I‘m training for a triathlon. Ok, it’s written down on my blog and it’s published, so it makes it official right? I‘m training for a triathlon. There, I’ve said it again, therefore it’s really happening right? I’m not doing this alone either, I’ll be working towards this goal along side my twin sister Julie.
I am so excited about this goal, and to be doing with my twin sister (even though we live 500 Km apart). This event is an early celebration of our 40th birthday. I can’t imagine a better way to be celebrating this milestone birthday (well, OK, I admit that a Run Disney on my 40th would be super cool too! But that’s it! 🙂
This is a long-term goal that’s almost a year away. There is so much to consider when taking on this challenge. Maybe I have running down, but now I have to learn to swim (taking lessons) and I need to learn to bike competitively (in the spring). So how does one take on this challenge?
Step 1 – Select A Race
First, select a race. Julie and I have our sights set out on the Grimsby Iron Girl, which is in August of 2016. The exact 2016 date hasn’t yet been posted. The event sells out, so we’ll have to make sure to register early! This triathlon, designed for woman only, consists of:
500 Meter swim
20 Kilometer bike
5 Kilometer run
Step 2 -Learn To Swim
Both Julie and I are making strides with learning to swim. Ok, so we know how to get from point A to Point B, but probably not very well. We want to make sure we don’t drown during this event. I’m currently doing an endurance swim class Monday nights. I actually swam 1050 meters last Monday, so I’m doing very well so far! Julie has taken up swimming during her lunch hour twice a week. The lucky girl has access to an indoor pool very close to work. She’s being coached by a friend.
Step 3 – Learn To Bike Competitively
So, this is something I can start throughout the winter. I’m thinking of getting a membership to a local gym close to work so I can do some training over the winter, specifically for indoor running and the stationary bike! I don’t have an appropriate tri bike, but I do have access to one. Although I’m further ahead with biking than swimming, I think I still have lots of work to get me into shape for a competition!
Step 4 – Learn About The Transitions & Race Etiquette
I’ve been browsing Pinterest and Triathlon Blogs about transitions and race etiquette. There seems to be so much to learn. How do you find your belongings in that sea of bikes! Julie and I are open to lots of advice here!
Step 5 – Gather All The Equipment
I worry about whether or not it will require a lot of equipment to run a Triathlon! Do I really need a tri-suit or a wetsuit??? What kind of shoes do I need? I won’t need to worry about this till later though. Right now I have to worry about training in all three disciplines!
Step 6 – Put It All Together = Triathlon
Once you’ve trained for all three parts, figured out the transitions and race etiquette, gathered all the equipment, signed up for the race, you just need to put everything together! It sounds so exciting that it’s enough to get me motivated to start my training now! Julie and I will be chronicling our training and adventures! Tag along for this fun ride!