Here’s How To Win The Race (Or At Least Finish)

Here’s How To Win The Race (Or At Least Finish)

So I did my first triathalon last week.

Ok. Let me re-phrase…
I was one third of my triathalon team. I rode the bike.

I’ve never raced before. In fact, I’m not into competitive sports at all. (I’m more of an Om Shanti kind of girl.)
But I do love bike riding so I figured, why not? I’ll try something new.

And you know what…it was awesome!

Here’s why this race was such a success (even though we didn’t win).

1. I chose my sport well.
There is no chance I could have swam. I’m very uncomfortable in the water…especially in a lake where there are things that may touch me, and critters mulling around. And the running part…well — I probably could’ve handled that. But I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed it the way I LOVE bike riding. For me, biking is fun. So I was really happy while riding through the meadows of Vermont.

2. I know how to breathe.
Okay, I realize we all know how to breathe. But breathing while exercising is a different game. Like in swimming…DH just couldn’t get his breathing down. To be a good swimmer, you must know how to breathe. I have no idea how to breathe while in the water, but I do know how to breathe while exercising on land. So when my heart rate soars, I can keep my breath slow and steady. It guided my ride. And helped me sustain my pace.

3. I got into the competition.
As mentioned, I don’t do competitive sports. But there are times when competition is healthy. And if there’s any moment to let your competitive streak shine, it’s in a triathalon. When I hopped on my bike, we were in last place. I felt the burn to make up for lost time. So I tapped into my deepest rhythm, hit the metal to the pedal (not really), and set out to pass the few riders I could see in the distance. I transformed into a competitive beast that would slow down for nothing.

I did manage to pass about four people.

(Later I found out those four weren’t on a team. They were competing solo, and had just swam a half mile.)

Regardless, I tried something new. And it felt great.
Perhaps next time, I do the bike and the run???

Have you ever done a race, and if yes– what’s your secret to success?

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Elysha Lenkin
Elysha Lenkin helps women express themselves through fashion so they look current, feel confident and stay true to themselves. For over 20 years, she's worked on commercial shoots styling women in all shapes, ages and sizes including Carrie Underwood, Tina Fey and Serena Williams. Now her focus is to make fashion fun and approachable for real women so they show up feeling like superstars in their lives.


  1. sara says:

    Go the triathlon! Like you, I’m not really into competition – but I can admire those who are for their dedication. I also like the idea of the triathlon team – although maybe a little unfair on the people who were competing solo? 🙂

  2. Being on a team was great — I don’t think I could’ve done it solo. The winners were tallied there was a solo winner and team winner. But overall, it wasn’t very serious…it was at a family resort in VT.

  3. SirenaTales says:

    Yay you, Elysha–for trying something new and for bringing your whole, inimitable self to it! Rock on, my multitalented friend. Xoxo

  4. It was a lot of fun, and I only strayed slightly from my comfort zone as biking is something I love. Thank you for it all, ST! xoxo

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