Saturday, January 11, 2014

This *is* a Triathlon Blog...isn't it?

Excuse me everyone.  Can I have your attention please?  I have an announcement to make!


I know, it's not much for some people, but it is for me.  And so, I need to start training.  I mean REALLY training.


For the past 3 years I've been doing sprint triathlons.  While they certainly aren't easy, I have been able to fudge my way through the swim with my wonderful wetsuit, and the 13 mile ride with my hybrid bike.  Here's the thing, though:

The Olympic distance is DOUBLE the sprint distance.



Let's break it down, shall we?

FIRST LEG



Sure, I could slide through the swim with my wetsuit, but it would take a very long time.  I would prefer to do it with a little oomph in my stroke so I am going to hit the pool and try to build up some strength in my back and shoulders.


SECOND LEG


On my hybrid that would be all quads...and booty.  For 26 miles.


Therefore, I need to buy a road bike that is my size.  And learn to ride it one-handed so I can drink from my water bottle while biking...without crashing.


As well as scratch. I can barely go 13 miles stifling an itch; I definitely can't go 26.

Finally, I'll have to have enough stamina to run 10k at the end.

It may take me until 2015 to be ready for an Olympic distance triathlon, but I am starting to train for it NOW.

After all, the name of this blog is Tri-ing to be Athletic.

If I didn't train for any more triathlons I might have to change my name to the Anxiety-Ridden Athlete. (My mom coined that phrase).


I can't imagine why.

And now, a mini-announcement:

Every once in a while you have heard me talk about FitFluential.  Well, they are all about the desire to be healthy.  I have learned from this community about blogging, about triathlons, about running, and have made a great number of friends! Consider joining me!  It's open to anyone around the world, it's free, and it only takes a second to join! (Blogging is not a requirement.)




Feel free to ask me questions, and click on FitFluential to learn more!

UPCOMING POSTS:  SEE JANE RUN 5K, RUNNING IN PARIS, THUMBS UP AWARDS

40 comments:

  1. Good luck! I can't wait to read about your training! (p.s. I think I am the ultimate anxiety ridden athlete)

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    1. Thanks Lea! We have so much in common :)

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  2. Ok, so is this the place to post goals for the upcoming year? If it is, then I plan on running the Army Run Half Marathon next September. Noting that I have not done any kind of running since the 5K at the last Army Run, I think I have some work to do!

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  3. Do road bikes come in kiddie size?

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  4. Sounds great! I'm not brave enough for that yet! I will say this: I tried to drink while riding during Dilettante for the first time ever, and was surprised to find that it was very easy! Have you tried it before? You might be surprised!

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    1. I can't take one hand off the handlebars without veering sideways, so I need to figure that out before I can successfully drink while riding. I think that worries me more than the actual distance of the race!

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  5. You will do great! fyi-they have bottle holders that fit on the handlebars so you can put a 'long' strawed bottle there. :)

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    1. Thanks Linda! I know, my husband bought one of those for his half iron...I kind of like the idea, though I worry I would end up with the straw up my nose.

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  6. Arrrghhh it lost my comment LOL
    I was saying that I'm also planning an Olympic distance triathlon this year (I've only done super sprints)
    It's going to be a year of heavy training :) but it should be fun. But you're not the only one that it's a big deal for. Scary but exciting :)
    Looks like we're in it together this year :) Good luck with it!

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    1. A super sprint? I haven't heard of that. We are totally going to be ready for this race!!

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  7. You can totally do an Olympic distance tri!!! I'll be moving up to Oly's this year as well - I was planning on a fall one, but a couple of my buddies talked me into doing one the end of April! Aack! But it'll be their first tri, so if they can do Oly for their first, I can make the jump from sprint to Oly. And SO CAN YOU!!!!

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    1. Woohoo!! April, eh?? That's impressive!

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  8. What an impressive goal! I think this is awesome!

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    1. Thanks Amy--goals are easy to set, it's meeting that that is tough!

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  9. Impressive and I can relate. I can only just about ride a road bike and there is no way I am riding one handed just yet. I will be following your training. Mine has not been good this week. Apart from meeting my intense new trainer. Training starts next week so today I am ........resting.

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  10. Looking forward to reading about your progress… I am embarking this year on my first Sprint Triathlon and am nervous about that!

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    1. Yeah!! I love when people break into new sports--sprint tris are fun!!

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  11. That's quite the goal. I wish you all the best in this endeavor. Also I assume a hybrid bike is one that is partially powered by gas (fart joke definitely intended).

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    1. Thanks Pickle! Yes of course that's what a hybrid means...but the bike is also a cross between a road bike and a mountain bike (I think!)

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  12. I can't wait to read all about your training for your Olympic distance tri!

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    1. Thanks! I anticipate many posts about it :)

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  13. You can do it! (But ditch the hybrid, that will be PAINFUL! I did a 75k ride on one and it was a disaster!).

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    1. I am ditching it for sure. I've already started bike shopping :D

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  14. I have no doubt you will do it & looking forward to reading about your training!!!! If I were younger, I would try more things but I did a lot when I was younger so now I am just trying to be older & healthy! :)

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    1. Thanks Jody! I didn't do much when I was younger, so it takes longer to learn these skills that I let lapse (like the swimming lessons I had when I was a kid). I know I may have a small window in which to do this, so I'm seeing how far I can get with the time that I have!

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  15. Love it! just found your blog through a RT from #runchat. I'd love to do a triathlon, but the town pool is not always reliable for training. May have to come up with a flexible plan or something...
    Looking forward to reading about your adventures in training!

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    1. Thanks Dawn! I joined the Y for their pool--plus it gives me options to do other workouts there and get more for my money :)

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  16. NOT A BIG DEAL?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? WTF - this is a huge deal! Wrapping your brain around doing this is 1/2 the battle! I hope one day you have a race in or around LA - I would totally come and root you ON!

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    1. I think it's a huge deal too--I just know too many people who do Ironmans (Ironmen?) As for LA, I would LOVE for you to come cheer me on! But also, maybe we could just hang out when I go down there?

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    2. Well yea! We can just CHILL and hang out too! ha ah ah ah! Races aren't necessary!

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    3. Cool. I'll let you know when I am down your way!

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  17. Listen, as someone who is not at all fit (much less can withstand running for more than five minutes), training for an Olympic Triathlon is indeed quite a goal to accomplish. Kudos to you!

    -Barb

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  18. WOW! I am always amazed when people can do this….

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  19. Nothing more to add, except:

    1. I am catching up on a massive blog backlog, and
    2. YAY! Go for it!!! [And I won't lie...I'm a little excited about the potential for hilarious pictures/posts that may come out of this!]

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    1. Somehow I'm just seeing your comment *now* Holly! 2015 is the year for the Oly tri--hilarious posts will ensue :)

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