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Triathlon - now I'm registered

I've been continuing my triathlon training at the gym. Today I did something neat: I swam, ran and biked all the distances of my mini-tri. It took about 55 minutes and in no way captured what it would really be like to be racing, except for maybe the fun and excitement of being on a bike with a wet butt. It did give me a chance to generally check out what I'm planning on wearing, and the new Panache swim suit with the killer support bra is the shit. Now, it doesn't have any "anti-chafing" qualities for the bike bit, but man can you run in that mother. I don't know if I'll even bother with the tri "suit" I bought, it's so damned useless with its toy bra. There's also the question of a wetsuit, which is apparently obgligatory at certain temperatures and forbidden at others. I don't want to spent a bunch of money for something I actually can't wear the day of the race - in fact, I want to spend as little money as possible on gear. I'll have to get it sorted if I need one, though, somehow ... aargh.

In related news the book emmarytz recommended showed up, but given that it's written by a woman who runs Iron Mans I'm not sure to what extend her advice will hold true for me. On the other hand, unlike the people at the gym whose triathlon training suggestions were to work on increasing my speed at running and biking and jack shit about swimming or transitions, I suspect Trialthlon Revolution will still hold some value even for a greenhorn who's not going all wild doing insane distances.

Anyway, I was feeling good enough about my abilities that on Tuesday I actually registered for the race in question, hoping firmly that my health holds stable (despite the current challenges to my stress levels) and that I'm able to make it and complete. My only goal is to complete. For me, given how far I've come in a year, that will definitely be a win.


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Jun. 20th, 2014 03:36 am (UTC)
You can probably look up average water temperatures for when and where your tri will be. If it's in the summer and near where you've been training, you're probably fine without one if you're swimming without one now. (Mayhem came to grief through not having one, but that was an unseasonably cold March in New Orleans with temperatures far below average. So coming out of winter, there wasn't enough time for the water to re-warm. Coming out of a nice warm summer, that should be less of a concern for you.)
Jun. 22nd, 2014 02:04 pm (UTC)
The thing is, I'm required to wear one if the temperature is too low, and, er, I'm not sure how much variance there is per day. So I'm worried about needing one and not having one and then not being able to participate. But this says the water temperature was 22 last week, so maybe it'll be fine (still) in three weeks time ...
Jun. 20th, 2014 04:05 am (UTC)
The author is supposed to be experienced enough to know what she's talking about -- and able to adapt her knowledge to beginners so I hope the book will be useful to you! Let me know, though, whether it is or not. -em.
Jun. 20th, 2014 07:02 am (UTC)
I'm really excited about it, everything I've read online has seemed really quickly thrown together and aimed at selling sports gear. This seems really thorough.
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