Tri Training and Prep: Rookie Version

Oh me oh my. My triathlon is in 2 weeks and I’m getting nervous!


  • TRANSITIONS:  First bike-run transition last week.  JELLY LEGS!  And not a good idea to bring my hydration pack (that I bought unknowingly in a MENS size, thanks, unknowledgable guy in the sporting goods section with the great idea to fit a 5’3” pint sized female into the biggest man size Osprey in the store) because it chaffed up my back where my racerback tank didn’t cover my shoulder blades.  Good to know for race day!
  • GEAR: Bought some MUCH needed running shoes and am giving them two weeks to break in.


2014-04-15 new INOV8 running shoes


WARDROBE:  Shopped online for some tri-shorts and a runner’s belt with loops – I figure I can use the running shorts on longer bike rides if I never do another tri, and I can always use a belt-purse for all the unnecessary accessories I “need” when I hit the outdoors.  I’ll just rock a wicking sports bra and swim in the shorts –  if this is something I want to do again, I’ll accessorize properly.  #dontcare


  • STRENGTH & CONDITIONING:  Just finished a strength cycle that focused on squats and muscular endurance (sprints, sled pushes); about to start a work capacity cycle focused on running/speed.  OH GREAT!  They know just what I need 🙂

Atomic Athlete sprints

Atomic Athlete – sprints


  • BIKING:  2-3x/week biking to the gym (5.5 miles each way); one bike-run transition per week until Tri; one long bike ride (12+ miles) per week until Tri.  Check one for Tuesday bike to gym! Fortunately, I’ve become a much stronger rider in the past few months. When
  • RUNNING:  Starting a running cycle at the gym, in addition will run 5k three times before Tri.  I’ve been integrating POSE running techniques taught by a local badass Valerie Hunt and in the past year and a half since I’ve learned about it, minimalist shoes have been my go-to and I’ve worked on my form.  From the town lake shoulder to feeling light, fast, and airy, the results have been significant and the pain I used to feel in my knees is gone.  That being said, I need to work on adding a few more miles in KEEPING GOOD FORM the whole time.  Anytime I feel my shoulders hunch and fatigue starts creating the notorious “Town Lake Shuffle” I stop and walk until I can run correctly.  Form over distance!
  • SWIMMING:  UM – I’ve totally been slacking.  Will swim 2x/week (4 times total for 30 minutes MINIMUM) before the race.  Totally not prepared, but at least I know how to swim (thanks swim team and my parents for wanting to keep us busy in the summers!)
  • EATING/LIVING CLEAN:  Oh yeah.  Two weeks of no alcohol or crap food.  Glad I got in my Mexican food and margarita fix this past weekend.  Since food = fuel, I need my body to recover and stay conditioned.  Plus, when I stop eating chips and queso my pallet actually gets enough natural sweetness from fruit and my fat cravings are satiated by peanut/almond butter and high quality oils.  And I don’t feel like taking a nap after every meal…


HITS Triathlon in 11 days!

HITS swim promo



“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” 
― Robert F. Kennedy


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