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.
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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