Two years ago, I did something new. I pushed my boundaries and accomplished something I never thought I could. I did my first triathlon: Iron Girl. After taking last year off due to pregnancy I’m back and I’m doing Iron Girl again. Follow my 16 week journey as I train for my first triathlon since having a baby in Road to Iron Girl, a series of weekly posts.
This week, Niagara has finally experienced some spring-like weather and with it I welcomed the return of training. As stated in the introduction, I did my first triathlon 2 years ago, a challenge my twin sister and I undertook together as a way to ring in our 40’s.
Now I’ve committed to compete in Iron Girl Grimsby 2018, a triathlon sprint, as a way to get back into a healthy active lifestyle. There is nothing more motivating than signing-up and commiting to a big challenge like Iron Girl to get this girl going.
I’m planning on using this Athletal 12 week Tri Sprint training program . Since I still have almost 4 weeks before the training starts, I’ll be working on some base training for now. I’m so excited to get on the road to Iron Girl.
Goals for Iron Girl 2018
In 2016, my main goal was to complete my first triathlon sprint ever and I was aiming for middle of the pack in my final standings! This time around, yes, my goal will be complete Iron Girl and do better in the three disciplins than I did in 2016. This time I’ll aim for top third in my final standing!
What are my challenges?
Here is what I see as my challenges in my training this time around:
Only 2 months postpartum
I had my second son only 2 months ago. Although I was cleared by my doctor to proceed with training, my body is still healing. Since I didn’t do any type of activity in nearly a year, I have lost a lot of my muscle mass. Having said that, I feel great and energetic, and I’m excited to get started.
With having a baby comes the expected extra few pounds that take time to shed. The extra 10 pounds is slowing me down on my runs right now, but I’m hoping that with some strength training, swimming, biking and running I will be doing in the next 16 weeks will take care of that. I will have to make ensure proper nutrition though. I’m admitting to gravitating towards the bad kind of carbs lately.
Time to train
Finding enough time to properly train will be definitely be a challenge with a young baby on my hands. Not only that but my little family’s time-table is full as well. I have to schedule training around our all our activities, like my son’s swimming and power skating and my husband’s hockey. I can fit my strength training during the weekdays, while my 2-month old naps. Right now, my runs are reserved for weekends and swimming one evening a week. Luckily the days are getting longer and the weather milder and I can start running and biking in the evenings mid-week .
Luckily for me, my husband will be off on vacation for the month of July so I will be able to focus on more training for the last month leading up to Iron Girl.
What are my advantages?
Here is what I think are my advantages:
The first time I did Iron Girl, I started with nothing but my running shoes. I don’t have to worry about gearing up this time around. I have a bike. It’s a hybrid bike and not as fast as a road bike but its way better than a mountain bike. I have a tri kit and I’m happy it will get more use. All the other small items such as a race belt for my number, goggles, bike helmet, lace locks, I can go on and on, I also already have.
I also have the advantage of experience on my side this year. The first time around, I worried about transitions a lot. I didn’t know how to lay my belonging by my bike rack, how to rack my bike and I had to learn all about triathlon etiquette (yep, it’s a thing). With the help of a 10 week tri clinic, a Try-A-Tri and finally Iron Girl, I was able to iron out all the kinks. This time around, I’ll be ready.
Swimming and biking are my weaknesses, but running is my strength. I know from experience that I really need to work on my brick workouts (cycling, then running). Seriously, after cycling, your legs feel like jello. You really need to train those legs to get used to running after the cycling round. This is where I think I can improve the most. I don’t think I did enough brick workouts. Even though I lacked this type of training, I was still passing many women on this section of the triathlon. I can do better this year.
This concludes the first edition of Road to Iron Girl. Here’s to a new adventure and a 16-week countdown to the big event. I hope you follow along as I chronicle my Road to Iron Girl.
If any ladies out there is doing Iron Girl Grimsby, I’ve created a Facebook group. It’s a place were we can connect and discuss all aspects of training and competing in this event. Here’s the link to the group Iron Girl Grimsby 2018 Unite! Just request to join!