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Break out the Spandex

Posted Apr 04 2013 10:24am

It’s finally warming up here in Florida. The pools are busy and spin classes are full. Tri clubs are getting back in the water. You know what that means?

Break out the spandex, it’s triathlon season!

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I’m happy to report I’ve made almost a full recovery from my back injury . The doctor was right when he said it would be a quick recovery. A full week with no working out wasn’t easy, but it was definitely necessary. After spending the better part of 5 days in bed, I started to feel almost completely back to normal. I went back to the pool on Monday night and to spin class yesterday morning. Both went well and were pain-free!

So what’s next?

I still have a two more half marathon’s this spring, Iron Girl in Clearwater and Nike Women’s Half in DC. I would like to do my best at both of these races but am not setting any time of expectations for them. I plan to have fun and enjoy them both.

Then I’m jumping right into triathlon season. Here is my 2013 lineup:

American Running Company Mock Triathlon – April 6

  • I did this Mock Triathlon last year with my friend Erika and really enjoyed it. This year, Meghan and Patrick are joining as well. This free event is held in Dunedin and is set up as a sprint distance course. There are just so many components to a triathlon I found this event helped me work out the kinks and have a no pressure day of swimming, biking, running and transitioning before the race season started.

Iron Girl Clermont Sprint Triathlon – May 4

  • I am beyond excited for this one. I’ve really wanted to do an Iron Girl triathlon since I got into the sport. This was previously a Danskin event that has now been re-branded as Iron Girl. I was contacted by the wonderful team over at Iron Girl to race it. If you’re looking to do your first triathlon this would be a fantastic option! They have a sprint and super-sprint distance. You can use discount code IGLOVEPB for 15% off

Splash ‘n Dash Duathlon – May 18

  • This will be my first duathlon. Meghan asked me if I’d like to do this with her and I jumped at the chance. It’s a Run-Swim-Run event (Run 2 mile, Swim 600 yards, Run 1 mile) at Pass-a-Grill on St. Pete Beach.

Top Gun Sprint Triathlon – July 27

  • Oh Top Gun, my favorite. This race has always held a special place in my heart . It was my first triathlon back in 2010. This will be my 4th year racing it. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long already.

FD3 International Distance Triathlon – August 24

  • I was back and forth between a few Olympic distance triathlon’s this summer. I did one last year and felt that it was the perfect way to prepare myself for a 70.3. This year, my friend Meghan M. will be joining me for the FD3 International Distance.  It’s a .5 mile swim, 20 mile bike and 10K run.

Ironman 70.3 Miami – October 27

  • Patrick and I decided to do this race a long time ago. It’s definitely going to be my “A” race for the fall. I’ve heard mixed things about the race and course but I’m very excited to be tackling my second 70.3. I learned a lot during my first training cycle that I think will help me with this one.

Guess it’s time to put some air in my bike tires and get back out there. I’m really excited to get back into more regular swimming and biking. I’m working on putting together my goals for this season and should have those up soon!

Are you doing any triathlons this year? Which ones are on your list?

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