Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Training for My First Triathlon & Danskin Triathlon Giveaway

This year has been a lot of trying new things.  I have added new cross training activities to my workouts and am having so much fun. I joined a run club and have been running with a bunch of new people.  I finally decided that this summer would be the time I tried out a triathlon.  Last summer, my sister did the Danskin Triathlon in Webster, Massachusetts.  My sister is not a swimmer at all, so when she told me her plans, I got very nervous.  She assured me that the Danskin Triathlon is a triathlon for newer women triathletes and that she would be fine.

I decided to volunteer at her race as a Swim Angel so that I would be in the lake during the swim.  The Swim Angel program was an awesome experience as I had a chance to help many women push past their fear of swimming and finish their 1/2 mile leg.  If you are nervous about swimming you simply raise your hand at the starting line and you are assigned a swim angel who will swim alongside you with a noodle.  If you need to take a break, we were there to lend the noodle and then help them continue on.

Because of my sister's successful first triathlon with Danskin and my amazing volunteering experience, it was a no brainer to choose Danskin as my first triathlon this summer.  I will be racing in Webster, Massachusetts, on July 22, where I will do the 1/2 mile swim, 12 mile bike ride, and 3.1 mile run.  If anyone in the area is doing this race or another Danskin race, please let me know.  I would love a training partner whether it be virtual or in real life.  Here is more information about the race:




The Danskin Triathlon Series has eight Races throughout the country.  It is the largest women and girls Series in the sport.

What: Sprint distance triathlons (1/2 mile swim, 12 mile bike, 3 mile run) that empower women by challenging them in a motivational, supportive, and safe setting with "cheerleaders" every step of the way.  Select Races offer a Super Sprint distance option.  Participation can be on an individual or Relay Team basis - making them even more first-timer friendly.

Where: Nation-wide (see website or calendar for specific locations)

When: 
               May 13 - Clermont, FL (greater Orlando area)
               June 3 - Austin, TX
               July 22 - Webster, MA (greater Boston area)
               August 5 - Howell, MI
               August 19 - Seattle, WA
               August 26 - Chicagoland
               September 9 - Sandy Hook, NJ
               October 7 - Palm Springs, CA

Why: Be a part of something bigger than yourself.  With eight Races throughout the country there's no reason not to TRI!  We want to help women to get moving.  Our "women empowering other women" mentality combined with doable Race distances makes our events extremely first-timer friendly.

In the spirit of "paying it forward" the Series supports the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Team Survivor nationally; as well as a local food bank and women's shelter in each of our Race cities.

Link: www.danskintriathlon.net

Giveaway: The Danskin Triathlon Series wants YOU to TRI something new.  They are offering a complimentary entry to one winner of the Westfordmommy giveaway.  The Danskin Triathlon Series is a great first-timer friendly Swim, Bike, Run event that can be done on an individual or Relay team basis.  Get your girlfriends, sisters, daughters, and nieces involved by signing up to do this fabulous women's fitness event together - of course if you win, your entry will already be paid for. *Terms and Conditions May Apply.

To win a free entry (please make sure I have your email address when you comment so I can contact you):

  1. Leave a comment telling me about your first triathlon or if this will be your first, tell me why you want to do one.  
  2. Follow me on Twitter (@robinbn) and come back to tell me that you are following.
  3. Tweet about this giveaway and come back to tell me that you tweeted.
I am really excited to do my first triathlon this summer and really hope that some of you will give it a try as well.  I will be tracking my triathlon training the next few months on the blog and would love to hear about your training as well.  The finish line at Danskin is AMAZING and I can not imagine a better way to celebrate women than with a bunch of ladies Swimming, Biking, and Running together!

*This sweepstakes is open for US Residents Only and you must be 18 to enter. The sweepstakes runs April 25, 2012 until Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 11:59pm EST. I will be using random.org to pick the winner and will announce the winner Wednesday, May 2, 2012. The race entry will be provided by the Danskin Triathlon Series owned by Xxtra Mile LLC. One winner will be selected. I will announce the winner in a blogpost on May 2nd and the winner will have one week to contact me before a new winner will be chosen. Incase of a technical glitch and entries are lost, all entrants must resubmit comments for entries. You may enter by leaving a comment on this post as well as 2 bonus entries as stated above.

**I am not being compensated for this post.  I have been provided one race entry for myself and one race entry to giveaway in exchange for my post about Danskin.  All opinions are my own.

20 comments:

Laura said...

This is awesome, Robin! I've never done a tri but could be talked into trying one... the Austin one is tempting!

Laura said...

I follow you on twitter!

Laura said...

And I tweeted!

kelpowers said...

I follow you on twitter!

kelpowers said...

I've done this tri last year and loved it--minus the swim!
And can't wait to do it again.

Jolene said...

Wow, that is SO awesome! I have heard the Danskin series is awesome for a 'first' triathlon. IF I could swim, I would totally be interested in something like this. I'll live vicariously through you (and whoever wins this giveaway, what a great idea!) ;-)

RunningMandy said...

What a great experience you had! I have never done a tri, but it's on my list of experiences to have.

She Rocks Fitness said...

I already follow you on Twitter!

She Rocks Fitness said...

Just tweeted about this giveaway, which is AWESOME!

She Rocks Fitness said...

I haven't done a tri in a few years and winning this would be perfect motivation to JUST DO IT! They are so much fun and a great training program! My e-mail is sherocksfitness@gmail.com! Great giveaway!

Liz said...

I did my first tri a couple years ago, women only, and loved it! Was hooked right away. I was supposed to do the Danskin one here last year but wound up having ACL surgery in June. Would be great to win an entry for this year!
My email is twofools1@yahoo.com Thanks for the chance to win!!

Liz P. said...

I'm training for my first Tri for July in Cleveland, this would be a fun second tri!

Liz P. said...

oh, and I'm following you on twitter too!

Harmlove5 said...

I did a sprint last fall and loved it. Amazing how each sport is sooooo diffferent.

Harmlove5 said...

Forgot to tell you why I want to do another.....I have so much to learn and TRY! I have never done an open water swim as well. Scary Fun!

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Liana said...

I would love to try my hand at a try but the swimming part always scared me away. I'm not sure if I can swim from one end of the pool to another, let alone for half a mile. However, this swim angel concept seems very welcoming!

Liana said...

I'm already twitter stalking!

Liana said...

Okay I tweeted