Updated: Feb 21
SwimBikeRunFun is all about sharing tips for women beginner triathletes looking to do their first triathlon, women looking for fun endurance multi-sport races and those looking for a training plan or triathlon tribe to explore the #swimbikerun life.
"The number of females who compete in triathlon has increased since the 1990s but the rate of participation in triathlon events remain lower for females compared to males", according to Romuald Lepers.
Starting something new or training for a new athletic feat can feel overwhelming, but a group of friends can make it a lot more fun. Have a buddy or an instructor that is relatable when learning about or training for a triathlon is worth more than a pound a gold - especially for women athtletes.
Women supporting and teaching other women in Triathlon is just a type of catalyst initiative we engage in over here at #SwimBikeRunFun to help bring more women into the sport.
Case in point: We are usually asked to host or help coach a few beginner "group ride 101" or "ows meetup" sessions locally. 100% of the time, an aspiring female cyclist or triathlete will come up to the "lady" instructors afterwards and ask "female" specific questions or compliment us on teaching them in a way that they easily comprehend.
Imagine how we excited we were when Triathlon Taren did a podcast on Women's needs as it relates to Triathlon with two prominent professional female triathletes, Sarah True & SaraGross this week.😍
Everything Specific For Our Bodies Women Need To Know About Racing Triathlons
Take a listen to Taren's Podcast Episode:
We listened intently to know what the two pro female triathletes had to share about everything Women needed to know about triathlon. Sarah and Sara covered most of the things regular age-group women and beginner women in triathlon tend to wonder about when they are training for a triathlon. These female pro-triathletes talked about everything:
2. Heart Rate Monitors
3. Swim Caps
4. Hair Care
6. Connecting with other Women
8. Skin Care/Moisturizers
9. Women Saddles & Pain
13.Babies & Breast Feeding
Listening to this podcast brought back so many memories from our beginning days of training for our first triathlon as a crew. I remember after a group ride one Sunday morning there were about 4-5 of us gathered in Starbucks talking about an upcoming race. For half of our lady-gang it was going to be their first ever triathlon.
One of the questions asked was: "What is the strap I see some of the girls wear during spin class and on race day? You know the one? The black garter looking thing///"
After a few chuckles, it was revealed to be a "heart rate monitor". There was an audible - Oh
great something else I need to buy or figure out? It was reassuring to hear it calmly explained that it was not a NEED or necessity for your first 1-3 races. Grateful for that moment to be part of a ladies triathlon training crew.
Naturally the next question was: So how do you stuff that in a bra along with all the girls? 🤣
What Do Women Really Need To Know About Triathlon To Participate?
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