A few weeks ago I completed an event I’ve been thinking about for WAY too long! I had done two sprint distance triathlons in my day (back in 2008 and 2010) but I’d always wanted to take it to the next level. Instead of warming back in to it and doing ANOTHER sprint I thought I’d step my game up and I signed up for my first International/Olympic distance – Life Time Fitness Minneapolis!
And so happy I did
|First International Triathlon!|
As far as training went, my body was already prepped for the bike and run due to other recent events (Lake Minnetonka Half, Esprit de She Duathlon, MS150 Bike Ride, Grandma’s Marathon). I loved training in my Coeur Sports Tri Kit (I’m an Ambassador for this amazing women’s-specific endurance sports clothing brand). So comfy and stylish that I feel unstoppable when I wear it! My Super Hero outfit haha 😉
|Representing Coeur Sports|
The swim – that’s another story ha. Thought I would be smart and get myself a wetsuit! No drowning for this lady!!
|Being super awesome while trying on wetsuits!|
Thank goodness the event provided an Open Swim night at the same lake the tri would take place – Lake Nokomis. To be honest I hadn’t swam once and I was pretty nervous! Glad I had my long-lost friend there with me. Our boyfriends were good friends back in college. Welp they are now happily married (they’re adorable) and I am happily single (independence can be blissful people). BUT good news is we could reunite over an athletic event! This was her first triathlon so she opted for the sprint distance. I felt like a newbie too as it was my first international distance and let’s be honest – it had been five years since my last tri. How did that happen? Talk about being back in the game…BAM!
There was no need to be nervous and it was actually quite fun! Ran in to a few other people I knew and we kept in touch throughout the rest of our training and race day.
|Reconnecting Through Tri!|
I also got one last practice swim at my cabin on the 4th of July!
|Swimmin at the Cabin!|
|At Packet Pickup!|
|SWIM ~ BIKE ~ RUN|
I was delighted to see my transition station was on the very end – how lucky! This means I could spread my stuff out just a little bit more and not feel so darn claustrophobic.
|All set up! And so lucky to be on an end!|
…well I thought I was set-up. A guy setting up close to me asked if he could give me a few helpful suggestions. Of course I said YES PLEASE because I am no expert here! He wound up switching around my whole setup!
|Almost Ready with new Setup!|
He also provided me with anti-chaffing body glide to help get my wetsuit off easily (I’m clueless I tell you). Love how a perfect stranger can be SO generous especially during a semi-stressful setting up time! The jitters! K maybe that’s just me
|My Gracious Tri Mentor!|
So freaking happy I bought a wetsuit and was able to actually wear it. The water temperature was 86, which came close to the max of 88 degrees. Two degrees away from wearing a wetsuit illegal! Whew!
It was honestly pretty tough though. Every time I looked up I thought I was inching toward that turn but false alarm after false alarm. When I was finally able to touch the ground I realized how bad I had to pee ha! I knew I didn’t want to waste time in the bathroom during the run so I gave myself an extra 23 seconds to relieve myself in the lake. TMI?
– Go to the bathroom right right before the start if you don’t want to be “that girl” peeing in the lake ha!
– Get anti-chaffing body glide stick for wetsuit
– Baby shampoo for goggles prevents them from fogging
– Learned how to put on a swimcap the proper way haha
|SO happy to tear off that wetsuit!|
I was a tad bit out of it but remembered the tips I learned to quickly remove my wetsuit. Kinda surprised I didn’t stumble on the ground as I’m kinda a klutz! I was also SO happy that my “mentor” helped set up my space. It was neatly organized and allowed me to quickly transition into the bike without forgetting anything.
– Place goggle on head when getting out of the water
– Unzip wetsuit and remove arms as quick as possible
– Stick towel out so you can quickly step on it and remove and extra sand and water before putting on your socks
– Put sunglasses and gloves in helmet so you don’t forget them!
– Just wear running shoes if you don’t have clip-ins. I had biking shoes but by doing this it allowed me to save valuable time in transition
My bike riding is still not good. I have never done the clip-in thing (I know) but I have bought them. I just need to GET BIKE SHOES and start practicing. Hopefully that helps or I might be a lost cause.
– Get clip-in shoes and start practicing ASAP
– Train more idiot
– I go back and forth with purchasing aero handlebars and a aero helmet. Any input?!
Not gonna lie I ROCKED THIS! 1st in my age group. Whaaat?!
Bahaha it might have helped that I really only needed to hang up my bike, take off my helmet and gloves, snap on my race bib – and GO! Booyah.
Always my strongest event and this one did not disappoint.
– Purchase a viser to help keep sun AND sweat out of the face. Strategury.
– Training is absolutely essential. Proud of my discipline.
|Jumping for joy at the sight of the finish!|
|1st International Triathlon = DONE!|
|We did it!!|
|A medal well earned!|
– I am so blessed and honored to be an Ambassador for Coeur Sports. This brand is all about representing women in endurance sports and means a lot to me. This passion was reaffirmed with I met another Minnesota rep for the first time. She came running up to me as I was peeling on my wetsuit before the race. At first I thought she had me mistaken for another person but then I realized we were wearing the same Coeur Tri Kit – DUH!! My long-lost sista!
I also reunited with another Coeur Ambassador that has been a super helpful mentor to me. Her name is Erin and check out her awesome blog Sweet Sweat Life. These are strong, powerful women with so much energy and love to give! I can’t wait to stay in touch with them as we have so much in common. Love you ladies!
|My Coeur Ladies!!|
– HAVE FUN every second of each race you do. It flies by SO quickly and the main reason we do this is for fun. Enjoy every single stroke, pedal, stride and keep smiling!! And as always – celebrate at the finish
|Childhood soccer pal came to support me!|
|Enjoying celebratory libations!|
Feel free to check out my results online (search Christina Fontana) or simply view below: