Category Archives: Open Water

This little injured runner became a triathlete (holy sh*%!)

From left: Heading to T1 after exiting Lake Michigan, looping on the bike and near the finish.

“You’re a triathlete.”

That’s what the BF whispered into my ear as he got up from the table at my celebratory breakfast to head to the bathroom. Then he kissed me on the cheek.

I grinned really big. And then my eyes welled up. Continue reading


Filed under Chicago Super Sprint, Cycling, Open Water, running, Swimming, Triathlon

Preparing to become a triathlete: Supplies, the open water swim

I tried on two wetsuits. So glad it didn't take more to find mine! This is it.

After I survived the swim clinic, I decided three things: 1) triathlon is for me, 2) I needed practice swimming in open water and 3) I needed supplies. Continue reading


Filed under Open Water, Swimming, Wetsuit

Triathlon seminar: I survived the swim and then some

Participants listen as the Fleet Feet Chicago instructors demonstrate how to put on a triathlon wetsuit.

My USAT membership card came in the mail a couple of weeks ago. But I didn’t feel like a triathlete until last weekend.

On Sunday, June 27, Fleet Feet Chicago put on a women-only triathlon seminar at Ohio Street Beach called, “Surviving the Swim.” Thankfully I survived. Continue reading


Filed under Open Water, Triathlon, Wetsuit