Tuesday, April 17, 2018


For the last two years we setup and completed the first two Lipedema triathlons, with the help of my training mates, friends and the Saratoga Springs YMCA.

I am happy to say the Saratoga Springs YMCA once again is letting us hold the triathlon at their facility, and once again, they want to open it up to others (outside of Lipedema) that have mobility concerns, I love what the YMCA stands for and how it tries to be inclusive of all body types and mobilities.

As I found out in our first year, triathlon races vary in distance, the one we focus on is the Sprint: 750-meter (0.47-mile) swim, 20-kilometer (12-mile) bike, 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) run/walk. 

Here is a break down of what we will be doing come June 23:

Swim - The most common pool sizes built today are either 25 meters or 50 meters (Olympic size) so 750 meters will be 30 lengths in the smaller pool and 15 lengths in the Olympic.

Bike - Most bikes (road or stationary) calculate mileage, but if not , just calculate your speed (MPH) by your duration to get you to 12 miles.

Run/Walk - Most treadmills calculate mileage; or if using a standard indoor track (200 meters), you would need to do 25 laps for a 5K. If using a standard outdoor track (400 meters), you would need to do 12.5 laps.

A big part of our efforts to include as many people as possible, is to make the event virtual (meaning you can do it anywhere - in your own hometown, on your block, in your your favorite gym, in the park, etc.). You can choose to do it as a relay as well. Just get a friend or two and each take a section of the race. Or get a group and each take a lap of the swim and/or a portion of each section of the race. 

If you want to do the entire race, but not sure you can complete it in the 9am-1pm timeframe, spread it out over the entire month of June. However you want to be involved, we want you to do so.

Here is a link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080448abad2fa57-lipedema2

Want to help, but not able to participate? You can donate to either the Saratoga Springs YMCA or Fat Disorders Research in honor of the Lipedema Triathlon. Both are great charities doing a lot to help us spread awareness and fight back. Thank you!