Quick– close your eyes and think about Iowa.
Is this what you thought of?
That’s not an inaccurate picture to have of Iowa, but you should also consider this:
As a former resident of a mountainous state, I know I have dismissed the mid-west as “flat” and maybe even “boring” in the past. But oh how wrong I was. Iowa is certainly not flat, especially not near our house. I went for a 9 mile bike ride last night (it was supposed to be 7.5, but I got lost. Did you know that most corn fields look remarkably similar to most other corn fields and thus should not be used for directional purposes?) and as I thought about my route I knew that no matter what direction I went in, there would be hills.
I ride with a Garmin that tells me my mph on the bike and it is entertaining to me to watch how much it changes. On a flat gravel road I can go about 8.5 mph. On a flat paved road, about 9.5 mph. Up a hill…6 mph, 5.2 was the low spot on one particularly brutal hill (aka potty mouth mountain because of all the damn swearing I can’t stop myself from doing, though apparently that can be helpful).
There can be some benefits to being a big girl on a heavy bike though… I was clocking 19, 20, 22 mph down some of the hills, even though I still ride the brakes a bit. Yay gravity!
Okay, so now we are all in agreement, yes? Iowa is not flat and Wendy is awesome for learning to become a cyclist on gravel, hilly, country roads.
So, let’s turn to the other topic for discussion– my not flat boobs.
(At this moment, let me give a shout out to my older brother who I know reads my blog and is probably just thrilled to contemplate reading about my boobs. Hi big brother!)
I do have an actual reason for bringing up the boobies, and would love any advice from any triathlon women who might be reading. When I work out, I wear the Cadillac of sports bras- the Enell, which are completely wonderful and amazing for big chested women. I can’t imagine trying to run in anything other.
But for the triathlon, I’m not sure what to do. I know that in a lot of sprint tris people either wear a tri suit or run in their bathing suits. Buying a tri suit isn’t an option at this point, but I don’t think running in a swimsuit (I’d be pulling shorts and a shirt over it for the bike and run) will give me enough support. I feel like there are a couple of options:
1. Wear the sports bra under the swim suit which will look…um…interesting to say the least. It would be very visible. I don’t know how quick drying the sports bra would be either, so that might be an issue
2. Wear an extra swim top underneath the swimsuit. Something like this:
3. Just go with the swimsuit only and suck it up for 3.1 miles (I’m not so worried about the bike part).
Am I missing an option? Anyone have any tips?