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Time To Tri

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a fantastic week and have a long weekend due to MLK Day on Monday!

Thank you all so much for your feedback and comments on last night’s post! I have to admit, I am a little scared and leery to possibly transition into a lighter running shoe, but you all have given me some peace of mind.

I promised last night that things were about to “get fun” around here. Well…more or less fun for me, but if you like to follow people training for races, then I suppose this will be fun.

Or at least interesting… ;)

My big fitness goal for 2012 is to complete a triathlon. It is different, definitely takes me out of my comfort zone, and I believe will make me a better athlete.

I have gone back and forth about training for a triathlon or scrapping the goal for now and going “full speed ahead” into training for another half-marathon. I’ve decided to do the former.

So next week, I will start a two week “pre-training” training for my first triathlon. I know that I can run and I am fairly comfortable on the bike… I just need to get over my fear of swimming and just dive in.

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After two weeks of pre-training, I will go into an 8-week training for my first sprint triathlon! I haven’t signed up yet, but I am looking at the HITS Triathlon Series Sprint Triathlon on March 24th.

I would like to do this event because it is in Ocala, which is about two hours south of Jacksonville AND less than an hour from my hometown, so hopefully my parents can come support me. ;)

I’ll admit that I am pretty clueless when it comes to triathlons since I’ve never done one. But I’ve been scouring all across the Internet, blogs, etc for training plans, tips, and workouts. They are all pretty similar, with slight variations.

For now, I have a skeleton schedule of what workouts I plan to do every week:

  • Strength Training- 2 days
  • Run- 3-4 days, depending on PT recommendations (possibly subbing one day of running for water running)- lower mileage!
  • I think that I will more than likely be dropping down to 3 days of running, but I’ll see how it goes*
  • Bike- 2 days
  • Swim- 2 days
  • Bricks- 2 days, for now
  • Rest- at least 1 day, more if I need it

Depending on what the physical therapist says, I would really like to still have a long run, as I have a few longer distance running races I would like to do (but not for time) including the 26.2 With Donna Half-Marathon on February 12th and Gasparilla (15K, 5K, and Half-Marathon) on March 3-4th.

So I suppose that is the plan, if you can call it one. It is a bit messy and vague right now, but over the next two weeks, I will formulate a more concrete and strict plan.

I am hoping that by reducing my running mileage and adding in low-weight bearing cardio that I will allow my body to recover, become stronger, and make me a better athlete.

Who knows, maybe I’ll end up being halfway decent at this triathlon thing? Maybe this will be the racing redemption I am looking for?

The Singing Triathlete… coming Spring 2012!

Have any tips/ advice/ training plans for me or others who would like to do a triathlon?

 

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8 Responses to Time To Tri

  1. I did two sprints last summer. I def had a fear of the swim and it ended up being my favorite part. I got a package of 6 swimming lessons and was taught proper form. Probably didn’t need more than 2, but it was good for the instructor to work me out and tell me
    How to tweak my form. I also highly recommend doing a swim clinic outdoors before race day. I did one at a lake that was an hour or 2
    Lecture (how to sight, what to do in certain situations, tips, etc) then an hour or so in the water practicing circling, siting, and doing a few practice laps. Well worth the 40$ to not freak out in open water for the first time.

    • Ooo, I will definitely have to look for something like that! I’m really scared of the open water swim, especially living in Florida where we have gators in lakes!

      Thanks for this tip!

  2. I’ve never done a triathlon but have always wanted to! I think I could handle the bike part but I’m a terrible swimmer! Can’t wait to follow your training!

  3. I dont know anything about triathlon’s…but I do know about training as a full time athlete! Stay fueled, stay rested, be kind to yourself! :D

    goodluck with it all!!
    best,
    gc

  4. Yay! I have the training plans from my two sprints ad Olympic, if you want to take a look at them. :) I don’t have any general advice except to practice transitions and have fun! If you have any questions along the way, feel free to ask. I’m not an expert for sure, but I’m an expert at being new at things. :P

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