I first met Suzanne when she was the race director of the TKO Melanoma 5K, a race near and dear to my heart. Previously, we had chatted online when she had some questions regarding my JFK 50-Miler plaque. It intrigued me that Suzanne, a runner herself, had transitioned from running an ultra into completing triathlons, and I wanted to learn more about how that came to be.
I also knew I had a lot to learn about the life of a triathlete and wanted to soak up as much as I could from this ambitious athlete! I would have loved to interview Suzanne during a run or bike ride, but knew that would be impossible, so I chose instead to send questions her way.
Thank you, Suzanne, for taking the time to answer my questions so thoroughly. I learned so much about triathlons and this non-swimmer almost wants to sign up for a race. Almost.
Without further ado, here’s my interview with Suzanne…
Deb – I met you through running, when did you get interested in the sport?
- Ironman/140.6 – 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 run
- Half Ironman/70.3 – 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 run
- Olympic Triathlon – .9 mile swim, 26 mile bike, 10K run
- Sprint Sriathlon – these can vary a little; the one I did was 800M swim, 12 mile bike, 5K run
- Wetsuit – A lot of triathlon stores have a “rent to own” option. I rented my current wetsuit for the weekend, loved it, and paid the difference for the full cost.
- Tinted goggles/clear goggles – For out door swims, tinted/mirrored goggles will help with the glare on the water; whereas, clear goggles will be good for indoor training swims
- Pull-bouy – For non-swimmers like me, I do a lot of swim training with a pull-bouy between my legs and just use my arms. It helps me build my arms and focus on just one portion of my swim while eliminating the kick. Also, most of my races I wear a wet suit which is buoyant like the pull-bouy so this training gives me the same feel of my race.
- GOOD bike shorts – If they’re cheap, they probably aren’t great bike shorts. I personally like the Desoto 400-mile bike shorts. They’re worth the investment when you start doing the 40-100 mile distance.
- Bike shoes
- Bike trainer – Most tris start as early as April. You’ll need to get some training rides done indoors and it’s helpful to ride your own bike on a trainer so you get used to your bike saddle, etc.
- Chamois butter – This is as important as the bike shorts. Similar to body glide but in a tube that you apply liberally to your bike shorts before a ride
- GPS watch for multisport – Mine can keep satellite connection even in an open water swim with my hand submerged. It also does lap counts for swimming. This was a birthday/Christmas/anniversary present from my husband a couple years ago as it was pricey. 🙂
- What additional questions would you like to ask Suzanne?
- Have you completed a tri?
- Triathlon athletes: What’s your favorite leg?
Happy Running! ~ Deb