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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

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MIRAGE727 7/30/2013 8:37AM

    Ya know what, Barb! I love that "casual Tri" concept. Wait until you see my photos. My face definitely shows it! Good job!

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BLUENOSE63 7/30/2013 7:26AM

  You go girl! From one trichick to another -- just do the best that you can do and make sure to take some gels with you for replenishment!

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GABY1948 7/28/2013 2:53PM

    You do sound ready to go and well prepared! I wish you well!

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LINDAKAY228 7/28/2013 12:45PM

    Sure is a lot to pack and remember! It's Sunday now as I read this, so I'm sure you are already way into it. Good luck!

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/28/2013 7:03AM

    You sound well prepared :-)


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DEBRITA01 7/28/2013 6:08AM

    emoticon Good luck and enjoy your event! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KRISZTA11 7/28/2013 3:34AM

    You are extremely well organized, as always.
Good luck to the race!

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NEW-CAZ 7/28/2013 2:39AM

    Have fun Barb, hope it goes well, good luck emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 7/28/2013 1:09AM

    Can't wait to hear the results tomorrow. Break a leg! (Not literally, of course, lol)

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DALID414 7/28/2013 1:08AM

    Not that it needs to be said, but have fun!

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MSLZZY 7/28/2013 12:15AM

    emoticon Hope you have a fantastic TRI!

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MJREIMERS 7/27/2013 10:36PM

    emoticon You are prepared gear wise and it sounds like you are prepared mentally! I will be thinking about you all day!! I wish I could be there to support you like you did for my first "real" run! Please know I am their in spirit!

I can't wait to hear about the event! Just swim, bike, run your race! emoticon and a big emoticon !

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    Happy, happy, happy.
You ARE in a good place.
Good luck, Barb

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_LINDA 7/27/2013 9:50PM

    In my mind, a tri is no casual event, it takes a superb athlete to be able to compete in all three events, never mind just one. Causal no. Extreme athlete yes. You are. An amazing athlete.
Imagine, a person with a sedentary desk job accomplishing this feat. Truly inspirational and impressive!

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EBEAMS 7/27/2013 9:40PM

    You go, girl ... I'll be cheering you on ... from work .. on overtime! LOL ...

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KALIGIRL 7/27/2013 9:31PM

    You will do emoticon
I'll be thinking about you and there in spirit emoticon emoticon

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MOBYCARP 7/27/2013 9:03PM

    I'll think of you on my way to church tomorrow. If I were local to you, it would be worth skipping church to watch.

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-SHOREIDO- 7/27/2013 8:14PM

    Thanks for sharing what goes into these things. Really!!

Get some R&R and ZZZZZZZZ!! emoticon

Enjoy the moments!!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/27/2013 7:54PM

    Barb, you've got it all together. Good luck to you! I know we'll hear all about your adventures and can't wait!

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WATERMELLEN 7/27/2013 7:40PM

    I'm sure you'll just casually ace this and have a terrific time too. Take that, OT!! Don't even try to usurp Barb's tri!!

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PATRICIAAK 7/27/2013 7:40PM

    Enjoy the challenge

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DLDMIL 7/27/2013 7:16PM

    Sounds like you have everything you need. Good Luck, I will be thinking about you, can't wait to hear how you did.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/27/2013 7:06PM

    I don't think I could ever put "casual" and "triathlete" in the same sentence knowing what kind of training goes into it.

Good luck tomorrow! I'll be thinking of you.

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LEWILL1982 7/27/2013 6:57PM

    Tried to respond to this and my computer died, anyway, good luck tomorrow, can't wait to read about your race! I'm doing my first sprint tri in August so I loved reading about your gear and the transition part. I'm really nervous about that.

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OPTIMIST1948 7/27/2013 6:35PM

    I think you are in the same mental space I was about tris. I remember before my first, I was a total *wreck*, checking and rechecking my gear using internet printout lists. My last one, last year was a 15 min packing process. Casual indeed! Do NOT let OT take away your happy place. We work to live, not the other way around.

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