Triathlete Profile: Michelle Lenox
Understanding how to balance life with triathlon training, family and job responsibilities is the key to being successful in your triathlon journey.
This profile showcases a beginner triathlete BEFORE and AFTER her first triathlon.
How long have you been doing triathlons?
This will be my first triathlon. I ran cross-country in high-school and college, and got hooked on biking after that. But, years have past from those days. I was looking for a way to get back into shape, so I decided on this sprint tri as a motivator.
How do you balance workouts with family/job responsibilities?
For me, early morning before work (run or bike rid) or on the way home from work (swim or strength training) are the best times to work out. I’ll either take a quick run or walk the dogs if I don’t do that. Long biking and running I do on weekend mornings.
What inspired you to try a triathlon?
I’ve always wanted to do one. I’ve done an adventure race, and a half marathon, but I knew my body wasn’t keen on pounding out a full marathon. The variety in a tri appeals to me, especially since I get bored with running too quickly.
What is the best advice you can give a newbie?
Enjoy yourself. Don’t forget not matter how good or bad your times are, you are doing a major endurance event that many people wouldn’t even attempt! And learn to motivate yourself during the hard parts without music..headphones are not allowed in USAT events.
What is your favorite workout?
Early Saturday morning rides out to the mountain bike park, then coming home to walk the dogs downtown for a coffee.
Where and when is your first triathlon? What is the distance?
Historic McKinney Kiwanis Sprint Triathlon, McKinney, TX this coming weekend (Sunday, May 1, 2011). 300 yard pool swim, 13.0 mile bike, and a 3.6 mile run. http://www.playtri.com/kiwanis
How does your pre-triathlon vision compare with what the actual event?
I feel they were pretty compatible. I’ve raced and swam competitively before, so those components weren’t new. I didn’t get to finish the entire event, due to lightening on the course. I got through the swim and the bike, with lots of leg energy left for the run, but they shut the course down two people ahead of me. I was in a position to take 3rd in my category if I had been able to finish. Better luck next time!
What was your favorite part of your first triathlon?
I just loved it! I think I’m hooked! People are really friendly, and talking about that this is your first event will get you lots of great advice. Don’t be shy!
What was the most challenging part of your first triathlon?
I’d underestimated my swim times when I signed up for the event, so I ended up having to pass quite a few people in the pool swim. I hadn’t been expecting the snaking up and back each lane of the pool, and having to ‘jump under’ the lane dividers between laps, so this was different. I have no doubt the 3.6 mile run would have been my answer if I’d gotten that far..
What advice would you give a newbie now that you’ve completed your first triathlon?
If there is ANY chance of rain, make sure you bring a large ziploc bag to place your shoes in. If there is a chance it may rain, it no doubt will.
What’s next for you?
Finding a race in good weather!!! I think the cold helped me (heat in Texas can be brutal) but having thunderstorms end the race was disappointing.
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