While there are those incredible Ironman races you see on TV, I do the "sprint" distance. I should tell you this name is a misnomer. There are people who finish the race in about an hour. Me? Not so much.
Make no mistake, I am going as fast as I can. I'm just slow by nature.
But, that does not mean there is no reason to tri (see what I did there?) Anyone who wants to can do a triathlon. In order to swim in a triathlon if you are not a confident swimmer, I have one word for you:
A triathlon wetsuit, to be precise. If I ever go on a cruise (which will be never) I think I will take my wetsuit with me. It's warmer and more buoyant than a life jacket. But, word to the wise, you should wear your wetsuit in the lake a few times before your race because it takes some getting used to.
Now that we've covered the swim--assuming, of course, that you're going to the pool at least a couple of times a week--let's move on to the bike. When buying a bike, do not be swayed by the salesperson who tries to sweet talk you into a sleek, fast road bike so that you can speed by all the other racers. If you have not ridden a bike since you thought Barbie and G.I. Joe should get married and have lots of Skipper babies, then you should look for a bike that:
A) Fits you. B) You can balance on. Just kidding. You want to make sure you can just stay upright.
C) You can stop on...without having to jump off. Jump, fall, whatevs.
Granted, I may be in the minority on the biking issues, but my hybrid and I get along much better than my road bike and I did. By the by, anyone need a road bike? I'll give you a good price. You can take spin classes and put your bike on a trainer to get practice in the off season, but if you're like me and actually do forget how to ride a bike, grab a friend (or reluctant spouse) and hit the bike paths. Once you've gotten the bike part out of the way, you have the last leg of the race: the run. Or crawl walk. You might have to weave through people going more slowly than you who are using those 3 miles to catch up on the latest about what Chandelier said to Salmonella on the Bachelor this week, but you just have to slink over the finish line at this point and grab that finisher's medal! And that's it! You're done! So, if you have thought you could never do a triathlon, I am living proof that you absolutely can. There are even indoor triathlons that use a pool, treadmill, and stationary bike so you can tri very safely.
Oh, one little, itty bitty thing I forgot to mention: transitions. A.K.A. how to get out of your wetsuit and onto your bike in a jiffy, and off your bike and into your run in a millisecond. But I think I'll save that for another day. Thanks so much, Lea, for letting me take over your blog today!
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