At the Nation's Tri finish line...and speechless
Author: Benjamin "Ryan" Phelps
At the finish line of the 2011 Nation’s Triathlon, one of the many gracious volunteers asked me “Are you okay?” I was bent at the hips, feeling dizzy and clammy. Standing still, but swaying a bit, stomach knotted, ears ringing. My right plantar fascia was seething, and both hands were planted firmly on my knees. I gazed down at blurry pavement, with a heart rate that of a squirrel. A frantic, out-of-shape squirrel. It’s hard to speak while gasping, so, having no choice, I said nothing. The volunteer patiently waited a bit and then asked me a second time. “Are you okay?” “Yes”, I grunted. Had I not been so short of breath, I would have said more...
The Debate: To Wetsuit or Not To Wetsuit.
Author: Sara Gimmy
Many triathletes are nervous about the swim portion of a triathlon, and many rely on their wetsuit to feel a sense of ease going into the first leg of the race. Here at The Nation’s Triathlon, we constantly get questioned about whether the race will be wetsuit legal. Last year it was a close call, and the day before the race gave us a comfortable feeling of wetsuit legal… thought not everyone wore theirs. The question still stands: Wetsuit or No Wetsuit? For this week’s blog, we’re getting the pro-wetsuit angle from DC Triathlete Sara Gimmy. Next swim blog we’ll look into the mind of a non-wetsuit-wearing triathlete.
TIME TO TRI – training tips for the first time triathlete
Author: Dr Donna Marzo
I remember it like it was yesterday - clicking the register now button for my first triathlon and after seeing the registration complete notice, having my newbie mind flooded with questions… can I really do this? What if I am the slowest one? What if I’m the last one out of the water? I must be crazy - where is the back button! Nearly 10 years later, I can tell you that I not only survived my first tri, but got hooked on an amazing sport. These training tips helped me to the finish line and hopefully will help you too. When it comes down to it, nearly anyone can complete a triathlon, including you!
Mastering the Swim Part 2: Incorporating Drills
Author: Kristen Avioli
I hope that most of you are feeling more efficient in the water after working on your technique. Always keep in mind that it’s hard to change something you’ve been doing all along… change will come gradually but keep at it and you’ll get where you need to be. Here are some more things to think about regarding technique as well as additional drills you can do to maintain that technique.