She just completed her first triathlon a few weeks ago,and with the help of Team Z and The Bike Lane, this girl has come a long way in just a few weeks. Tina decided earlier in the summer that she needed to learn how to swim, and while browsing for local classes she came upon Team Z. Team Z is a supportive community of triathletes of all ages and abilities, unbounded by individual Goals, training for Sprint to Ironman distance, line chasers to national championship qualifiers. Team Z offers programs for the beginner triathlete to the advanced Ironman finisher. Team Z has a program to fit your needs. Tina joined TZ in August and couldn’t wait to get started, ” the first day I got in the pool, I couldn’t swim the whole length of the pool” says Tina. Now she is up to swimming about a mile at a time in practices.
Once Tina got the hang of swimming the next step was biking. Tina has dabbled in some family mountain biking trips, but never anything too serious. Luckily for us Tina came to us to purchase her bike, we were able to get her on 2011 Lexa SLT Road Bike. When we asked her what the most important part of her purchase for her triathlon was she replied “absolutely the bike is the most important purchase”. We asked Tina Several questions about her experience.
What did you find was necessary to purchase along with your bike?
-I knew I needed a bike , but I trusted TBL staff to point me in the right direction with the rest. With my bike I also purchased a flat pack, helmet, sunglasses and a pair of riding shorts. All of these things I use every time I go out for a ride.
Are you thinking about upgrading anything?
– I’m definitely going to get aero bars, Lights , and a computer just to name a few things on my wish list.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about doing a TRI?
-Just do it. Don’t be afraid of anything, don’t be afraid to swim a half mile, don’t be afraid to clip in & out of your pedals, don’t be afraid to run 3 miles. It’s all possible. If your uncomfortable with it just push yourself and do it. Don’t be afraid to TRI
How did you feel after completing your event?
-I have never felt more proud of myself. I was overwhelmed with emotions, and filled with pride, because it was something that I accomplished all by myself. I can say I did that.
What is in the future for you?
– Next spring I’m going to do a 1/2 marathon, followed by an Olympic Distance Tri, and in the fall a half Iron Man.
What was the hardest part of the Triathlon for you?
-Obviously the swimming, the water was incredibly choppy, and there are people all around you. You are kicking people, people are swimming over and under you, its just crazy out there. At some points I had to turn over on my back just to breathe.
What was your strongest event?
-Definitely the biking, I improved the most on it, and it was my fastest overall split. I just felt very comfortable on my bike. I had a great fit from the guys at TBL and I was able to rest and recover on my bike going into the run.
What would you say is the most important piece of advice you’ve received?
-Go to a knowledgeable shop, somewhere where you can build a relationship with the staff and get tips often. Also I would reccomend joining a team right away so you have guidance and a support system. Between a educated shop & team, I’m well prepared for any new challenge I may face.
We have had so much fun working with Tina and getting to know her. Tina has challenged The Bike Lane staff to do a triathlon this spring, we will be participating in The Reston Sprint Tri. Stay tuned for updates on how our training is going. We look forward to helping Tina reach her goals in the future & training with her this year!