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It’s time to spread my wings and set some new goals . . . Triathlon?!?!

Spread your wings. Set new goals!

Spread your wings. Set new goals!

Swim, Bike, Run! Triathlon.

It’s time for some new goals . . . time to spread my wings! Now that the Boston Marathon has come and gone (race recap soon) I need to pick a new focus and some new races to fill up my spring, summer and fall.  I am excited by the thought of trying some new races and maybe a new sport!?!?!?! Yes, you heard me correctly, I said new sport. Organic Runner Mom is going to try being Organic Triathlon Mom, at least once and then I’ll see what happens.

I need to get my swimming “mojo” on! Last summer I spent a fair amount of time in the pool swimming laps when my tendonitis had me sentenced to the dreaded “boot” for part of the summer. I need to get back into the pool and I need New Hampshire to cooperate and turn the heat on in the lakes and rivers so I can get my open water swimming underway.  I wa never a competitive swimmer but have always been a fish. My mom has always joked that I have air in my bones because I float so easily.

Get your bike on!

Get your bike on!

I have truly been enjoying spinning on my road bike this winter as a regular part of my cross-training during Boston Marathon training.  However, riding your bike on the trainer is totally different than riding out on the road. As crazy as it sounds my bike has not hit the pavement since before I had my daughter. She will be six this summer which means I haven’t actually done any road riding in 7 YEARS! Yikes. As a little silly side-note, while I may be a decent cyclist I must admit I do have some fear of the bike (That’s one reason why I run, it’s just simpler). It took me a while to get used to clipless pedals when I first started to ride (the name clipless pedals still perplexes me since you actually clip your feet into them? Hmmm?).  My friend Jeff actually nicely nicknamed me “Clippy” because I had to learn how to clip in and out riding in a school parking lot just like a little kid riding for the first time without training wheels. It was definitely a laughable (and humbling experience).

And the running part? Well, you know I’ve got that covered!

Hopefully I will learn to love the tri! So many people have told me I will love the triathlon lifestyle and how it is easier on your body because of the different athletic disciplines involved.  I am still trying to figure out which triathlon distance would be best to start with.  My coach Denise Goode from The Sustainable Athlete thinks the Olympic Distance might be the way to go (A swim of 0.93 miles (1.5 kilometers), a bicycle route of 24.8 miles (40 kilometers) and a run of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers), some of my friends have encouraged me to go Big and go for the Half IRONMAN (The “70.3” refers to the total distance in miles (113.0 km) covered in the race, consisting of a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and a 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run). Whaaaaat???

There are so many awesome triathlons to choose from close to home. I am going to have to start doing my research.

If you were me which distance triathlon would you pick? Have you ever raced in a triathlon before?

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11 responses

11 responses

  1. I’ve been doing triathlons since 2008. It took me four years to jump up to Olympic distance and I’m just now training for my first Half Ironman. But that’s just me, I tend to be overly cautious 🙂

    I’m sure you’ll be fine starting with Olympic since you’re a runner and comfortable in the water. It would have been WAY too scary for me to start with Half Iron. Even if you’re braver than me, probably still better to get used to triathlon before you go that big!
    Lauren @ mostly i run recently posted…unlike cats, runners don’t always land on their feetMy Profile

    1. We’ll see, the whole thought of it is definitely daunting. How have the tris been going for you? Good luck in your half ironman!

    1. Sounds like it was an awesome experience Elena! I love marathons too but my body needs a break 🙂

  2. I did my first triathlon in 2009 and am now training for my first half-Ironman next April. I’ve done Sprint triathlons only, but am moving up this year to the Olympic distance before doing the 70.3.

    I ALWAYS suggest the Sprint triathlon first. It allows you to get the feel of triathlon without the pressure of going a long distance.

    You have to remember, this is 3 different sports in one and you need to get used to moving from one to the other to another in a race format.
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    1. Thanks for the tips Irene! I will definitely have to practice the transitions! I would love to hear all about your half ironman training!

  3. I was a college rower when I did my last triathlon. I thought I was going to be so badass just because of my fitness level. Boy was I wrong.

    I keep wanting to go back and try it out again, but I’m going to focus on healing my rotator cuff and getting a faster half marathon time for now.
    Miriam Wilcox recently posted…I am raising a runnerMy Profile

    1. Also, my favorite flavour of Stonyfield yogurt is Chocolate underground. The munchkin is a big fan of the pouches, although I don’t get awesome yogurt face pictures anymore.

    2. I was a rower too Miriam! I rowed at Colby, where did you row? I hope that your rotator cuff feels better and that you kick ass at your half!

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