Jennifer Fitzharris-Funk

Jennifer has been running for over 15 years. While she loves to run – her true passion is triathlon. She's been racing with TEAM SOAS since 2014. Jennifer likes to swim, bike and run in the city of Minneapolis where she lives with her husband and dogs, Ruby and Koa. Her favorite running (and swimming) route is around Lake Nokomis, where you'll often spot her with a four-legged running partner. Athlinks Profile
  • Katie Cummings

    I’m “tri”ing my first triathlon this summer and have already started pool work, but am super nervous for deciding what bike to get. I have a mountain bike which is fine, but I’d like to get a road or tri bike, just can’t commit to either one yet!

    • frenat

      I’m sure Jennifer would be more than happy to chat with you about bikes!

    • Jennifer

      That’s great you’re tackling your first triathlon – way to go!! You’re right, the mountain bike will suffice. However if you want to get that new bike – you may want to check out a road bike for your first investment. You can always add ‘triathlon-like’ equipment (like aerobars) as you go. That way, you’ll have a bit more versatile bike. You can take the road bike out for tooling around as well as on group rides (riding a tri bike on group rides can be really difficult due to the position of the shifters and your upper body as you ride – you’ll most likely be riding upright anyways!). I’m happy to answer any questions – or check out the folks at GearWest – they specialize in helping people get into bikes – and are experts in answering road vs tri questions!

      • Katie Cummings

        I’ve heard great things about Gear West, I’m planning on going down there next weekend. The first bike shop I talked to had me sold on a road bike, the second shop I checked out sold me on a tri bike, hopefully I can get a stronger feeling soon as I would like to purchase and get comfortable on a trainer soon!

        • Jennifer

          It certainly can be confusing deciding on a bike! The folks at GW will most likely spend a few minutes asking you how you might use it, how many races/year you do, etc. to help you make the best decision. The great news is that they’re pretty unbiased on road vs. tri and have a great selection of both (they often have complete package deals including some variation of; bike, pedals, shoes, helmet, wetsuit – should you want to go that route) – so you’ll be in good hands. If you’re serious about buying that day – plan to spend some time and bring a pair of bike shorts so you can test out a few bikes on the trainer and possibly get fitted that day. Good luck and enjoy the new ride!!

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