Are you tired of flipping through the tri magazines and seeing nothing but gear gear gear and training training training? Enough already, how many 200m reps at 90% effort with a 30 sec rest can a girl possibly do? WHAT? You can do that many? [note to self: get back in the pool].
Be that as it may, what a tri girl really needs is never properly addressed in the mags or blogs or twitter feeds: beauty tips. Of course we're all naturally beautiful. But that doesn't mean nature can't occasionally use a teensy boost. So, without further ado:
9) Never apply mascara while down in the tribars, it may smudge. Wait until you're stopped at a red light.
8) Blusher is not necessary when you discover that your shorts are totally see-through across the Great Divide.
7) Given the swim cap and helmet, your hair does not need to be clean and styled until the run portion of your race event.
5) Berry-flavored sports drink is no substitute for lip gloss young lady.
4) As curlers may interfere with the swim cap and helmet (see tip 3), a curling iron is a good idea for your transition area. If iron is corded, be sure to rack bike sufficiently close to an electrical outlet.
3) Bright red lipstick is not advised unless wearing your little black trisuit.
2) Given the challenges of maintaining a (pleasant) scent during a race, this blog recommends that you allocate one water cage to your favorite perfume, and apply it liberally to pulse points during the bike portion, taking care not to heedlessly drift into the draft zone in-so-doing, or you may risk disqualification.
1) Acrylic nails with an intricate overlay will charm the males and show the females who's Queen Bee of the peloton. But it must be noted that they may hinder the progress of changing a flat, in which case a charmed male is exceedingly useful.
About the Author: Kiki is a 50-55 writer, mother, wife, acting PTA Chair and tri-freak who's raced for six years at Olympic-distance and ready for a new challenge. A big challenge. A challenge so scary it keeps me awake at night. And so Ironman Wales here I come, on September 16. These are my ramblings along the way.
You can read more of her writting on her blog Year of Training Dangerously HERE.