Want to know the most physically challenging moment of last monthâ€™s sprint triathlon?
Hint: it wasnâ€™t the swim!
It was the transition from the swim to the bike. Actually, both transitions sucked, but T1 sucked the hardest. My legs were SHOT coming out of the swim, I was shaking from nerves, and generally, I felt weak.
My goal before my next triathlon (two weeks!) is to do more back-to-back workouts. Even if I donâ€™t do them â€˜in orderâ€™ (i.e. swim and then bike or bike and the run), I know it will be extremely beneficial for me. And, truthfully, I should be doing back-to-back workouts anyway â€“ Iâ€™m only really getting away with it because Iâ€™m doing shorter distance triathlons. If I was doing an Olympic, I definitely couldnâ€™t squeak my way through on single workouts!
Anyway â€“ so today I ran-swam-ran. This was also a good opportunity for me to practice transitions, since I was so slow in transition last time. I really want to improve my time, and making transitions faster is an easy way to do that.
I ran to the pool, swam 1,000 yards, and then ran home (probably 2.5 miles in total). Can I just say that Iâ€™m really falling in love with swimming? So ironic because I used to HATE the whole experience. But I find it so relaxing these days.
Of course, this meant that I had to carry all my gear with me! I find the key is tying the straps of a drawstring backpack around my waist. And bringing as little stuff as possible, of course!
Came home and munched on some dates + almond butter for a post-workout snack.
In order news, I had a temporary moment of insanity this morning and checked out upcoming Half Ironmans (a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, and half marathon). I looked at two that are at the end of October â€“ Beach 2 Battleship in Wilmington NC and the Half Ironman in Miami.
- Pros: Iâ€™ll be done with my book, which will free up time for training. Iâ€™m pretty sure a race of this distance will require a 1 â€“ 2 hour a day commitment. Iâ€™ll be able to say, â€œIâ€™m a Half Ironman,â€ which is pretty badass. Iâ€™ve done multiple half marathons and metric centuries, so Iâ€™m comfortable with the idea of running and biking those distances. And we might want to start a family in the next year, so if I want to do this, itâ€™s now or wait 2 â€“ 3 years.
- Cons: Um, hello â€“ 70.3 miles in total. Iâ€™ll have to turn my life over to training for two months. I might drown during the swim. Race entry is expensive ($215 to $300); plus weâ€™d pay for travel. A half marathon seems like a far way to run right now, even though Iâ€™ve run 13.1 miles more times than I can count. And most of all, Iâ€™m afraid I wonâ€™t make the 8-hour cut-off because it takes me at least 4.5 hours to bike a metric and 2.0 hours to run a half marathonâ€¦ and thatâ€™s when Iâ€™m doing the events individually.