Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Tri Talk Tuesday: Triathlon Favorites

Today I'm linking back up with Courtney at The Tri Girl Chronicles, Phaedra at Blisters and Black Toenails and Cynthia at You Signed Up For What?!for Tri Talk Tuesday. This week's topic: Triathlon favorites

Boy oh boy, there are a lot of things I love about triathlons. Picking my favorites seems impossible. Also, an incredibly broad category. Still, I think I've managed to nail it down to a few salient points. 

Favorite Nutrition
Honey stinger waffles. What the hell did I do before I found these things? They're so light and fluffy but have such a great taste. I typically eat them before races, having one about 30 to an hour before the gun. I've started chomping them down before rides too. I like that, unlike bonk breakers or cliff bars, they fit so nicely in my back pockets. 

Favorite Kit
I love my sugoi Landsharks kit, but my heart belongs to Coeur (Get it, that was a pun). 
I definitely have to say for a bigger girl they can be pretty form fitting. The kit really didn't fit me until I'd lost a couple pounds, but by Muncie it fit great! I love the style and it's SO comfortable. I wear the shorts just to run in. Years of volleyball have me married to spandex. #SorryNotSorry

Favorite Workout Tunes
My workout playlist is constantly changing. Working out without music was one of the hardest things about training for Muncie. BUT, I did give in occasionally and these were the tunes that are almost always on my playlist:

  • Kanye West, "Power"
  • Matchbox 20, "Lets see How far we've come"
  • Tom Petty, "You Wreck Me"

Favorite "Overall" Gear
Sunglasses. Couldn't do anything without them. Couldn't drive to the lake for OWS, couldn't bike, couldn't run. I got some C9 glasses from Target a few years back and LOVE them. They're light weight, don't fog up, and you almost forget you're wearing them. Also they've taken a lot of abuse.

Favorite Triathlon Moment (so far)
The start of Muncie 70.3. I know, "the start? not the finish?".  Every night before I go to bed I go back to the start of that race. The DJ playing "Single Ladies" when our wave hit the water. The cannon going off. The feel of those first few splashes in the water before finally pushing off and moving forward. The perfect, effortless touch of my arms in the water in those first few strokes. That's how I fall asleep. Rotating side to side, gliding through the reservoir. That moment was perfect to me. The finish was good, but the start was something amazing. So much was unknown. I truly felt like I was jumping off of a cliff. And it was magical. I may see finish lines again, but I'll never start my first ever again.

Happy Running!

What are your triathlon favorites? Favorite race? Favorite gear? 


  1. I LOVE the way you described the start of Muncie! Oh to be so calm! I am always a ball of nerves. Congrats on that btw, that's HUGE accomplishment! You Wreck Me is also on my playlist, ha ha. And, I wear my tri shorts for pretty much every workout. Running, cycling, weights. It's all fair game for my tri shorts, ha ha. Thanks for joining in the link up!

  2. I'm also with you on the tri shorts. I have that same exact Coeur kit, although I don't race in it. I get major drag in the cleavage area when I swim in my Coeur kit. So it is my bike trainer go-to outfit. And my thighs don't cooperate with regular running shorts anymore so I'm always in spandex.

  3. Thank you for sharing the tunes, my playlist is stuck in the '80's! Also, great description of what you experienced at Muncie, I hope to have a start like that some day!! ;-)