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Training Journal – Baby’s Second Tri

I don’t know if I ever mentioned it before but in 2008 I did an indoor sprint triathlon in Wisconsin. I was part of a triathlon training group and the indoor tri was practice for timing, transition, and the feeling of a competition atmosphere. It was a lot of fun, and I felt like I was almost ready for the Danskin Women’s Triathlon when I had to move to Chicago and didn’t get to do it. Still, I thought it was a lot of fun and wanted to do one in the future.

Flash forward to today, when I decided I was going to try and do a mini-sprint triathlon – the Spa Girl tri. I’m pretty excited about it but I was wishing I had the opportunity to practice my timing and transition. Enter the Divas Virtual Sprint Triathlon.


In 2017, Charlotte and I decided to run the Divas Half Marathon. It wasn’t an exciting route and we were disappointed by the lack of firemen by the time we finished, but we got the biggest medal we’ve ever seen and took pictures of ourselves in tiaras and boas.

The race was geared toward women, with an emphasis on inclusiveness and achievement, so I was excited about the virtual tri. I can do most or all of it indoors, it’ll give me a chance to practice timing and transition, and it’ll be as fun as the indoor triathlon I did in Wisconsin. Charlotte’s already making fun of me because I plan to put a triathlon magnet on my car but I don’t care. I’m totally going to be That Guy.

I talked one of my Possum buddies into doing it with me too, so that’ll be fun! It won’t be the same experience as the Spa Girl triathlon but we’ll have a good time and get a fancy medal to boot. I can’t wait to see the size of this thing.


Training Journal – Highly Suggestible

As we have already established by my marathon training, I am very easy to talk into potentially bad ideas. My friend Richard talked me into a marathon. My best friend talked me into the Badass Texas half marathon in three (!!) weeks. And now it seems my spin instructor may have talked me into a triathlon.

A little background here: it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve trained for a triathlon. I’ve actually done one as a matter of fact, a little indoor triathlon at the YMCA in Wisconsin. My proudest moment was not being the last person out of the pool. I am an AWFUL swimmer. I’m also terrible on a bike. So why am I doing this?

I’m a very big believer in conquering your fears. So even though the thought of putting my face in the water gives me panic attacks, I go swimming twice a week. One of my other close friends wants me to go bike riding with her so she can teach me not to leap off my bike instead of stopping it. I’m hoping that I’ll not only gain enough confidence to complete Baby’s First Triathlon, my running will improve as well.

This month my goal is to swim 1/4 mile twice a week, go to spin class twice a week, and run 3-4 times a week. If I have a goal – say, a triathlon to train for – I’ll be more likely to stick to this schedule.

Next stop, Badass Texas half!