The only race of its kind in Minnesota, this triathlon is exclusively for first time triathletes.
Why is that important? Other races talk about catering to the new triathlete and then put you in waves with experienced athletes. Or separate you in a wave of your own only to be swallowed up by the experienced athletes coming in later waves. This only increases the intimidation of becoming a triathlete. In this race, we limit entries to 150 first time triathletes. And then we set up the event to make sure you will not be overwhelmed and you WILL finish!
No special equipment is needed for your first triathlon. Almost any bike will do, and on race day you’ll see everything from 20-year-old steel mountain bikes to sleek triathlon-specific bikes. Most use their current road or mountain bike.
As for the swim – the most anxiety-riddled part of the event for most of us – you don’t have to be Michael Phelps. You’ll see fellow participants doing the dog paddle, sidestroke, backstroke, and all sorts of combinations. We will say, though, PLEASE get in the open water for a practice swim before attempting a triathlon! We offer training swims, which are a huge help to many beginners. Unlike other races, we aren’t going to throw you in the water with 150 other athletes in a wave so you have to fight to swim. We send our athletes out one at a time giving you the space you need to relax and swim your swim without having to worry someone is going to “clock” you.
Our hope is that we can help you in every part of this endeavor. Prior to the race we’ll offer training in all three disciplines, seminars to cover questions and strategies, and “gear days” to try out and talk through some of the technology that could vastly improve your race experience. Watch your email for more information. You will receive weekly emails letting you know what training opportunities are available in the next week so you can plan, pick and choose what you need help with.
To register go to https://www.midwestevents.com/event_details.php?e_id=3106