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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.

Now I’m not so sure. continue reading

Beginner Triathlete Guide: Triathlon Training Over Fifty

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Over a year ago, I started dreaming about competing in my very first triathlon.  A month from today, if all goes well, that dream will become a reality.

It has, quite literally, been a long road.

In the last eleven months, I have run, and biked, and swum hundreds of miles, some of them faster than I ever imagined would be possible.  I’ve still got some training to do but, when the day comes, I’ll be ready.

I’ve worked hard and learned a lot.  One of the things I’ve learned is that age and inexperience need not hinder athleticism. As long as you’re good health and willing to put in the effort, I’m convinced that just about anybody can complete a triathlon.

Here are some triathlon training tips for your first, over-fifty triathlon.  continue reading

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

Diving Into the Deep End and Out of Your Comfort Zone

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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.

I didn’t make it. 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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