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, in August. We are writing weekly updates of our tri-training on Wednesdays in an 8 week series called Trials & Tribulations of Triathlon Twins.
I can’t believe Julie and I are already writing about the our third week of our triathlon twins series! I must admit that thinking about 5 weeks left freaks me out a bit. I totally don’t feel ready. With the local pool being closed, I haven’t been swimming in two weeks except for the one open water swim. The pool should open in the next few days, as well as the public outdoor pool down the street so I’m itching to get swimming again.
On today’s post I talk about my running clinic, while Julie talks about her experience with mountain biking as training.
Lucie’s Story This Week
This week, in my tri clinic training we covered running. You’d think since I’ve run since childhood (minus a 15 year hiatus somewhere between my twenties and thirties) I’d know a lot about running, but wrong. Monday’s lesson was all about the running form. Even in my varsity sprinting days, I don’t believe we ever covered running form. I remember doing block starts over and over and over, but I don’t remember breaking down running form like we did last night.
The information I learned wasn’t all totally new. The basic principles we were going through on Monday ‘s clinic were similar to what I was learning through reading The Running Revolution by Dr. Nicholas Romanov. I started writing a series of post called Learning To Run Faster but I stopped after Chapter 4 (oops). Reading from a book and doing things in practice is completely different. It was nice to have someone say “yes you got it”, or “no, you’re completely off!
My instructor talked about the importance of cadence for biking last week, and again this week, he talked about cadence for running. Wikipedia defines cycling cadence as:
[C]adence (or pedaling rate) is the number of revolutions of the crank per minute; roughly speaking, this is the rate at which a cyclist is pedaling/turning the pedals.
Running cadence is similar, except it’s the number of full cycles taken with a pair of feet. Apparently, the magic number for cadence seems to be 90 rpm. I’m still wrapping my head around this. Luckily, I found out that my Garmin does calculate cadence for running. However, if I want to calculate cadence for my bike, I would have to buy a special bike sensor.
So, now when I’m running, I have to think about cadence, where my feet fall and how long my strides are! Urgh! It’s a lot to think about!
Julie’s Story This Week
On my section of today’s post, I’m talking about my first experience with a women’s mountain bike group.
I have wanted to join this particular mountain bike group for 2 years now. Getting someone to come with me was challenging so I decided to be brave and try it out alone. Joining a group for the first time, in a sport you are totally new at can be very scary. I felt welcomed to the group but still I was a bit intimidated by their nice gear. These women looked like they knew what they were doing!
They divided the group into 2 groups. There was a “skills group” and a “fitness group”. I was part of the skills group, this is the group that are learning the skills needed for mountain biking.
Our group leader’s wise words really instilled confidence and helped me be braver while facing obstacles.
“Trust that your wheel can go over that obstacle.” & “Look around the bend.”
I came home still feeling “high” from my success. Since it was my first experience, you can expect that there were some fails, but we did have some do-overs too. Perhaps I failed again on those do-overs. Some obstacles were a bit too scary and I chose to walk around them, but I know that one day I will succeed.Words of mountain bike wisdom: Trust that your wheels can go over the obstacle, look around the bend. Click To Tweet
This was exactly the environment I was looking for to learn mountain biking skills; a welcoming group of women willing to take time to teach other women some mountain bike skills to grow the sport.
That concludes this week’s episode of triathlon twins. Tune in next Wednesday when Julie and I come to terms with the fact that we are half way through our training with only 4 weeks to go! Yikes!
Join the conversation:
- Have you tried a new sport later in life? What was it, how was your experience?
- Any avid cyclist out there that have more words of wisdom for a newbie?
- Any ideas what Julie and I were thinking when we signed up for our first triathlon?