Monday Motivation: Rêve Athletes Tri'ing for a Cure

This summer, we have loved hearing about all of the road races, long distance bike rides, and triathlons our Rêve community have been completing. This past month alone has brought the Trek Across Maine, the Old Port Half Marathon, and, most recently, the Tri for a Cure. This week, we caught up with two Rêve athletes, Mary Rigney and Lauren Bornstein, who completed the Tri. They spoke to us about what inspired them to sign up, how they battled the elements on the day of the race, and their can’t beat training tips. Read on for a little Monday motivation! Tri 1

What inspired you to sign up for the race?

MR: Over the past few years, Rêve has been my place. I am so grateful to have started spinning and to be a part of this awesome community. So when I was asked to join a relay team with two of my dear friends who I’ve know for more than 20 years, I said why not?! I knew all those classes would transfer well to a road bike!

LB: Three summers ago, a friend asked if I would do the running leg on her relay team. It was such an amazing, inspiring event. The next summer, I did it all on my own, and then I just had to do it again this year!

How did the race go?

LB: Despite the crazy weather, I beat my time from last summer! I beat my times on all three legs of the race, but my transitions were a little bit slower. I think I was just enjoying myself! I had a little snack, drink, and took some time changing my shoes. It absolutely downpoured when I was out on the bike, which ended up being a good distraction at the end of the bike route! It was just so fun! 

MR: It was very exciting to be part of such a moving event. It was amazing to hear stories and meet survivors that have faced and conquered such challenges. The weather could have been better, but we did great!

What did you do in the week or so leading up into race day?

MR: I attended as many classes at Rêve as I could to prepare and build up my endurance. As a result, I was able to enjoy the ride and the day. I made a point to get to Skyler’s class the day before the race for a last minute inspiration burst!

LB: I made sure to get in one more swim, bike, and run. I did the bike course with a friend to familiarize myself with the turns and the hills. I got my bike checked and made sure I had all the gear I needed (goggles, headband, energy chews, etc.) And I went to the beach and relaxed a lot!

What are your tips for someone considering signing up for a tri?

LB: First, take advantage of any clinics that the event offers - especially the swim clinics! I hadn't really swam since I was a kid at camp, and it was really fun to get in a pool to workout! It was also really helpful to swim the course in open water a few times. Plus, those training sessions are a great way to meet people also participate in the event; I have made some great friends over the last few years just through the training events! Second, Enjoy the process. The advantage of doing a tri is that it forces you to exercise in different ways.

MR: I would describe the experience as life changing, and would encourage everyone to be willing to get outside of your comfort zone and take a chance to be part of something greater than any one individual. The reward far outweighs the effort.

What went through your head during the race?

LB: I am a sucker for "girl power" pop songs when I am working out, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Meghan Trainor, etc. Especially for the all-women Tri for a Cure, those types of songs really get my pumped! "Die Young" by Kesha and "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten. Those two songs came on my Pandora during the my last training run, so they pushed me along on race day.

MR: It was the voices of my favorite Rêve instructors that were in my head on the day of the race! As I pushed up the hills, I heard Skyler pushing me, Savannah with her 1,2,1, and Steph with her growling.

These two absolutely crushed it, and we are so proud of them!