I Met My Triathlon Trainer

In one week I begin my beginner swimming lessons. In one week and one day I start a two day a week bootcamp.

But by far the biggest news was that I met the woman who would be training me for the triathlon, Suzanne.

I was WAY nervous to meet her – the woman races as a pro in Ironman Triathlons. Last year she raced the Ironman Muskoka in 5:01:13 – splitting it up that’s a 28:55 for a 2k swim, 2:48 for a 94km bike ride and 1:39 for a 21km run.  In August 2012 she ran a 10k in 39:39.

Last week I got tired walking through Walmart.

She is fabulous. Also, super cute too. You know when you meet someone and hit it off right away? That’s Suzanne. Plus she didn’t make me feel dumb for asking the questions that keep me up at night. Because it’s not the actual swimming, running and biking that worry me it’s things like “How do I find my bike?” (there are tricks to finding it fast) and “What if I feel like I’m drowning?” (you won’t, don’t worry) and “Am I supposed to wear something under my wet suit? How do I get changed out in public??”

And when I panicked about the bike “What do you mean I have to ride a bike where my feet are clipped onto the pedals????” she calmed me down.

I seriously think they’re overestimating my coordination on that one.

She is so nice and smiley and calming that she had me *thisclose* to committing to race the Olympic distance. And that’s while we were in a Starbucks. Can you imagine if we went out for actual drink drinks?

Anyway, Suzanne is currently making me a training schedule and I’ll have access to it through some program called TrainingPeaks. Do you know what that means? It means it makes me accountable. There is no willy nillyness to this. I will get a schedule of what I need to do for that week and I need to do it. If I don’t, I need to let her know that as well. Pretty sure excuses like “The flu hit our house and I spent the last 48 hours catching vomit in my hands” are acceptable and “My wine glass was calling me” are not.

Oh my god, I’m really doing this. In 202 days I’m racing in a triathlon.

Also, there is the potential of me not being beat by my kids when we do dryland training next summer.

p.s. There’s this really cool countdown button on the Toronto Triathlon Festival website that I want to put on Speed Skating Mom because I find it super scary to know how many days I have left and I like to mess with myself like that so I emailed Jeff to find out how I can get it but I think he’s still sleeping.

p.p.s. In the hyperlink to the Toronto Triathlon Festival above I missed linking the “T” in Toronto and it’s totally bugging me but I’m going to see how long I can leave it like that because training is not only physical, it’s about mental fortitude.

p.p.p.s. I lasted about three minutes and had to hyperlink the “T” because I couldn’t stand it anymore. I’m screwed. 


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Sharon DeVellis is a mother, wife and writer who can uncork a wine bottle in less than 10 seconds but buys twist-offs for emergencies. She’s currently in therapy to stop talking about herself in third person.
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17 Responses to I Met My Triathlon Trainer

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  3. Maija @ Maija's Mommy Moments says:

    Seriously amazing. As per usual I’m in awe of you especially your courage!

  4. Katja says:

    These are the things I would worry about too, especially the drowning. Good luck getting back into the pool. You’re going to kick this triathlon’s ass anyway.

  5. marci says:

    I always wondered how often disoriented swimmers pick up the wrong bikes – you’ll have to let us know how that works! The point is, you are doing this for ALL of us, so there is no giving up or backing down (no pressure at all, right?)

  6. Anything with Walmart is exhausting!!! You are amazing, Sharon, for not only thinking about what you want to do but doing it too. You are giving be motivation (not to do a triathlon mind you but things on my dream list)

  7. Glad you hit it off with your trainer. I am totally in awe of your strength and determination!

  8. PK says:

    Sharon, Your posts are inspiring. That being said, YOU are NOT the only one tiring while walking through the 90 million yards that is Walmart! (I believe it’s mentally exhausting as well) Really enjoy your sense of humor, which is what will power you to victory! Enjoy the journey!

  9. Brandee says:

    Ahhhhhhhhh! I’m so excited for you. So glad to hear that you hit it of with your coach. I’m sure he will have you racing the Olympic one before you know it, haha. Oh, and I totally hear you on the clipless pedals. When I got my mountain bike I made them put different pedals on because I envisioned myself falling over when I stopped. Apparently they work great though.

  10. Kelly says:

    That is awesome! You are going to rock that triathlon! Also, reading your post made me nervous because the thought of committing to that much physical effort scares the shit out me. You are a brave woman!

    • Sharon says:

      Kelly, it scares the shit out of me too. So Imma gonna focus on the little steps – like getting into a pool next week after three weeks of overeating and wine.

  11. Kaari Cox says:

    Sharon, that is so cool! Just promise me you won’t go all triathlete-babe and leave skating behind! (Oh, and have fun with the clipless pedals…I got some for my mountain bike and it was…interesting.)

    • Sharon says:

      Kaari – NEVER. I love the technical aspect of speed skating and really want to learn it (damn you outside edges!). I feel like the triathlon training will actually help my cardio and strength and improve my skating – or at least in my head it will :)

      And by interesting you mean I’m totally screwed, right? ha!

      • Kaari Cox says:

        Well, hubby pretty much said “it’s not IF you’ll crash because you can’t get your foot out, it’s WHEN.” And he was right…although he had the best crash, when going up a hill–over backwards, ended up lying on his back with the bike above him, feet still clipped in. Not to worry, though, you only have to get your feet out when you stop, not when tackling obstacles…so plan ahead when you stop and you’ll be fine. (However, this advice is coming from someone who has, multiple times, tipped over her off-road motorcycle when stopping because she didn’t put her foot down quickly enough. So consider the source.)

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