Triathlete Profile: Nancy Wilson

Understanding how to balance life with triathlon training, family and job responsibilities is the key to being successful in your triathlon journey.

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Meet Nancy:

  1. How long have you been doing triathlons?
    This is my first triathlon. Doing a triathlon has been on my “bucket list” for 4 years. I hope there will be many more in my future if this one goes well 🙂

  2. How do you balance workouts with family/job responsibilities?
    I think this would have been much harder if I had a job and kids. My daughter is in college and my job ended 4 months ago so miraculously a window of time opened up for me. A lot people in my tri group have jobs and kids so they get their workouts in when they can. They say they just make it a priority for 4 months.

  3. What is the best advice you can give a newbie?
    Don’t go it alone. If possible train with a coach or a club. It’s a lot more fun and chances are you will stick to your training a lot better if you have others to track you and hold you accountable. For example there was no chance of me slacking off on the treadmill with our coach looking over my shoulder! When you train with others who have the same goal you not only build cameraderie you also hold each other accountable and help each other learn. Everybody has strengths, weaknesses and issues. I have overcome a lot with the help of my training group. We are all looking forward to race day when we represent our gym together! Secondly, don’t wait til the last minute to get new equipment such as running shoes, bikes, bike shoes, etc. Give yourself plenty of time to break new stuff in so you won’t be stressing out close to race day. For example I should have bought bike shoes and clips a lot sooner than I did. I am now trying to master them with only a month to race day. If only I had started sooner!

  4. What is your favorite workout?
    Swimming! When all my other workouts go wrong I can count on swimming to make me feel better about myself! The drills are tough but I am happiest in the water.

  5. What’s next for you?
    I hope to do at least two more tris this summer assuming all goes well in May. I will send pictures of the Memphis in May race after May 22.

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Bike: – Learn how to structure bike workouts, find safety tips and read recommendations on great bike gear.

Run: – Get the ultimate skinny on running sneakers, running gear, safety tips and much more.

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