My big sister called for some advice today. I think that’s a first. Usually it’s the other way around. But she’s doingÂ Cheltenham Triathlon, which isÂ her first triathlon (actually, I think it’s her first race of any kind)Â and she had a few questions. Think I might have overwhelmed her. We discussed what to wear, what and when to eat and drink, swim starts, how to pass in the pool, what to do if you panic in the pool, transitions, transition set-up, biking skills, drafting rules, bike to run,Â whether to wear socks, etc. etc. I wish I were there to help her because the first triathlon is so freaking daunting. Remember yours?
My first triathlon was South Riding Triathlon, which I’ll be doing for the 3rd time in just over a week. I was an experienced racer, and still I was freaking out as I stood in line to swim. I wiped out while running out of transition with my bike…bike went one way, I went the other.
I enjoyed the run…the only component I really knew how to do…
And ended up 2nd in my age group, which pissed me off because I lost 1st by 2 seconds…
So I came back the next year and took 2nd again…
But this time I was 2nd female overall!
My sister keeps saying she’s just competing to complete and that it’s a very low-key tri where some people wear costumes…apparently last year there was a group of ladybugs participating…but I know she’s competitive like me and wants to do well!
Good luck, Sarah, you’re going to do GREAT! (As long as you take all my advice…ha ha ha.)
your bossy little sister. xxx