Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Triathlon gear recommendations part 1: Swim

If you're a triathlete you know trying to figure out what tools you should get can be both confusing and expensive. Some gear & tools are a great investment, some are helpful only if you're beyond entry level & some you can skip altogether. 

Here's a guideline that I hope will help at least steer you in the right direction. This is part one, the swim, in a three part series.

(anyone who has never done a triathlon, or is on their first season. That's not an 'official' beginner label it's a guideline)
-Swim cap 
-Goggles (I like Aquasphere but any that fit well will do)
-Comfortable fitting swimsuit to train in; nothing that's loose. You can also swim in your tri top/bottom (more on that later)

-swim snorkel. This is strictly optional & isn't necessary if you're working with a swim coach. 

-Some kind of waterproof tracker like a Garmin to collect pace & stroke information
-Tempo trainer - I highly recommend getting a tempo trainer. You'll find it to be invaluable. 

Finis Tempo Trainer
-Fins short fins are better for triathlon training

Again these are strictly optional & in my opinion largely unnecessary. If you're working with a swim coach, they can give you recommendations if these are appropriate for your needs.  

Keep in mind using tools and gear can be helpful but you can also grow dependent on them. So if you do use them, sprinkle them into your training as only part of the swim session.

Lastly, if you're going to spend your money on something in triathlon, you're going to get - by far - the most of out hiring a swim coach. So if you're able to get even a few coaching sessions with a triathlon specific coach, it will be well worth the investment. 

Happy swimming!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Chronic illness & life

Ok, let me tell you that this (see picture) is true. If you have chronic illness too you know that. But I also want to finish the story.

I've dealt with chronic illness for about 13 years. It's always there, it changes your normal. Sure. But you can still have a wonderful life filled with goodness, love, adventure, dreams. You can live with the "monster" always right there, threatening you, or you can choose to live each moment to its fullest, whatever that means each moment. Your illness doesn't have to be your identity! You may need to reassess a few things, make a few adjustments but that's ok!

You may have days that you mourn your old life or what you thought life would be like now, and that's ok too! Take those days. But *enjoy* the good days. Don't allow the illness to ruin your good days by looking at it in your peripheral vision. Try not to allow people who don't understand you get you down. They won't understand unless they have illness too, know that & remember just because they don't get it, it doesn't mean you should feel bad about yourself. They may act or think you're crazy. You're not.

Look straight at God. Give him your pain, your fears. Tell it to him, scream it if you need to. On really tough days, cry. Be angry. It's ok! And then let go. Allow peace that can only come from God to enter your heart. Keep hope knowing this is only reality for here, not for eternity. Never give up on yourself. Keep striving for better health because if you give up, it's over & it'll get worse. It's worth it. You are worth it!

This comes from someone who Dr's say should be disabled, but who instead is blessed because she didnt give up on herself, to run marathons, triathlons & her own business helping others reach their potential. - coach Emily