Hi there! How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun- go to a fair, try a new restaurant, or soak up some sun?
This weekend was my Iron Girl Triathlon and it was fabulous! All of my hard work and training paid off because I set a personal record: 1:37:41!! I was a little worried last week because two weeks ago the training was starting to wear me down and I felt like all I was doing was working out, no time for anything else. The training was definitely worth it in terms of how well I did but next time I’ll rest an extra day per week. Sometime I get so caught up in the training and become so regiment about it that I forget to do other things like relax, read a book, or cook dinner for my fiancé.
Mike was awesome throughout the 8 weeks of training especially with cooking dinner during the week. I think I owe him dinner for the rest of the year. ;) And I was so happy to have him at the race cheering me on. He did a great job of taking pictures of the whole event and he was very patient which I imagine was hard, our day started at 4:30 in the morning and I didn’t start the race until 7:45 and finished just before 9:30. Then add on the hour long trip home plus after we ate brunch we were stuck in downtown Greendale for an hour because of the Village Days Parade!
But once we arrived home we both took well deserved naps and then watched an invigorating PGA Championship Golf Tournament. Can you believe how exciting that tournament was?! We couldn’t decide who to root for- Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, or Rory McIlroy. Rory is my favorite but I would have been just as happy for Rickie or Phil to win.
But now that my triathlon is done, I wanted to share with you some of the techniques that I tried in this year’s triathlon that I believe really made a difference with my transitions. My transition times were under 2 minutes each and the first one could have been less if I hadn’t ran past my bike, whoops!
- My attire- I wore tri shorts and a tri top. No need to put a shirt on after I got out of the water or try and get into bike shorts. The tri shorts have minimal padding for the bike but for only 12 miles I was fine with it. I’ve also seen some women wear only their one piece bathing suit and I tried this during my training but I was more comfortable with my tri shorts.
- Lack of socks- it sounds crazy but when you’re on the bike your feet hardly shift and it’s another thing that saves time in the transition. Some people will spend 3 to 5 minutes putting on socks or shirts when they could be out on the bike course already. But if you’re not worried about time go for the comfort of socks. The lack of socks did hurt later when I started the run and I ended up with blisters on my arches but I think that was partly due to gravel on the course during mile 2. If the run was longer than 3.1 miles I would have worn socks.
- Yankz Sure Lace System– I didn’t have to worry about tying my running shoes. I slipped them on and then pulled the shoelace clasp tight. That had to have saved at least a minute of my time.
- Race bib belt– another great time saver because I didn’t have to safety pin my bib to a shirt and then slide it on. I just clipped it around my waist and was off!
I have to admit the shirts and medals are one of the motivators for my races and the swag was excellent! They were selling t shirts with the logo on the back with every participant’s name in the logo and I couldn’t resist (not pictured)! The shirt is super comfortable and I will be wearing it all the time!