Something new on race day


The rule of thumb for racing is, of course, nothing new on race day. Meaning that you should wear clothes you’ve worn before, eat foods you’ve eaten before, and don’t try anything you haven’t practiced.

iron girl pleasant prairie medal

Well, I had to throw a big piece of my triathlon “training” out of the window on Sunday at the Iron Girl Pleasant Prairie Sprint Triathlon. You see, the water temperature in Lake Andrea was 82 degrees. According to USA Triathlon,

When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards.

So, yeah. I mean, I probably wasn’t going to get an age group award anyway, but the announcement that wetsuits weren’t technically legal freaked me out. See, I’d never done any open water swimming without my wetsuit. And I’d never done swam in a pool longer than 25 yards. And now I was going to swim a half a mile without a wetsuit in a lake?


But, you know what? I did it. I swam that half a mile without a wetsuit. Sure, it took me 16 minutes longer than the world record (that means it took me just over 20 minutes for those of you who aren’t watching the Olympics) but I did it.

And I felt really strong on the bike. The run was tough but I think that was because of the lack of shade.

Overall I finished 22nd out of 113 in my age group. But I think the biggest takeaway is knowing that I CAN swim half a mile without a wetsuit. My mantra for the day was “she thought she could, so she did.”

And I did.



5K PR Training

  • Monday 8/8 – Leg strength workout
  • Tuesday 8/9 – Upper body strength workout & 3 mile run
  • Wednesday 8/10 – 30 minute tempo run (on treadmill)
  • Thursday 8/11 – Leg strength workout
  • Friday 8/12 – Upper body strength workout
  • Saturday 8/13 – Rest
  • Sunday 8/14 – Iron Girl Pleasant Prairie Sprint Triathlon

3 replies on “Something new on race day

  1. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    Nice work! IM 70.3 Steelhead also was not wetsuit legal that day, which I’m sure was a stressful experience. They offered a wetsuit wave for those who still wanted to wear theirs, but they had to start in the last wave of the day, which means if you were, say, a 50+ year old male (or female, since they started together) and would’ve started in the first wave, you then had to wait for everyone else to go, but still finish 8:30 after the final athlete started…except now, instead of being one of the first athletes to start, you WOULD be one of those last athletes, and you’d lose a good hour of time by not starting in the first wave. Then again, most of the 50+ year old athletes I saw out on the course were total badasses who could smoke me in any event any day, so maybe it wouldn’t have been an issue for most of them 😛 I’ve never swum in the lake, period, so I don’t know what kind of difference a wetsuit makes, but that’s a big enough change that I would not be excited about having to switch things up for the first time on race day!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      The biggest benefit of a wetsuit is that it makes you WAY more buoyant. Like, barely need to kick buoyant. Which therefore tires you out less. There were a LOT of Live Grit people doing Steelhead and at least one of them decided to wear a wetsuit anyway. I mean, the lake at Ohio Street Beach is warm but not always warm enough to go sans wetsuit. So, it can be difficult to get in wetsuit-less practice!

  2. Allyson Clark

    I loved this quote so much that I was saying it all week to pump myself up for a big exam I had to take today. It worked & I passed, so apparently it’s a great quote for all different types of motivation! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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