Thinking about trying a triathlon this spring or summer? Dimity and Sarah welcome triathlon coach Barrie Hufford to answer questions ranging from gear to training. As the mother of two young boys, Barrie recognizes most moms can’t dedicate four hours/day to the sport, and her realistic attitude shines through in her answers, such as telling gals not to do too much (e.g. no need to do a 40-mile bike ride now for a sprint triathlon in June). She walks mother runners through setting up gear in the transition area, offering pointers on getting in and out of a wetsuit (including whether you even need one) and the best shorts to wear in the race. Dim and Barrie share a crucial analogy mother runners can relate to: panty liners are to tri shorts as maxi pads are to bike shorts. When it comes to talk of training, Barrie tell it like it is--“We all avoid what we suck at”—but then offers encouragement on how to see bigger gains.
Along the way, find out what freaks Dimity out on the swim portion of a triathlon, and how Jonathan Livingston Seagull and War and Peace enter into the conversation.
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