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Ironman Canada – Whistler 2017

September 21, 2017


Part 0: PRE-RACE

The brilliant and/or somewhat crazy idea to do Ironman Canada came to us (the ladies) during Elise’s (far left) wedding weekend in Kauai in October of 2016. We all were motivated to do Ironman Canada for slightly different reasons but the fact that we were doing it together inspired us, even though I live in Utah and the other two in San Diego. In typical fashion for the three of us, “sign up day” turned into quite the party that may or may not have involved tequila! 


Tyler was late to the Ironman party and signed up a full six months after us. He very sweetly said he wanted to do it with me so we could spend time together training on the weekends since both of us travel frequently for work but I think it’s because he didn’t want to be the only one in our friend group who hadn’t done an Ironman (both Elise and Paige’s husband’s are IM finishers). FOMO is real for this guy! 

Fast forward to July 2017 – all the months of grueling training, early mornings, and social sacrifices had come to an end. To get our mind’s right, we spent a few days with friends in Pemberdise, better known as Pemberton, just North of Whistler where we did some light swim, bike, run and slept in the van with one of the more gorgeous views in the world.

All that stood between us and Ironman Canada was a bland dinner and a restless night’s sleep. But that didn’t mean it wasn’t fun! No tequilla pre-race, but there was definitely a little beer. Gotta carbo load, right? 


Morning nerves, excitement, and a sea of pink and green caps. Tyler and I started the race together and miraculously found each other in the water and swam together like all of our open water swims in training. We finished the swim within seconds of each other right around the hour mark.



112 miles. So. much. climbing. 6 sweet potato Clif baby food packs. 1 can of pringles and 1 five minute drafting penalty while sitting upright on my road bike inhaling said pringles (rules are rules but really?!). So much @bettydesigns love. Gigantic forests, glacier fed rivers, with snow-capped mountains all around. Our Spring and Summer filled with non-stop bike riding and hill climbing in Utah paid off. The bike portion was beautiful, humbling, and fun (I love climbing). Wished I had a TT bike for some of the flats but the road bike was awesome for the climbs.



Those masochistic Ironman creators saved the hardest for last – the run! This was my first full marathon and I’m not going to lie, it was by far the most challenging part of the race. But as my friend Jene said, the great thing about Ironman is that even if you feel terrible at points, you can still feel better again. She nailed it – it was 26 miles of highs then lows then highs again. At one point (for six miles), my ankle hurt so much that I would run while I counted to 30 seconds, then would walk for 15 seconds. But then, miraculously, the pain would get better and I could run again.

Whenever I saw fellow racers @tylerporteous@eliselynnewetherell@henrysbythesea and the #Bettysquad on the course & friends + family cheering me on, I felt an electric shock of energy like I was Mario getting a special Super Mario mushroom (I’m looking at you @techmom15 @artemisiamartin @petedobesch @bigmikewetherell@drewdobesch @davisenglish@meeshmoran @beatlc @mereditheades!!).

One other discovery – I was also surprised by how amazing Pepsi tasted during the run and had about 15 mini cups – I haven’t had soda for years and feel like I’ve been seriously missing out.



My two goals for the finish line didn’t have anything to do with time. They were one, cross while it was still light outside and two, feel well enough to enjoy a beer afterwards. I was able to achieve 1.5 of these goals… yes it was light still and I was able to stomach (half) a beer!

From what I remember (it’s a bit fuzzy), I saw my Mom with three miles to go and that’s when the tears began. I think that was the first moment that I truly believed I could finish an IRONMAN! I fought back the waterworks and was able to run (sllloowwwlllyy) the last part of the race. When I got to the final chaute, tunnel vision set in and it all felt like a dream.

If you zoom in on the photo above, you can see @tylerporteous sweet smiling face over my left shoulder (that stud finished an HOUR before me!!) and friends @bigmikewetherell and @mereditheades.

The moment I saw my Mom and Dad at the finish line, I burst into tears. My Dad is an incredible athlete and a two-time cancer survivor but because of lasting damage from his illness, he isn’t able to do the things he once loved, like ski and run. He’s a huge inspiration for why I choose to push my body for big challenges like Ironman. I’m incredibly grateful that I’m healthy and able and I want push the limits of what’s possible. My Mom has always been enabled and encouraged my sisters and I get outside and play. In highschool, she drove me and hour each way to volleyball practice 2x a week after a long workday. She also loves to call me an Amazon woman which I’m not sure I’m super into but it makes me smile. It meant so much that both of my parents made the trip to Canada to support us. 


This is our version of Ironman tattoos… What better way to recover than to chill with your BFFs in the same lake that we marathon-ed around the day before? @henrysbythesea@eliselynnewetherell and I signed up together, followed the same training plan, and finished an hour from each other. These friends are the epitome of strength, grace, and support. Women building each other up. Can’t wait for next great adventure!



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How to Set Up Suunto GPS Watch for Ironman Triathlon Race Day

July 30, 2017

Finishing an ironman (so I’ve been told, this will be my first attempt at a full Ironman!) is all about pacing yourself and not pushing too hard, too early. A key tool to making this happen? A solid GPS watch. In preparation for the upcoming Ironman Canada in Whistler, I set up my Suunto Spartan Ultra to help me monitor my pace, heart rate, and even the official route. Suunto makes this pretty easy to do through the movescount platform. Here’s how I did it:


Putting the course map files on your watch:

  1. Download the GPX file from Ironman’s website (race info > Course > Scroll to bottom for download links). GPX
  2. Log in to Hover over the “MAPS” section and click on “MY ROUTES”.routes screenshot
  3. Click the + and upload both the run and bike GPX file.SCREEN2
  4. Select the watch you want the routes to go onScreen3
  5. Sync watch by plugging your watch into your computer (SuuntoLink opens automatically after the watch has been connected).


Set up custom triathlon sport mode


  • Watch Metrics: I am keeping things simple for the swim. Pace, total distance, and duration are the three I care about. 4,224 is the number of yards in an ironman but this is unlikely to be accurate as no swimmer swims in a perfect straight line.


  • Sport Mode Settings: (Changes made to default settings)
    • GPS Accuracy: changed to “good – 26 hour battery life”
    • Autolap: Ironman Canada in Whistler is 2 laps so I’ve created the lap distance to be 1.2 miles.
    • I have turned off touchscreen for just the swim so I don’t accidently pause the activity. To be extra safe, I will also lock my screen before I get into the water in case things get rough with my fellow triathlete pals and a button gets pushed by mistake.
    • Display color: switched to low color. Since I won’t be looking at my watch during the swim, I won’t miss the pretty colors. 

Swim Settings



  • Watch Metrics: I don’t use a bike computer and will take my watch off my wrist in T1 and attach it to my handlebar mount. The default Triathlon sport mode measures things like power and cadence but since I won’t be using my power tap pedals in the race, I am switching things up a bunch.
    1. The first screen will have 5 metrics: Current Activity duration (bike time only), current heart rate, current speed, current activity distance (bike distance only), and total duration (swim + bike).
    2. Second screen will give me metrics for every hour of the bike. I will be able to see my average speed, average heart rate, and distance for each 1hr “lap” (I set my lap to be 1hr in the sport settings, see second screenshot)
    3. Third screen will be the most data heavy. Since my watch will be mounted to my handlebar, I will be able to toggle between screens pretty easily and analyze all 7 datapoints if I get really board! (Current activity duration (bike only), current speed, current heart rate, average heart rate, current activity distance (bike only), ascent, total duration (swim + bike)
    4. Fourth screen will be where I can see the course map and see where I am in relation. This will be helpful since IM Canada has two big climbs so I’ll know when they are coming up.

Bike Watch

  • Settings:
    • PODS to search: only HR belt since I won’t be using a power meter
    • GPS Accuracy: change to good to extend battery life 
    • Autolap: every hour
    • Touchscreen: on – I’ll mount to my handlebar and it’s easy to scroll through screens with touchscreen 
    • Color: back to full color

Bike Settings


  1. Run – In T2, I will take my watch off the handlebar mount and put it back on my wrist. I am using similar metrics on the run (and keeping those metrics in the same locations).
    • Metrics: The major difference here is screen 3 where I will only show one metric: total elapsed time. During the run, I will want to have the option to see pace, heart rate, distance, etc but the main thing I’ll care about is total time.


Running watch


  • Settings:
    • PODS to search: only HR belt since I won’t be using a power meter
    • GPS Accuracy: Best
    • Autolap: every mile

Run Settings

  1. Finally, plug in your watch and sync settings. And practice using your watch during training so you can get to know the buttons for transition and make any changes before the big day!

Hope you enjoyed learning how I set my Suunto Spartan GPS watch up for Ironman Triathlon Race Day! What would you do differently? Leave a comment below and let me know!


Our 70.3 mile journey to help children in need 🏊🏻🚴🏼🏃

April 26, 2016

Last year, we embarked on our first Ironman 70.3 triathlon adventure in Lake Tahoe. We were honoured and inspired by all of your support in helping us raise over $2,300 for The Breast Cancer Fundraiser! 

It’s time for round two with Ironman Mont Tremblant 70.3, on June 26th!

Why this race?

  1. Tyler grew up skiing & biking in Mt. Tremblant, 1.5 hours outside of Montreal, Canada.
  2. Our shared birthday is June 23rd so why not celebrate by doing a brisk 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run in the mountains of Quebec? 
  3. There’s a great charity component of the race. This year, we are part of the Smile Train fundraising team, tasked to raise $3,000 by race day.

What is Smile Train?
Globally, 1 in every 700 children are born with a cleft lip and/or palate. Clefts are the leading birth defect in many developing countries. Smile Train is an international children’s charity that provides free surgery to poor children suffering from cleft lip and cleft palate. Millions of children in developing countries with unrepaired clefts live in shame, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Smile Train’s sustainable model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery in their communities.

Smile Train uses the “teach a man to fish” model focusing on training local doctors to perform cleft repairs in their communities. Those doctors then go on to train other doctors creating a long-term, sustainable system.

For as little as $250, Smile Train performs a 45 minute surgery that changes a life. With all your help, we can change the lives of 12 children!

Our combined impact: 
With your help, we will raise $3,000 which will change the lives of 12 children!

Click here to visit our team page & to make a tax-deductible donation. 

Thank you for your help! 

Megan & Tyler Porteous

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The 5 Best Lap Swimming Accessories

February 9, 2016

Growing up, my parents had to literally drag me out of the pool and off the diving board. I absolutely loved being in the water. I joined the swim team when I was 5 years old and by the time I was about 10, I was swimming year round. I even went to Stanford swim camp one summer where I became determined to swim in college.

That all changed when I was in 8th grade and was the tallest person in my class, male or female. Noting my height, my Mom suggested I try volleyball and after attending a camp at a local Junior College, I ditched swimming and embraced the bump, set, and spike. [Thanks for the suggestion Mom!] The whole volleyball thing worked out and I ended up playing in College.

Even though I was focused on volleyball in high school and college, I still occasionally got in the pool for short swim workouts and every time I did, I was reminded of why I loved swimming so much growing up. For me, swimming is a sort of meditation. Through a limited version of sensory deprivation (no sounds, no talking, no smelling), swimming allows you to focus on your breath and focus on your mind. 

Much to my delight, Tyler and I started visiting the pool regularly after we signed up for a few triathlons earlier this year. We spent about 3-4 weeks swimming on our own building up our endurance before taking the plunge and joining the Masters program at Alaga Norte Aquatic Center in Carlsbad. Joining Masters was one of the best things I’ve done for my fitness and training. More on Masters later but if you are interesting in getting your lap swim on, here are my 5 favorite swim accessories:


|ONE| The Necessity: Goggles

You may be tough. I know you’re tough! But nobody is tougher than chlorine! If you are going to swim laps, even if it’s only for 10 minutes, you need goggles. I suggest going to a sporting goods store such as Dick’s or Sport’s Authority and taking time to pursue their massive selection of goggles. Speedo and TYR offer various models but here are my favorites. If you want to venture outside of those two brands, ROKA, Finis, and Aqua Sphere are all great brands that have extensive variety on their sites. These are my favorites: Anything by Roka &  Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 Mirrored Swim Goggle

|TWO| For The Ladies (or males with luscious locks): The Swim Cap

It always makes me cringe when I see a lady getting her swim on sans swim cap. I just think of the nightmare tangle situation she will be experiencing post-swim. On top of the rats nest and the damage due to chlorine, a lady’s hair causes quite the drag while swimming. Throw it in a cap and you’ll be exponentially happier. There are so many swim cap options out there as far as color and design but they all boil down to a two options: Silicon vs. Latex. Growing up, I used to hate Silicon because of the tendency to slip but these days, I appreciate both.

  • Latex:
    • Pros: Non-Slip, OG/understated (I’m here to swim, not to make a fashion statement) or, on the other hand, if you have a super bright and crazy suit, a simple latex cap can be the perfect companion. 
    • Cons: Durability- tendency to rip if you don’t take care of them (apply baby powder between each use), can rip hair
  • Silicon
    • Pros: Friendly on hair, lots of options for design
    • Cons: Tendency to slip during a workout

It’s all about personal preference. If you’re one of those who like to express themselves via accessories, you’re going to have a lot more stylish option with the silicon route. Thanks to my friends at Jolyn Clothing, I often rock this sharky cap.


|THREE| The Classics: Kickboard & Pull Buoy

Available at most pools free of charge or for a rental fee, there’s not need to purchase these items initially. Once you decide that the life of a mer-person is for you, there are various kick board and pull buoy options that help with certain specialized conditions


|FOUR| Get Faster: Paddles

Paddles are a great way to isolate your arms during a swim workout and build swimming specific pulling muscles. There are a lot of paddle options out there but these Finis Freestyle Hand Paddles are the best I’ve found because they not only help you build strength, they help with swimming technique by improving reach and distance per stroke. 

|FIVE| Hydrate: Wattle Bottle

Another thing that I don’t get about my fellow lap swimmers – so often people go sans water. Maybe this is because they are hardcore and they are training for a triathlon and during a long open water swim, you can’t sip on high quality h20 at your leisure. Props to those folks. However, I need water when I workout (I actually need more than water – I usually add coconut water or Scratch to my water bottle so I get a little sugar and electrolytes. It makes a huge difference in my ability to stay energized through a hour+ workout. As far as the actual water bottle that I prefer for deckside, I’m a fan of Alex bottles.


Because you can’t have just 5 swimming necessityies, here are some bonus items that I love: 

|Bonus One| Mesh toiletry bag: this is one of the best amazon purchases I’ve ever made! You need this for your swim bag if you shower the pool. If you use a zip lock bag, your stuff stays wet and wet equals nasty. This bag also has a suction cup so it sticks to the shower. Perfection.


|Bonus Two| MP3 Player: such a cool concept! Many people view lap swimming as the equivilant to watching paint dry. If you don’t take the meditative approach, I totally get where people are coming from. Staring at a black line at the bottom of a pool can get pretty boring. But what if you had a playlist full of all the hottest jams? That is a possibility with Finis’ Nepture V2 Underwater MP3 player. 

|Bonus Three| Mermaid Fin: not really a lap swimming accessory – more of an awesome swim toy that makes you feel like a legit mermaid. Brought this all the way to Mexico for my Aunt’s wedding then Anguilla for Tyler’s family vacation and had at least 30 different people try it on and mer their way around the pool. So much fun and actually quite efficient! Aquarius Monofin Blue/Aqua

|Bonus Four| Coconut Oil: protect the locks! Before I get in the water, I slather coconut oil on the ends of my hair to protect from the devastation of chlorine. Also great to keep in your swim bag to remove eye makeup before swimming and to moisturize post-swim. Be sure to buy coconut oil in a plastic container or a tube – stay away from glass! Here’s a good one: Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

|Bonus Five| Recovery: Designer Protein, Organic Pro 30 Protein Powder. I am aways ravenous after a swim and Organic Pro 30 is the perfect recovery beverage. I stick a shaker bottle full of almond milk and a few ice cubes in my swim bag and make a shake right after I shower. 

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Mt. Laguna Road Bike Ride San Diego

September 2, 2015

Discovered: Altitude & Trees in San Diego – Mt Laguna

Located 20 miles north of the Mexican border, San Diego is basically a desert by the sea. Many people consider the climate to be near-perfect year round- the average temperature in San Diego country  is 70°F.  There is over 70 miles of coastline in San Diego county. This place is pretty fantastic and I have loved living here for the past four years. That being said, I often feel a deep longing for crisp, mountain air and lush, green trees. I didn’t know this existed in San Diego until this past weekend, when Tyler and I took our bikes (bikes of the road variety this time!) to East County past the town of Alpine and climbed up Mt. Lauguna, the tallest mountain in San Diego county at nearly 6,000 ft. The ride is a moderate 50 miler with a decent amount of climbing right off the bat.

Here’s how you can do it too…

Getting there: It’s about an hour drive from Encinitas in North County, San Diego to the park n ride where you will start the ride. Head East on hwy 8 towards the city of Alpine. A few miles past Alpine, you will approach the intersection of hwy 79 and hwy 8. Exit there and turn left where you will see a park n ride on the left side of the road. Park there and gear up! The other option is to park a little further down the road at Pine Valley.


The Route: because we road on a particularly hot day in August, we made sure we were rolling by 7am to beat the heat (which meant a 5am wakeup call!). In addition, we opted to ride counter-clockwise in order to get the majority of the heavy climbing over with early on in the ride.  IMG_6947

Head out from the park n ride on hwy 79. Continue on Old Highway 80 through the quaint town of Pine Valley. Continue along hwy 80 and when you turn away from hwy 8, the road becomes the Sunrise Highway. There awaits a lovely 6% average grade climb to Mt. Laguna! If you see trees, stunning views, and signs warning about ice and snow you’re going the right way! 



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Once you reach Mt. Laguna, you have a long decent, desert views, and occasional gusty winds to look forward to. We stopped at a scenic lookout for a quick break and took in the sights and noticed that the famous PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) hiking trail that runs from Mexico to Canada was right below the observation deck. Cool!


Sunrise Hwy dead ends into hwy 79. If you go right, you can extend the ride and head up to Julian for apple pies, cider, and other treats! We opted to turn right, back to car to keep our ride at the 50 mile mark. Soon you will pass Cuyamaca Lake and several equestrian trails. Finally, a fun, curvy descent awaits! Soak in the joys of gravity and be safe! Finish the ride with a climb back to the park n ride lot. The whole thing took us 3.5 hours with a short stop built in.

Mt Laguna Ride

Stats: 50.5 miles // 4,933ft elevation // 3:23 moving 


Watch out! there are parts of the climb that have a very narrow, sometimes non-existent shoulder. If you are riding in the early morning, most of the climb is in the shade (score! but it also makes it hard for cars to see you). Make sure your bike is equipped with forward and rear facing blinky lights.

Have you rode Mt. Laguna? Share your experience in the comments below! 

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F*CK CANCER – Ironman 70.3

August 21, 2015

In exactly one month, Tyler Porteous​ and I will be swimming, biking, and running in Tahoe for the Ironman 70.3 Lake Tahoe​. We have been geeking out training hard for 5 months. It’s been a lot of hard work but by doing it together, it’s been a lot of fun. There have been moments both of us have wanted to throw in the towel but then we think about one of the main reasons we are doing this – to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. Both of us have had immediate family members who have battled other types of cancer and we want to dedicate this race to them. If you have $5 or $10 to donate to this cause, we will be extremely grateful and will be thinking of your and your contribution on race day! 

Click to donate now

Thank you!



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Lake Tahoe: The Giant Blue Advil

July 17, 2015

When we were in Lake Tahoe a few weeks ago, we met a super sweet local who called the lake the “Giant Blue Advil” because of it’s healing powers. She also told us that the key to open water swims in Lake Tahoe is diving down 10 feet and drinking the cold clean water. I think I might drown if I attempted that maneuver but the thought alone is refreshing! 

Swimming in Lake Tahoe was a magical, almost zen like experience. Tyler and I did two separate 1.5 mile open water swims on the east side of the lake near Sand Harbor in prep for our upcoming half ironman. Swimming in some of the most iconic, crystal blue waters in all of Lake Tahoe was much better (in my opinion) that swimming in the murky ocean water of Souther California. 

We are just over two months away from Lake Tahoe Ironman 70.3! Who’s coming to hang? We promise there will be a beach day here (at Chimney Beach) the day after the race. 





Gear, Triathlon

Sprint Tri Packing List

May 6, 2015

Leading up to last weekend’s sprint triathlon, I had a few panic-infused, gear-related dreams where I forgot key items. These dreams were the worst part of the whole ordeal, way more mentally taxing than the training! I must have been especially concerned about forgetting my super rad goggles because  I knew they would give me the extra courage (via style points, obviously. ha.) that I would need to get through my first open water swim.

Alas, nothing was forgotten and things went smoothly. I did, however, rely on a packing checklist that I used while gathering my things the night before and also that I reviewed morning of for peace of mind. It really took the anxiety out of the whole packing experience and set me up for success day of. I was also super pumped that I packed essential items for post-race like a brush and body wipes so I could go from finish line to brunch & celebratory mimosas quite easily.  

Please let us know if I’m missing anything! CLICK HERE for a printable checklist.

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Mega-Ty’s 1st Tri!

May 4, 2015

4 a.m. and the alarm rings. Why oh why are we doing this? 

Cold oatmeal “aka overnight oats”, a coffee, load the packs and bikes in the truck and we are off to the San Diego Sprint Triathlon and our first tri! IMG_3186

Megan and I are normally not early for anything. It’s not that we are late, we just tend to be exactly “on time” if that makes any sense. Today though, being early was key! Driving, parking, walking, setting up your transition area, using the washroom, using the washroom again, walking the transition zone, walking the swim start, snacking, putting on your wetsuit, going to the washroom again, putting your wetsuit back on, and then lining up; you’ll need all the time you can get. 


The transition and transition setup was one of my favorite parts of the race. I equate it to packing a big backpacking trip, where you lay out all your gear, take inventory, pack, un-pack, then pack all back up again. Any setup you place down, you are going to want to change! Your shoes can always be more open, your helmet always placed better, and your bike straighter! Just set it and forget it! 


Before I put on the wetsuit!

Head to the swim start area, and join in on the conversation of “when does my heat start?”, “what buoys do I swim around?”, and “what type of goggles are those?”.  


The swim to bike transition was more difficult than expected. Getting out of the water, unzipping the suit, and running in, your equilibrium is thrown off. After a short bit, things will come back together, but taking the time earlier to walk the transition area really helped finding the bike. I second guessed myself a few times even still.

The bike portion was great! Few bumps, but getting to pass, and being passed, is both energizing and humbling! 

The run… oh the run…! Running right off the bike feels like running through mud. Push through it and things get better, but right out of the gate, it’s rough! 


With the finish in sight, everything makes sense as to why people get addicted to this sport. 


 A big big congratulations to Megan for finishing 2nd in her age group! I couldn’t be more proud!


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First Road Bike Ride

April 1, 2015

A few weekends ago, Tyler and I embarked on our very first road bike ride. We really dove right in and invited some friends of ours who are pretty experienced cyclists to join us. One of these friends is actually a pro triathlete and a 70.3 Ironman champion! The other two friends are both amazing athletes and experienced cyclists. There was one point before we took off on our ride when Tyler and I looked at each with a mutually understood “what are we getting ourselves into?” glance. We both love a good challenge so off we went!

We headed North from our place in Carlsbad through Oceanside until we reached the main Camp Pendleton (marine base) gate. From there, we made our way to the old US 101 Highway known as the Camp Pendleton Traverse. Most of this road is completely deserted except for the odd lizard or in some cases, helicopter flyovers and tank rumblings. The traverse runs all the way to San Clemente (the southern most town in Orange County) and at certain points, has sweeping ocean views which can be both a blessing and a curse. When discussing the ride later in the day, both Tyler and I recalled certain points during the ride where we both caught a glimpses of the glassy conditions of the ocean and thought, “shouldn’t we be surfing right now?”. In the end, we biked close to 45 miles and we lived! Yew! All in all, we both agreed that the bike purchases were good decisions and we are excited for the several months of training leading up to our 70.3 Half Ironman in Tahoe in September.

Here are my top 7 takeaways from our first road bike adventure:

  1. Prep work indoors pays off: The few weeks of logging hour-long endurance rides at Evovle Fusion in Carlsbad paid off as I felt pretty solid through most of our 45-ish mile ride. I like this studio because they use Keiser M3 indoor cycling bikes which means you can see how many watts you are pushing and what your cadence (RPM) are at any given time so it feels closer to a real ride than a place like Soulcycle. Tyler was pretty much born on a mountain bike so even though he hasn’t spent any time at spin class or on a road bike, I knew he’d crush the ride (he did!).
  2. No need for undies when wearing cycling shorts: When we were about to embark on our journey, our friend and pro triathlete Jenny Fletcher must have noticed my not-so-concealed underwear line. She kindly explained that wearing underwear with cycling shorts isn’t advised due to chafing dangers. Close call on this one but crisis averted!
  3. Chamois cream is a thing: after Jenny informed me of the no-underware rule, she informed me of a product known as “chamois cream” – highly advised.
  4. Invest in a proper seat: Who knew a bike seat (excuse me, “saddle”) could be so specific… they come in women’s varieties, men’s, triathlon, etc etc. All I know is that YES, I love my bike but NO I don’t love the seat it came with. So far, the three biggest takeaways take-aways involve the bike seat region. Odd sport this road biking…
  5. Insulated water bottles: Maybe the key take-away here is that lots of water is needed. We only brought one bottle each and my bike wasn’t equipped with a water bottle cage yet so I rocked my water bottle in the back of my shirt. Needless to say, after 40+ miles on the bike (roughly 3 hours) we were parched! Also, when a water bottle sits on your bike in direct sunlight for several hours, the contents of the bottle tend to get toasty. Cue the insulated water bottle!
  6. Snacks: On this maiden bicycle voyage, we failed to bring snacks. We also failed to eat a large enough breakfast. This was an error! At about 30 miles my brain wasn’t screaming “shut up legs” as it was more-so screaming “shut up stomach!”. The first thing I did upon arrival back to our home was blend together a heap of frozen fruits and veggies with a generous scoop of Designer Whey! Refreshing recovery.
  7. Biking + Photos + Military Base = Trouble: As we were waiting in line behind a few cars at the main gate to Camp Pendleton, I pulled out my phone and snapped a quick photo of Tyler and I. The entire picture taking process couldn’t have been more than 5 seconds but it must have been enough for a marine to catch me! He promptly walked up to me and told me that photos on the military base are strictly forbidden and that I could get a ticket for “driving” and using my cell phone. Lesson learned! The snapchats will have to wait for now! GoPros are OK though!

And that sums up my first experience on a bike ride. Only 6 more months of training to go until the 70.3!