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Marie’s Triathlon Journey

Triathlon Guide: What To Expect At A Triathlon

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In the hours and days since completing my second sprint triathlon, I have been basking in my accomplishment and enjoying the rewards of all that hard work. (You can read about my first foray into triathlons here.)

Eating absolutely anything I wanted after the race was high on the list. Because, let’s face it, this is one of the primary benefits of running a tri. I’ve also spent time admiring my finisher’s medal. It’s big, and pink, and super-girly, exactly befitting of swag for the so-named “Girlfriends Triathlon”.

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Look at my pink swag! Thanks Girlfriends Triathlon & Fitness Festival!


I’ve spent quite a bit of time sharing dramatic stories and humorous anecdotes about the race with friends and family. The story of how I simply can NOT seem to swim in a straight line is a particular favorite. If the nice man in the yellow kayak wasn’t there to guide me back onto the course, I would have swum across the river instead of down it and ended up in a different state!

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Diving Into the Deep End and Out of Your Comfort Zone

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I’ve been standing out on the deck in my bathrobe this morning, cheering and clapping for a long line of runners who have been streaming down the bike path near my house.  The Pacific Crest Endurance Sports Festival is taking place in my community today, the same event that, two years ago, inspired me to try tackling my first sprint triathlon.  

In honor of that anniversary, I decided repost this blog I wrote in February of 2018. I don’t know what challenges, crazy notions, or comfort zone smashing ideas might be tugging at your sleeve right now, but I hope reading this will inspire a few of you to dive into the deep and take them on.

It’s okay to be scared. It’s not okay to let fear prevent you from living ferociously and fully.

You can do this.



In the fall of 2017, I began swimming twice a week as part of my triathlon training.  Like a lot of novice triathletes, this was the part of the race that made me nervous.  It wasn’t that I couldn’t swim, just that I didn’t – at least, not very often and not very far.

Finding a race that required a swim of just 300 meters in a pool was what made me decide to go through with it.  The security of swimming in a pool, where lifeguards would be on the watch, made the whole thing a lot less daunting. Three hundred meters was still farther than I’d swum in a long time but it seemed doable.

For the first session of training, my goal was to swim 50 meters.   That’s just two complete lengths of the pool, up and back.

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Crossing the Finish Line: What I Learned From My First Sprint Triathlon

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Fair warning: this is going to be a long post. I think it’s the longest I’ve ever written. But I’ve got so much to tell you. And at the end of it, there’s something I want to ask you. So, hang in here with me. We’ve got lots to talk about.

First off, I did it! I completed my first sprint triathlon.

No, not in the time I had hoped for. But as a couple of you wisely pointed out, I beat everybody who stayed at home on the couch.

The sprint triathlon didn’t kick off until Saturday but I picked up my race packet on Friday. When I pulled my bib number from the envelope, adrenalin, anxiety, and excitement flush through my veins.  continue reading

How to Face your Fears When Self-Doubt Tells You To Give Up

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I’m writing this on a Saturday.  Not just any Saturday but the Saturday that falls exactly one week before September 8, 2018.

That’s the day I’ll be running my first triathlon. It’s the day I’ve been dreaming about for nearly a year. But lately, not necessarily in a good way.

A month ago, I wrote a post on how to train for a first triathlon. Near the end of that post, I recalled all the miles of training and hours of preparation I’ve put in for September 8th.  Though I was nervous, I said I felt confident that I was ready and would finish the race. Not only that, I predicted I would finish strong.

That was then.

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Bicycle Buyer’s Guide: What To Know When Buying a New Bike

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As I pointed out in my recent post about my ongoing garage makeover, we own several bicycles. Four, to be exact.

Even so, when it comes to training for and competing in my upcoming first triathlon, none of the four are up to the challenge. (Truthfully, there are days when I’m not sure I’m up the challenge either. Time will tell!)  Two of the four are youth bikes, one is way to big for me, and the fourth is my bike, a twenty-two year old women’s cruiser.

There’s really nothing wrong with it that a good tune up wouldn’t fix. But with only seven pretty clunky gears and a weight of fifty pounds plus, my cruiser wasn’t making the grade. I mean that almost literally.  Asking the old girl to climb hills was like asking my spaniel to do algebra – just way beyond her pay grade. I definitely needed a new bike. continue reading

Never Too Late – Marie’s First Triathlon

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Today, I am making a huge and surprising announcement.

Ready? Here goes…

In 2018, I intend to enter and complete my first triathlon.

Okay, sure. In the grand scheme of things, this isn’t quite stop-the-presses news.  Hundreds of thousands of athletes compete in triathlons every year, I get that.  But, for someone like me, this is a very big deal.

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