My First Triathlon

Overcoming water anxiety, and crushing her first tri in the 50+ age group. Read Lisa’s awesome story here. Congrats Lisa, you are now a Triathlete,

Lisa van Ommen

2014 Tri Finish

I did it! I finished my first sprint triathlon! (450 yd swim, 13 mile bike, 3.1 mile run). What an experience. The journey in getting here was even better.

How this came about

A couple of years ago, my boyfriend and I were in Key West.  We took an EcoTour on a small catamaran which included sailing, kayaking, and snorkeling.  When it came to the snorkeling portion, I was very uncomfortable in the water.  I’m not a big water lover to begin with. I couldn’t swim very easily and ended up snorkeling with the help of a foam noodle.  A year later, we joined our friends in Maui.  Knowing snorkeling, swimming, and zip-lining were going to be involved, I decided to be prepared.  I found a 12-week sprint triathlon training guide through Coach Suzanne.  Signing up at the local pool, using my mountain bike for the biking portion, and…

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