So I started researching triathlons. The first one I looked at was at Lake Lanier since it's so close to home, but I realized it was the day after my Disney World vacation. So I kept hunting. Finally I found the perfect beginner sprint triathlon for me. It's Ramblin' Rose. The race I signed up for is in Charlotte, so it's not too far from home. It's a little less than sprint distance. The swim is 200 yards, the bike is 8 miles, and the run is 2 miles. Best part--the swim is in a pool! I have been swimming all my life and grew up around water, but I don't know how to swim properly. I take spin classes at my gym at least once a week, and as I said before, I've been running for a while.
So I did it. I signed up at the end of 2015 since there was a discount code. I was thinking, "Oh it's only $75," but boy was I wrong. I didn't realize how much equipment is involved in training for and actually doing this thing
I'm still working up the courage to use my cycle shoes and clip in. I know I'm in for a fall at some point, so I'm not rushing that day. Plus, someone on a triathlon Facebook page I am a member of gave me some good advice. She said it may not be worth using my cycle shoes during a sprint since it will take time in transition to change shoes. Good point!
Ironwilled, my triathlon page was selling some extra tri kits, and they looked really cute, so I wanted to order one. The brand was Coeur, and I have no experience with them. They sell women's sports clothing and the tri shorts have a "seam-free chamois." I did some research and found a store that sells their clothing. Since I had no clue what size I would be, I took the family out to Endurance House before a dinner in Alpharetta. I met one of the owners, and she gave me some advice as well as helped me to find a good fitting Coeur pant. Since I knew I wanted to buy the Ironwilled kit, I purchased a short and matching running top that were on sale so that at least I would have two pairs of these awesome shorts. Here are some photos of both sets:
And here is the inside of the shorts: