They sent over a copy of the PowerPoint presentation and I want to share some of the information with you. I actually have never done a triathlon, but was super close in the past. In college I signed up with a female tri-training group, but had to bow out when finals came around
Well, in addition to the training information Iron Girl and Fitness Magazine are sending me two race entries – one for me and one for a friend. I slept on it and decided to go for it! (In reality I went back and forth “Yes” then “No” for a while before deciding to take a chance.)
This means in about a month and a half I will be completing my first triathlon in Lake Tahoe, CA! I am scared and nervous and having second thoughts. But, I feel like I should bite the bullet and “tri” it, so I am!
Luckily, my friend Susan agreed to do the race with me. She and I both admit that we don’t know how to ride a bike to save our lives, and basically do a glorified doggy paddle to swim. We are in trouble. So, I am currently putting together a quick and dirty triathlon training program for us. I’ll post it tomorrow.
Our goal is just to finish. Actually, my goal is to survive. Finishing would be nice too though.
In even better news, the companies have offered to send one reader and a friend free entry to one of the following triathlons:
Racine, WI – July 31st
Boulder, CO – August 28th
Lake Tahoe, CA – September 19th
Plus all this free loot:
(photo courtesy of Savvy Julie)
In the loot bag:
- Iron Girl visor
- Swim goggles
- Athletic socks (1 pair)
- Runervals with Iron Girl DVD
- Bodycology body wash
- Bodycology body mist
- Dr Teal’s Peppermint Food Scrub
- Rohto Dry Eye eyedrops
- FlexPower pain relief cream
- Luna bar
- Luna protein bar
Are you game?
If so, please leave a comment on this post telling me which “Tri” you’d want to try!
Now for the helpful Tri info…
One of the most important aspects of triathlon training is Brick work outs.
“Brick” = Bricks refer to training for two events during the same workout (ex. swim & bike), with minimal or seamless transition from one to another, just as you would do in a race
Mary Christ Anderson from Fitness Magazine was on the call and had some great
Race Day Tips:
• 2-3 hours before your race, eat something with 0.9 grams of carbs per pound of body weight (Ex. a 140-pound woman, that’s 126 grams)
• 5 Minutes before the race, do four to six 30-second strides bursts. It’s a smart way to warm up your muscles versus doing static stretches before a race but that’s been found to actually decrease the power in muscles
• Within 30 minutes of your finish, refuel with chocolate milk. Research shows replenishing with protein and simple carbohydrates within 30 minutes after a workout or race is the best way to recover quickly
Chocolate milk after a work out? Sign me up!
There are eight Iron Girl Triathlon races left this year and three of them area already sold out! If you are thinking about doing a race sign up today as triathlons seem to be all the rage right now.
You can find out more about the Iron Girl events here.
Now friends, I am ridiculously second guessing my agreement to do a triathlon, so if you are on the fence at all, enter the contest and let fate decide if you should do it or not.
Leave a comment and let me know which race you’d do if chosen. I’ll send over your entry and loot!
Contest ends Thursday (7/8/10) at midnight PST. I will announce the winner by noon on Friday July 9th.