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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

If you've ever considered doing a triathlon, I can tell you that it's an amazing thing! The training requires lots of dedication, but the feeling you get when you finish is like no other.

Danskin offers a great entry-level triathlon, which I will be doing in just under two weeks (August 26th). It's super supportive! Their motto is great, too:

The woman who starts the race is not the same woman who finishes the race.

It's so true! Once I finished my first tri, I started believing that I could do anything I set my mind to do.

I've been sidelined for a few years from injuries that required surgery (not from triathlons!). So I'm really excited and nervous about my first triathlon since 2009.

Tonight I did a test run as part of my training. I did 35 minutes on the bike, 18 minutes running, and 18 minutes swimming. I used a programmable spin bike for the first time ever - that was fun, but hard! It wiped my legs out, but I still managed to do 1/4-mile intervals at 12-minute miles. By the time I hit the pool, I was slowing down a lot. But I finished it all and treated myself to a nice stretch session.

I managed 10.1 hilly miles on the bike, 1.3 miles on the run, and .33 miles in the pool. If I perform at the same speeds during the race, I'll hit these times:

1/2-mile swim: 27.5 minutes
12.4-mile bike: 43 minutes
3.1-mile run: 43 minutes

My goal is to finish in less than 120 minutes, so that leaves me a 6-minute buffer for the transitions (getting from the swim to the bike, and then from the bike to the run). That's a little tight, but I think on race day I'll perform a bit faster. It's hard to be on peak performance after a long day at work!

With such a great workout tonight, I'm now more excited than nervous about the race! I feel fantastic. I want to recruit people so they can feel this great, too!

Care to join me?
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    Jen way cool. I would think that a tri would be more interesting to me than say a marathon, because running isn't my favorite but biking and swimming aren't so bad. While I won't be joining you this year I'd love to hear all about it when you've finished. (also I didn't see where it is located). Hope your transitions are smooth. You can do it!
    2101 days ago
    I'm so excited for you and will be cheering for you!!!

    Can't wait to see how you do. You are AWESOME!!

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    2105 days ago
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    2106 days ago
    Jen I am so excited for you! You have over come so many obstacles with your surgeries and it is so good to hear you are back out there doing what you love.

    And sure, I would love to join you. Although I need to get better in the water first. But doing a sprint tri is definitely on my bucket list.

    But until then..... I will just cheer you on!

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    2106 days ago
    That is great, you are well on your way. Wishing you all the best :)
    2106 days ago
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