Our First Triathlon Training Consultation

Our First Triathlon Training Consultation

Flash back to January 2008. Jason and I had just joined a track running group that my coworker, Christine, trained with every Tuesday evening. We were the awkward NKOTBs who were huffing it around the track while fit, wiry runners flew by us. Jason sported baggy Old Navy sweatpants that were at least one size too big and I bounded around on my toes like Pepe LePew. Oh, how far we’ve come since then…(not really.)

Anyway, one day Christine mentioned to me that she had signed up for the New Balance Half Ironman in Victoria, BC. After much prodding and convincing, I decided to sign up for the Half Ironman too (and I dragged Jason into the entire mess). It’s a good thing Christine isn’t a drug dealer — she’s so damn good at convincing me to do stuff that if she were peddling crack instead of triathlons, you’d be reading my first post from MediocreMethHead.com.

Jason and I each forked over about $230 and signed up. We then set up a meeting with Teresa, our new triathlon training coach. This is what Teresa looks like:


Now here’s me:


Basically, whereas Teresa has abs on top of more abs and shoulder blades that can crack walnuts, I am quite adept at stuffing my face with fried po’boy sandwiches. That’s how I roll: shamelessly inhaling food while armpit fat pooches out of my tank top. I’m classy like that.

Jason and I met Teresa at a coffee shop near the Seattle Athletic Club to get a noob’s guide to triathlons. She then proceeded to humor us for about 2 hours, answering every single question we had about triathlon logistics, from what kind of gear we’ll need to how often we should be swimming, biking and running each week. I swear, we were so clueless about the sport that I’m surprised she didn’t bust out the hand puppets and pop-up books to help us understand.

As I recall, the conversation went something like this:

Teresa: “Do you have wet suits?”
Me/Jason: “No.”
Teresa: “You’ll have to buy wet suits. Speedy Reedy is having a 50% off sale for last year’s gear, so you should be able to get a good deal. Okay, so I’m scheduling a ride for you guys this week…”
Me: “Oh yeah, bikes…yeah, we’ll have to get some of those.”
Teresa: “You don’t have bikes?”
Jason: “Well, I can borrow my dad’s…”
Me: “Christine might have one I can borrow…”
Teresa: “K…well, pick those up this week. Anyway, since it’s too crummy to ride outside right now, you’ll need trainers for indoor rides…you guys have trainers, right?”
Me: “Trainers?”
Teresa: “I’m guessing no. I have a couple you two can borrow…you at least have helmets, right?”
Me/Jason: [blank stare] Mayyyyybe…
Teresa: [sighs] “Do you have running shoes?”
Me/Jason: “Ooh, those we do have!”

We front-loaded Teresa with ridiculous questions and scenarios we wouldn’t even have to deal with for months (e.g., “How do transitions work? What clothes are you supposed to race in? Do you change clothes during the race? Will people see us naked?”). That woman has the patience of a saint. Little did she know how much grief we’d put her through with us being late to every workout, impulsively signing up for endurance races, falling into bad habits over and over again (I can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard “Jason, put your head down” and “Rebecca, stop dragging your arm” while swimming), and griping about various race misadventures.

But hey, not all of her clients can be elite age group winners, right? That’s us: bringing down her average since January 2008. We love you, Teresa.

2 Responses to “ “Our First Triathlon Training Consultation”

  1. You should see this picture – I seriously look like I am one of those “special” children who gets to meet a superstar.


  2. Teresa says:

    You two are the best! You have both been an incredible joy to work with….looking forward to all your success in 2009.

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