Sprint Tri

Last night I signed up for a sprint triathlon on June 7. (Insert nervous face emoji here.) From what I gather, sprint distances vary a bit. This one is a 500m swim, 14 mile bike ride and 3.1 mile run, so basically level: n00b. It will be a good first step into tris and I'll be that much closer to crossing another thing off my bucket list! (I asked them to add a zipline portion so I could cross 2 things off, but they haven't returned my calls.) I'm very excited about a race that involves wardrobe changes.

With 63% confidence, I can say that I can currently complete each piece of the race separately. As of right this moment, however, I'd probably not be 100% successful in living through it if I tried to do all three together. But that's the point, races give you a goal to reach for. I need some new and exciting goals now that my knee is mostly healed. (Unrelated: Is playing soccer again a terrible idea? Because I really want to. Really.)

I'm not gonna lie, friends. I'm rill nervous about race day. I don't have ANY triathlon gear and it's new and scary and weird and it seems very, very expensive and everything is happening so fast I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MY HANDS. I'm definitely not going balls out and buying a road bike for this, I'll just power through on my cruiser. I can put my dog in the basket. Or maybe a picnic lunch for me and my future triathlon friends.


Do you have any solid triathlon advice? Tell me in the comments!

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  1. I did a sprint tri and you need try training in "bricks" which is tri speak for doing two of the portions back to back. It will help tremendously. Going from pool to bike and then bike to run will help you train for the transitions but also help your muscles adjust for going between the two. It seems easy, but your legs will be all OMG what are you doing to me when you try to go between biking to running. I almost fell down during my first lap (my tri was thankfully all indoors). Practice your entire thing in your race day outfit. I did my entire thing in running capris and a sports bra (for the swim), and then added a tank for the bike and run. Swimming in the capris was an adjustment for me.

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    1. Awesome, thanks! Did you also train mostly indoors? Good to know that you did it in typical running gear, I'm also ambivalent about buying a wet suit.

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    2. Yeah I did it all indoors. I didn't want to spend the cash on a tri suit for one time use....you can totally get away with not using one.

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  2. Go you!!! A sprint tri or mini tri is on my bucket list as well....and I realize typing this out that I have less than a year now to make the 'before I'm 40' goal. dimmit, I'm behind schedule!

    I too don't want to invest too much money, so share your frugal and effective tips when you figure it all out....or at least share your 'what not to do' post!

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    1. Do it! I just googled "2015 trialthlon Dallas" and a whole list came up! If all goes well with this sprint, there's an olympic tri in September I'm thinking about.

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  3. Read the book Triathlon for Every Woman by Meredith Atwood. She has a lot of great advice for starting out in Tri and what gear, supplies, etc you need for each distance.

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  4. I want to do a sprint tri too, but def want to look into getting a proper bike. My body doesn't like running anymore. Anyways- several friends have said to look at bike shops bc they sell used bikes and also to check online (craigslist etc) bc cyclers will sell their bikes when they go to upgrade. The major cost to bikes are related to the frame so the nicer, more quality frame the $$$. You can get a decent starter for $500+ if that's reasonable to you - all this from my BIL who races.

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    1. Maybe after this race if I decide I want to do more, then I'll get a fancypants bike.

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