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What I Wore for My First Triathlon

This post is long overdue but hey, better late than never! When I was preparing for my first triathlon this past summer, I did a lot of research online regarding what to wear. There are so many options but I was looking for the bare essentials- what would work well without breaking the bank. Since I found other triathlete's blogs so helpful, I wanted to share what worked for me:
1. Wetsuit: Unless you're competing in the tropics, even in the summer it's a good idea to have a wetsuit (some races require them). For my first triathlon (that got rained out) I rented a suit from Tri Wetsuit Rentals who I'd highly recommend. Quick to respond, good lead time, and you get the suit well before your race so you can try it out a few times. I liked the suit they gave me so when it was time to do the second tri, I bought the same one which is a Zoot Z Force 1.0 Fullsleeve Wetsuit

2. Swim Cap and Goggles: I brought the swim cap I used during my training with Portside Athletics but I wound up using the one given to use at the race which is color coded for the wave they put you in. My race was in August but if it had been in a colder month, I probably would've worn both for warmth.

3. Sports Bra and Shorts: For me, exercising without a sturdy sports bra is not an option so I opted to wear one under my wetsuit as opposed to a swimsuit. Same for the shorts - I wanted something tight but not too short that I could swim, bike, and run in. I found the right pair at lululemon and it's the same style/fabric as my favorite running crops (no longer available! Try these Flow and Go ones, they look just as awesome) from there so I figured they would work well (they did!).

4. Nike/Heartbreak Hill Singlet: I love this singlet - it's light, a little long on me (which I like), and perfect to run in. Plus, Heartbreak Hill Running Company is local and I am happy to support them. Since I was already wearing the shorts, all I had to do was toss this baby on and I was ready to ride.

5. Hat and Hand Towel: I had another towel to dry off with but it was handy having a smaller one to wipe my face off quickly. I always run in a hat so I made sure to have this one ready the second I got my helmet off.

6. Backpack: All of these items fit nicely in my North Face backpack, very handy.

7. New Balance Sneakers: Not Pictured (oops). I wore my brand new New Balance Vazee sneaks and they were awesome. I even had a guy yell from the sidelines "nice sneakers!" during the bike portion of the race. Love them.

I didn't wind up wearing the second pair of shorts in the photo, I just didn't find it necessary. Overall, I'm happy with how I packed - light but I had everything I needed and my transition times were pretty short! I definitely credit the extensive planning ahead, trying out the gear, and being prepped and ready to go the morning of the big day.

Have you done any triathlons? What did you wear for them? 

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Recap: My First #Triathlon Experience!

Last Sunday I competed in my first sprint triathlon, the Marshfield-Duxbury Tri, - 1/4 mile swim, 11 mile bike ride, 3 mile run. I had done a lot of training leading up to the day and felt as prepared as I could be which helped my confidence but I didn't sleep that well the night before (damn subconscious anxiety!). I had packed everything I was going to bring the night before which was super helpful. Luckily I still got up on time and made it to the beach by 6:30am. The transition area was already packed with bikes and gear:


The swim was a triangle route where we swam straight out, keeping the buoys on our left and then swam back. Even with the practice, the swim was tough for me but it turns out it was my strongest leg. I even came in the top half for my age group.
You can't tell how slow I'm going! Photo courtesy of Gameface Media
The bike was 11 miles and while I felt totally prepared and confident, it was my weakest event. I came in almost dead last. This made the ride pretty disheartening, watching so many people wiz by. If I heard one more "passing on your left" I thought I'd explode. I'm definitely going to work on biking more and also investigating a better racing bike since mine is just a hybrid/hand-me-down. Better than nothing for my first tri of course!
Photo courtesy of Gameface Media
The run was... well, it went fine but it was 3 miles entirely on the beach. I've never run that far on the beach and even with the packed sand, it was a totally different experience than I'm used to. I always try to pick it up at the end and it was just not possible - the sand was so loose at the finish line, I was tripping all over my feet and just trying not to fall! It was gorgeous and sunny and, I would say, visually entertaining to run on the beach but my time definitely suffered. I refused to walk however, no matter how tempting it was at times.
Throwing myself across that finish line. Photo courtesy of Gameface Media
My overall time was 1:37:42.8, 336 out of 374 overall, and 24 out of 34 in my age division. Like always, somewhere in the first third of the race, I swore to myself "never again" and now I'm already thinking ahead to the next tri I could do. I've heard these things are addictive! Overall, it was a really fun, exhilarating, well-run event (thanks to Streamline Events for this) and I would highly recommend signing up for one if you get a chance.

Next post: prepping, what I wore, and race day advice, coming soon.

Have you ever done a triathlon? What did you think?