My identical twin sister Julie and I live 500 km apart, however, we are training for our first triathlon sprint together in Iron Girl Grimsby this August. We are writing weekly updates of our tri-training on Wednesdays(ish) in an 8 week series called Trials & Tribulations of Triathlon Twins.
Oh my! We are getting close to Iron Girl, with just a little over 3 weeks left. I can’t believe how fast time is flowing by. Where has this summer gone? I feel totally unprepared for the Triathlon. If you read my MotivateMe post this Monday, you’ll know that I signed myself up for a Try-A-Tri this Sunday which should help to asses my Iron Girl readiness.
I’m getting quite anxious for Sunday’s event. I’ve had to make a few last-minute purchases to make me feel more at ease. And, I’m also practicing my transition area set-up to see if it’s going to work.
My new purchases include:
- A race belt (and I got one for Julie too!)
- And tire repair kit and saddle bag for my bike
- A water bottle cage for my bike
- Some energy gels and chews
- Lace locks for my shoes
The transition between swimming and biking, and biking to running is what gives me the most anxiety about this Try-A-Tri. Unfortunately, transitions is what they covered in the Tri Clinic I missed last Monday while away on vacation. I know the least about transitions. I also have to read up on triathlon rules and etiquette. I don’t want to be disqualified for anything. I will be practicing my transition/bike set-up so that I have it down for race day. Here it is:
Transition Set Up:
- Helmet, with strap open
- Sunglasses, with arms spread out inside the helmet
- Energy gels inside my Nike 2 Bottle Waist Pack
- Running shoes, with lace locks
- Socks, one in each shoe, rolled so they are easier to slip on
- Race belt.
- My Pearl Izumi sun visor for my run (missing from the photo above, actually it’s missing all together. I can’t find it!).
Ok, I think that’s all I need for race day. If not, I’ll learn the hard way and let you know about it on my race recap!
Is it hot out there or what? Training has been difficult because of the heat and humidity. My runs have been short and slow. Cooling off in the water has been more enjoyable, which brings me to open water swimming.
I did my first open water swim this week. I was really nervous and I’ll have to do it more often to get comfortable. You can train in a pool all you want, but it’s completely different when you get out in the open water.
For biking, I’ve done more mountain biking than road biking because it’s something I can do with my sons. It’s something we can do as a whole family and that we all enjoy!
Uhm… Did Lucie say there’s only 3 weeks left? Yikes!
Join the conversation:
- Am I missing anything for my first Try-A-Tri?
- How do you set up for your transition?
- Any tips for these two beginners?