As an ambassador for See Jane Run, I am offered the opportunity to participate in each SJR athletic event as well as give away an entry to a lucky reader here on the blog. A few months ago, I was asked if I wanted to participate in See Jane Run’s upcoming triathlon and I respectfully replied, “HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!”
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I am an on-two-feet-kinda-athlete. I have done some long-distance cycling and even did the Muddy Buddy ride/run in 2011 (which was a hilarious catastrophe!) but have never, ever, ever, EVER swam in open water as I am a big chicken and never really learned how to tread water.
Nevertheless, I have always been so very impressed by my triathlete friends- the running itself is hard enough, I can’t imagine mastering swimming and cycling on top of that! AMAZING!- so I interviewed a couple triathletes to get their take on this incredibly challenging and rewarding sport and am also offering one lucky reader an entry to the See Jane Run Women’s Triathlon on Ocotber 5th in Pleasanton, California. Keep reading to learn how to win!
I interviewed 2 of my friends from Team in Training, Emily (aka Iron Embo) and Terri. Emily is a veteran triathlete with eight under her water belt and Terri is getting ready for her second triathlon on October 5th with See Jane Run. And here is what they said!
How many triathlons have you done? How did you get your start?
TERRI: I’ve only done one triathlon, the Tri for Fun this past August. I’ve run marathons for leukemia in honor of my father who’s in remission and I wanted to change it up so I added an Olympic distance tri.
EMILY: I watched my cousin do the Wildflower Long Course in 2009 with Team in Training. It looked like so much fun, so the next year I signed up to do the Olympic distance with TNT: Wildflower Olympic 2010/2012, Big Kahuna 2010, Wildflower long course 2011/2012/2013, Ironman Canada 2011, and Ironman Couer d’Alene 2012.
What was the first sport you mastered? When you started, what were your goals?
TERRI: Running. I’ve been a distance runner since 2001. My goal is to always finish before the batteries die out on my watch.
EMILY: Every summer for 10 years as a child, I’d go to swim practice five days a week and had meets twice a week. I also swam for my high school for 3 years and did “distance” (500 yards then which doesn’t seem long at all now!). I was never really that dedicated, but I am so thankful now that I have that experience because it makes swimming the one thing I don’t really need to worry about.
What is your training plan like? How many days do you dedicate a week to each discipline?
TERRI: Swimming is my weakest sport, because I haven’t competed since elementary school. I try to spend 3-4 days a week in the pool or in the open water at Lake Del Valle. If I have time, I try to roll that into a brick workout (adding a run/bike session on top). Due to time constraints, I add most of my run/bike portion on the weekends.
EMILY: Ironman training is 6 days a week for 10 months. A lot of the days are double workouts. Swim and spin or bike and run. The weekend workouts could last up to 10 hours a day when we got closer to the event. I’m training for two marathons right now, and that’s super easy compared to Ironman training.
What is your proudest triathlon moment?
TERRI: I was able to draft a 10 year old kid on the bike part, and didn’t get caught. Actually, finishing my first triathlon was my proudest moment!
What was your worst?
EMILY: This year I was burnt out, I was just tired of working out all the time. I signed up for Wildflower long course and Vineman Aquabike, but I didn’t follow the schedule. Wildflower was so difficult this year, I almost didn’t make the bike cutoff and I didn’t make the run cutoff, but they still gave me a medal. I realized that I couldn’t sign up and do triathlons just because my friends were or because that’s what I’ve been doing. I need to really really want it, otherwise I’ll be miserable.
Advice for anyone interested in trying a tri and/or beginners?
TERRI: Practice and have fun! Everyone starts sometime!
EMILY: I recommend training with a group like Team in Training or Tri Valley Triathlon Club. It is so much more fun to meet up with people every week, it keeps you motivated.
Who, or what, in triathlon inspires you?
TERRI: My Coach, ironman triathlete, Dennis Rodgers- he’s patient but he pushes me!
EMILY: My cousin was my first inspiration and now I am inspired by all my friends who continue to training week after week, month after month, year after year. Many of them do it to raise money for cancer research and because they love the challenge. Having so many people in my life that are dedicated to health and helping others inspires me.
What question did you hope that I’d ask you, but haven’t? And what is the answer to that question?
EMILY: Have you ever peed on the bike? The answer is no. I actually tried because it would save time, and I’m slow enough that sometimes a few minutes could mean the difference between making the bike cutoff or not but it’s really difficult. I’ve stopped trying now though. I haven’t DNFd in a race yet, but I’ve completed enough so it’s not that important to me. I think I’d rather DNF than be covered in my own pee all day.
Follow-up: have you ever peed in your wetsuit?
EMILY: Everyone pees in their wetsuit!
If you are as inspired by these amazing triathletes as I am and want a chance to win a FREE registration to the See Jane Run triathlon on Ocotber 5th in Pleasanton- here’s how to enter! Rafflecopter giveaway and follow all the prompts to enter!
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