wear for both the bike and the run. I don't do clips (yet). And I have my trusty Brenda Starr Trek, the fitness hybrid bicycle, fresh from last weekend's cycle tour, ready to do duty. I have the helmet and gloves, and a sweatband for under the helmet. I have my snazzy short haircut.

I have my glasses and prescription sun glasses. Sunblock. I have the camelback hydration system, which I hope to REMEMBER this year to slip into when transitioning onto the bike.

Guess I have it all... remembering to get it all into the car, and from the car to transition is tomorrow's task. If I succeed in that mission, guess I'm all set to do a "casual" tri. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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