Category Archives: Triathlon

Do as I say, not as I do? Set a good example for kids instead

This is one confident new bicyclist! (youtube.com)

Maybe you’ve seen the viral video posted on YouTube – it’s of a boy who rode his bike by himself for the first time.

He struggles for how to describe it.

“I feel… I feel… I feel… I feel… I feel happy of myself,” he exclaims. Continue reading

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Filed under Cycling, Kids, running, Swimming, Tips & Tricks, Triathlon

How jumping jacks crushed my bone, Racine Ironman 70.3 dreams

An X-ray confirmed that I have yet another stress fracture.

This year was supposed to be the Year of No Injuries.

The universe, it seems, had other plans. Continue reading

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Filed under Cycling, Injuries, Racine Ironman 70.3, Stress fracture, Triathlon

What makes for a good triathlon coach? I’m tri-ing it out.

I've been told a coach doesn't need to be the best herself, she needs to know what to look for in others. (Creative commons; army.mil)

I’ve been learning the fine art of triathlon coaching since January from my friends at Well-Fit Triathlon & Training center.  I say “art,” because I think a person could read all the books in the world on science, fitness and health, and not know how to approach a given athlete’s needs. Continue reading

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This little injured runner became a triathlete (holy sh*%!)

From left: Heading to T1 after exiting Lake Michigan, looping on the bike and near the finish.

“You’re a triathlete.”

That’s what the BF whispered into my ear as he got up from the table at my celebratory breakfast to head to the bathroom. Then he kissed me on the cheek.

I grinned really big. And then my eyes welled up. Continue reading

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Filed under Chicago Super Sprint, Cycling, Open Water, running, Swimming, Triathlon

Triathlon seminar: I survived the swim and then some

Participants listen as the Fleet Feet Chicago instructors demonstrate how to put on a triathlon wetsuit.

My USAT membership card came in the mail a couple of weeks ago. But I didn’t feel like a triathlete until last weekend.

On Sunday, June 27, Fleet Feet Chicago put on a women-only triathlon seminar at Ohio Street Beach called, “Surviving the Swim.” Thankfully I survived. Continue reading

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Sprint triathlon = something good to focus on

Being a triathlete is bad-ass. I want to join those ranks. (credit: klaus, flickr.com)

On this, the morning of what I hope is my last podiatrist appointment until I have a head full of gray hair, I told my trainer: “I have a new goal… I want to do a triathlon,  a sprint triathlon.”

“Your goal,” he kindly but sternly said, “should be to have two shoes.” Continue reading

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