There are many aspects of triathlon to worry about when you are first setting out in the sport. Trying to master (or at least have a go at) three different sports seemingly thrown together in a random act of masochism, all the kit (so much kit!), the training, the lingo… But for a group of novice female triathletes attending Trigirl’s Women Only Triathlon Training Day in Bristol, the most pressing question was “but what do I wear?”.
There were just so many options to discuss: sports bra or built-in support top, a fetching little two-piece or an all-in-one trisuit, socks or bare feet, trainers or cleats…but most of all the sports bra…
Our coach for the day Kim Ingleby (GB triathlete, personal trainer, mental performance coach of Energised Performance) was patience and optimism personified! With a packed schedule throughout the day, we covered an array of topics including kit and clothing, mending a puncture, transition set-up, swim technique, efficient bike mounting and dismounting, running with wobbly bike legs (a technical term I’m sure), running technique, nutrition before and during a race, training ideas…oh and did I mention what to wear?
With just 12 women on the course, there was plenty of time for individual attention as and when required, and building confidence so we could all finish our first couple of races with smiles on our faces was top of the agenda.
After the training day I certainly feel I can make the transition (can’t resist a good pun!) from simply aiming to complete a race (see my last blog post) to being competitive (in terms of my own performance, not necessarily the overall race result). So for my next race I’ll be setting myself the challenge of achieving PBs in at least one of the disciplines!
For any ladies out there wondering whether to enter their first race – I would say YES!
And for anyone wondering how they are going to get through that first race – get yourself along to a Trigirl women only triathlon training day!
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