My identical twin sister Julie and I live 500 km apart, however, we are training for our first triathlon sprint which we will be doing together in Grimsby in August. So, we will be writing Wednesday updates of our tri-training on this blog in an 8 week series called Trials & Tribulations of Triathlon Twins.
Doing an Iron Girl together was Julie’s idea. We wanted to come up with a great way to celebrate our 40th birthdays and I took her challenge. Now the game is on! At first it seemed like an impossible challenge but as we draw closer, I am confident that we can do it!
Just to bring you up to speed if you are new to Run Mommy Run, both Julie and I have learned to swim since late 2015 so we can do this triathlon. While Julie swims mostly during her lunch hour at work, being coached by a co-worker, I’ve joined some endurance swimming classes at the local pool since September of 2015. I’m still a very slow swimmer and Julie is just about the same speed. Both of us have been runners from several years and we are also new to biking.
I’ve joined a local 8 week tri clinic where we learn about the disciplines, bike, swim run as well as transitions, etiquette and nutrition. Julie’s training strategy is different. She’s doing it on her own using Athleta Iron Girl Training plan.
We are very competitive and we are constantly comparing stats. So far, I’m ahead in running. Julie has a road bike while I’m going to be using a hybrid so Julie definitely has the competitive advantage on this one. We are still debating on the swimming!
On Sunday, I did my first brick workout. A brick workout is a combination of any of the three triathlon disciplines, it could be swim/bike, swim/run or bike/run. On Sunday, I did a 5 km bike ride and a 3 km run. I was quite surprised how difficult it was to run after biking. I’m going to try to do a 10 km bike/5 km run this weekend.
My Tri clinic is on Monday nights. This Monday night’s lesson was on all about open water swimming. I had so much fun. I had no idea how hard putting a wet suit on was. The water was quite cold so I was happy to have one on. We didn’t get to do much swimming, we were more into putting on our wetsuit and learning how to take it off and transition to biking. I’m lucky that this clinic is offered in my little community. Next week I get to bike there for a lesson on biking.
You can catch my weekly training plan on my Motivate Me Monday post
Julie is a busy mom of two active boys, 13 and 10, who both play hockey in the winter and in rep lacrosse in the summer. They travel somewhere in Ontario almost every other weekend in the summer, yet Julie finds time to still train for her triathlon.
Julie says: (Psst… using your lunch hour is a great way to fit in some training time!)
Just last week, I was out mountain biking with my youngest son. We were about 3 km away from home on a gravel road when all of a sudden, I fell with my bike. Luckily, my face broke the fall. I joke about this now, but I was very grateful that I was wearing a bike helmet (see picture below). Who knows how much worst it could have been. Honestly, I only started wearing a bike helmet this year. I’m lucky nothing bad happened in the past, but I learned my lesson. I’ve had to buy a new helmet since the accident.