I’m training for a triathlon!

Yes, you read that correctly. I am training for a triathlon.  Me, the person who has never run in her life.  (Ok, there was that one time I was trying to catch a train in Germany with 3 other people and two children, but the details are really fuzzy and I’m pretty sure I lost consciousness so it doesn’t count.)  Notice I didn’t say WHEN I’d be doing the triathlon, but I am going to start training.  I”ve already recruited one victim friend, yay Kim!!! and I’m hoping that I can entice some others…any takers?  If you want to sign on to just do the training, that’s ok too.

There is a sprint distance (an all woman event) in the summer, which might be doable, but realistically, I am looking at next fall or possibly the following summer.  I need to get in serious shape before, and of course for me that means visiting at least 45 doctors for clearance.  I found a good resource online, but I’m still looking for other training plans and information.  Please share if you know of any.

There are many levels of triathlons — in case you don’t know much about them (I didn’t) here’s the dirt:

Sprint

Olympic

1/2 Ironman

Full Ironman

Swim

.5 mile

.93 mile

1.2 miles

2.4 miles

Bike

13 miles

24.8 miles

56 miles

112 miles

Run

3.2 miles

6.2 miles

13.1 miles

26.2 miles

So the sprint distance will be my first foray into the world of triathlons.  At. Some. Point.  The first thing I need to do is set a training plan (and stick to it as much as possible). I’m working on setting that schedule soon.  What is it they say about habits?  They take 21 days to set?  That seems like a long time to me.  I was kind of hoping that it would just happen over a week, but I don’t think I’m that lucky.

The next thing I need to do is buy a good bike. I have some time to think about this, since I won’t be biking outside in the winter (me + shoes + ice = bad, I can’t imagine me + bike + ice).  The fitness center I go to has a good selection of treadmills, bikes and the devil incarnate aka the elliptical.  (HOW?? WHY??) so I will be able to use the bikes there as well as the pool.  We have a treadmill at home that’s actually being used as something other than a cat bed, so as long as I can keep that up, I’ll be ok.  The problem is that I prefer to exercise in the morning, at least the treadmill part, but it’s been so cold in the morning (and I’ve been up way too late (reading, watching tv, blogging, chatting, working on secret photo projects) that I haven’t been walking in the mornings.

Ok, I’m going to get some spaghetti sauce going in the CrockPot and then we’re heading out with Jason to see the new Bond movie!

Ciao!

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4 Responses to I’m training for a triathlon!

  1. Victim, hehe

    We totally need a night out this month, maybe between Christmas and New Years before we start training. Or a night in with a big pot of psgetti.

    I want an elliptical machine. They make my butt muscles feel funny!

  2. Chris says:

    Definitely. Let’s plan something for that week. We can do a night out AND a night in with spaghetti. I’ll be home, so I can go all out for dinner. I’ve been working on setting a training schedule…but it’s all on paper. Does that count?? 🙂

  3. Caroline says:

    Alright, I’ll do it! Seriously it has always been one of my secret life goals to do a triathlon! The swimming and biking parts I can do without training (got quite a bit of both in my past) but the running part … at this point I can’t even run half the length of my drive way! Granted it’s pretty long, but still 😦 Are you in charge of keeping track of our progress??

    • Chris says:

      really? ok, I will work on our schedule this weekend. I need to get in touch with my other friend and we’ll start planning our attack! I’m excited about this and needed a kick in the pants, too 🙂

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