Good old Jennifer Lopez. Itâ€™s the changing behind the towel that really did it. Seeing J-Lo struggle to maintain a modicum of decency while wriggling out of a wetsuit during the annual Malibu triathlon was surprisingly heartening. Itâ€™s good to know that even if youâ€™re a multi-award-winning recording artist with an estimated personal wealth of $110m you arenâ€™t too grand to do that awkward bra-knickers-towel dance on a crowded beach and hope for the best.
It was Lopezâ€™s first attempt at the charity event, and while she did appear to have someone on hand to help her with whatâ€™s known as the â€œtransitionsâ€ (the bit when you move from swimming to cycling to running), itâ€™s fair to say that for someone with a reputation for outlandish demands, J-Lo did a pretty good impression of being a perfectly normal woman.
Not only did she muck in alongside everyone else (no security or motorcycle outriders followed her) but she completed the event in a not-at-all shameful two hours 23 minutes and 28 seconds. In the US, a classic triathlon such as this starts with a half-mile swim (800m), followed by an 18-mile bike ride and a four-mile run (of course, this
being California, the bike ride was along the Pacific Coast Highway and the run was along the footpath of Malibuâ€™s beautiful Zuma beach, but still itâ€™s hard not to be impressed).
â€œHer time is not the quickest but itâ€™s respectable. Weâ€™d expect the top guys to do it in an hour, but she got around the whole course so thatâ€™s great,â€ says Andrew Bell of the British triathlon federation. Perhaps we shouldnâ€™t be so surprised. Although this was Lopezâ€™s first triathlon, she was on the athletics team at high school: â€œI won maybe 70 or 80 medals and trophies over those years,â€ she told reporters earlier this year.
Lopez even managed a very un-diva like punch in the air as she crossed the finish line. Joined by the likes of X-Filesâ€™ David Duchovny and Desperate Housewife Felicity Hoffman, Lopez was one of more than 3,000 participants in a sporting event so celebrity-heavy it makes the London Marathon look positively plebeian. What Iâ€™m really wondering is whether she peed in her wetsuit to keep herself warm. Everybody does it, donâ€™t they Jen?