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I’m going to do a triathlon. Now what?

Swim+Bike+Run=Triathlon

It’s been a long time since I’ve tried a new sport.  I have been able to swim like a fish since I was a little kid.  I learned how to ride my bike when I was little and have fond memories of riding on a banana seat.  And of course I run (that’s the easy part).  But when you put the three sports together the equation becomes a little more terrifying.  You guessed it I’m planning to do my first triathlon–swim+bike+run=triathlon!

Swim+Bike+Run=Triathlon

Swim+Bike+Run=Triathlon

Now what?  The first thing I need to do is to sign up for a race. I have decided that my first triathlon will be an Olympic Triathlon, I am not much of a sprinter but love middle distance racing so this seems like the perfect choice.  Here’s the break down of the distances for each discipline: 1.5 kilometers (0.93 miles) swim, 40 kilometers (25 miles) bike, 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) run.  I think I have selected my first race but will let you know after I’ve actually had the guts to click the register button. Once that happens. It’s official and my quest to become a triathlete will have begun.

Let's do this! Hitting the pool.

Let’s do this! Hitting the pool.

For now I am using my post-Boston Marathon recovery period to become reacquainted with the bike and the pool.  I am loving the break from only running and my body is thanking me for the gentle recovery from the 26.2 miles of pounding from Hopkinton to Boylston Street.  I am absolutely loving being back in the pool and have newly outfitted myself with some training swimsuits, googles, a swim cap, and some earplugs but have been totally winging it with workouts. Working out in the pool has reintroduced me to the “joys” of starting a new sport. I thought I was in shape but mastering the breathing has a steep learning curve . . . I feel winded after each set of laps, and I am reminded of the muscles that have been lying dormant.  Although, it is challenging, I am open and ready for a new adventure.

I have so many questions about the training and what will actually happen during the triathlon that my coach may think I am totally nuts! I would love to hear your stories and tips especially about doing your first triathlon.  

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6 responses

6 responses

  1. You will love doing tris. I have always been a cyclist. I didn’t start seriously running until about 18 months ago. After a couple of 5ks I decided to add some swimming in on rest days. I was and am far from being a fish in the water. At my first tri I just wanted to get through the swim!
    After a lot of practice I feel comfortable enough that I am going to an open water tri this summer.
    One thing I would really suggest doing brick workouts. Transition straight off the bike and into a run. Your legs will feel like rubber and lead. I tend to go out to fast and pay for it later in the run.
    I have become hooked on triathlons. I love running races but the tri puts it all together,
    Most of all HAVE FUN!!!!

  2. Do it!! Which tri is it! As a runner, if you can get over the not liking to swim part, you’ll love the tri. Most people do their first one and then get the tri bug. I love them. Keeps the training interesting, and am definitely less prone to injury by doing all 3 disciplines. Fortunately, I love to swim, not so much the run. Unfortunately, I’m not much of a runner, so I get my butt handed to me on every race as a result, but I still love the tri’s.

    1. Hi Laura! Thanks for stopping in! It’s the New England TriFest Olympic Distance. Post coming tomorrow. It’s in beautiful Fairlee, VT. I actually love swimming although am nervous about swimming in a large group. I am excited for the new challenge and to mix things up a little bit. How many have you done? What distance is your favorite. Do you have a favorite race?

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