IMFL Triathlon Camp


Who doesn’t wait until she's 70 to go to camp for the first time?

Well I did and it was a unique experience.

No tents, bond fires, or s'mores.  It was a lot of work, but I think I got a lot of experience and information to remove some of the terror of the swim away.  I am sure I will be a nervous wreck prior to the start, but at least I feel I can handle the swim.  We rehearsed a short version of the swim, getting out of the water and running back in. Our coach gave us pointers on sighting.

We rode 41 miles on the hilly part of the course.  Anyone who says Ironman Florida is flat is lying.  We went over many rolling hills.  None of them were so hard that I could not keep going.

When we finished the ride I was happy to see that I wasn’t too slow.  In fact, I had the same distance and miles per hour as another woman on the course.  So I felt better about the ride.

I do need to spend some more time figuring out how much nutrition I need to be consuming on the ride.  I put that to the test this weekend when I rode 95 miles.

We spent some time going over the athlete’s guide, a walk through what to expect in transition, and some of the items that will go in transition and special needs bags.   

Earlier in the week I swam 3200 yards in one hour and 30 minutes.  This past Monday I swam 3700 yards in one hour and 40 minutes.  It looks like I should be able to complete the swim in two hours.

The camp experience was well worth the time and expense.  It gave me a little more confidence.  


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.