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!
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.
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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