Crawfishman Triathlon, May 22, 2016

It was a busy week leading up to the Crawfishman Triathlon in Bush, Louisiana, on Sunday, May 22. I love training, however, there are other responsibilities that I love doing and also need to do. Grandparents’ Day was the most important day last week.  And because of Sunday’s tri I had to revamp my regular training schedule. The Crawfishman Tri had been on my radar for a few years, but changing my regular training routine is somewhat hard for me since I am so focused on six months from now and the Ironman. Did I mention I am pretty OCD about things?

This was the second week in a row that I was not able to do a base line heart rate test on the bike. We have had stormy weather and doing it on the trainer is next to impossible.

Because I am not a “seasoned” runner or triathlete I am learning all sorts of running nomenclature, as well as the torture that accompanies it. My goal was to run 4x30 second strides @ 7:40 pace and stay there for the 30-second duration, then 5x1000 meters at 10:00 minute pace. Hoorah I did it!

Saturday before the tri was my rest day and then off to the race! The Crawfishman Triathlon is a popular race with a 1000-meter swim, 18-mile bike, and 4 mile run.  Spending time with some great tri friends before and after the race was great. They have all done at least one Ironman, so I was busy picking their brains for ideas on nutrition on the 112-mile bike portion of the Ironman.  

The weather, the water, and the venue were perfect. I met lots of new people on the run course, some of whom were doing their first tri. One gentleman came along and held my hand for a few yards and told me, “I’m really hurting.” Later I learned that he just rode a bike that was never fitted.  He made it through and was okay at the beer truck. I was fortunate to come in first in my age group.  

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Gini Fellows

About Gini


Gini Fellows, a registered nurse, teaches health and wellness at the Biloxi, Mississippi, campus of Tulane University.  She’ll turn 70 in August, and is training for her first full Ironman in Florida in November 2016.  Her coach is her son, Patrick, who’s a huge inspiration to Gini as he schedules her workouts and helps her sort through her doubts and fears.

Gini’s always been active but only began competing in triathlons in 2007, after knee surgery.  In 2013 she competed in her first Ironman 70.3 race, and surprisingly came in 3rd in her age group, qualifying for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship.  In preparation for that distance Gini competed in Ironman Texas 70.3 and came in 1st in her age group.

Last year Gini began thinking about attempting to complete a full Ironman.  After talking it over with Patrick, who is competing with her, she decided to register and commit to her training.

Gini says she began her journey to Ironman Florida this winter by building a base and now she’s beginning to add harder and more specific workouts.

Gini’s excited to be blogging about her training – in her words, “the good, the bad, the ugly!!”

Thank you for following!!

A note about Ironman triathlons.

The Ironman 70.3 refers to the total distance in miles covered in the event, which comprises a 1.2-mile swim, a 57-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run.

A full Ironman triathlon event comprises a 2.4-mile swim, a 114-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run.

Ironman also has other events, including events for children and for women only.  For additional information, see the Ironman website.