Monday, November 22, 2010

Rookie Triathlon Mistakes

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the Zoot Giveaway by sharing their rookie triathlon mistakes. Here are just a few of the things many of you learned through error:
  • Exiting T1 with your swim cap on under your helmet.
  • Exiting T2 and running with your helmet still on - pictures of this would be awesome!
  • The infamous tip-over at a stop sign while clipped to the bicycle in front of many friends - I think everyone has done this at some point . . . 
  • The race from one port-o-pot to another due to nutrition failure (My first IM involved this).
  • Wearing bike shorts, wetsuits, etc. backwards.
  • Falling off a trainer and breaking an arm - check those skewers folks!
  • Forgetting wetsuits and having to borrow them (hopefully no peeing took place in them!)
This contest winner is Cat - for pure embarrassment - she will get a pair of Zoot CompressRx Thermal tights.

Before my first race I went to a transition clinic. There was a SUPER HOT coach leading the clinic. His tip to us for getting our wetsuits off quickly was once we've pulled it down to our waist area to hook our thumbs into the hip area and yank it down.

I followed his direction to the tee, getting to my bike rack and yanking down my suit and then bending over to start to pull it off my lower legs. As I was bent over I could see the hot coach through my legs, standing behind me. He had an odd look on his face and I was feeling an odd sensation on my backside. The sensation was the cold air against my skin ... apparently when I hooked my thumbs I had not only taken down my wetsuit but also the Tri shorts I was wearing under them!

Doh!!! 

Thanks again for playing. I'll try to have some new contests after the holidays. I'm off to Cozumel tomorrow for a little race and I couldn't be more excited and pumped up after watching all my friends smoke IM AZ yesterday!

15 comments:

FLATOUT JIM said...

Dang! I totally missed this one.

Anyway, here's mune. Not checking my chain in T1, and having it come off just before the mount line. At Ironman, with thousands of people watching.

Don't miss my giveaway.

FLATOUT JIM said...

OH and forgetting to spellcheck comments! That's MINE not MUNE!

Running and living said...

WOW! That and SSB's are the best! COngrats to Cat! I hope she fits into the tights:)

Rebecca DeWire said...

Good luck in Cozumel! Sounds like a great place to race.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

These were fun to read

Beth said...

DOH!!! I think that might be my biggest fear when I'm yanking at my wetsuit -- and definitely the reason why I tie my shorts on REALLY tight! :)

Safe travels to Mexico. And have a blast!! End the year with a bang! :)

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Have fun in Mexico. Have a margarita for me..

christopher said...

Bryant's dad pulled the ole lose skewer trick, too. Except the skewer was tightly fastened to the bike, but the trainer wasn't fastened to the skewer. When he dislodged from the trainer he peddled straight into his TV, which was on a makeshift plastic TV stand. Needless to say, he was able to justify a new television purchase!

Christi said...

Great contests and congrats to the winner!

Good luck in Cozumel! I will be on the roads of Kansas when it is going on but I will try to keep track when I occasionally get service!

Kim said...

That wins.. hands down. Seriously.. give Cat the shorts!! Travel safely Charisa! See you in beautiful Mexico in a few days!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait!!!!

Caratunk Girl said...

That is definitely one of the funniest things I have ever read!!

Safe travels.

Ordinarylife said...

She deserves to win!!! That made my day.

Good Luck this weekend.

Black Knight said...

Congrats to Cat. good luck on the "little race".

Kiki said...

have an amazing time! BTW, once saw a guy on the bike still wearing his wetsuit, guess he forgot to take it off altogether!

Meg said...

Hey, all of these rookie mistakes sound totally normal and I would have done all of them...or will, someday. I LOVE the winning story. SO funny!!