Last night I went out on a limb and attended the call out meeting for people wanting to join the Runners Forum Triathlon team. My friend Natasha was so kind to join me because I hate going places by myself when I know there is going to be a group of people! Yes even me the seemingly over chatty person. We went just to feel out the situation and see what kind of requirements they had, what commitment we’d need to make, and how much training was invovled. The original call out wanted us to commit to 4 triathlons, which for an individual who only focuses on triathlete specific races this would probably be fine. For me I know I have other race goals in mind as well, I have a half marathon on the calendar, a full, and a 163 mile RAIN ride that I’ll be training for as well. I talked to them about my hesitation in terms of 4 triathlons and they agreed to let me join anyway, yay! My plan is at least 2. I’d like to attempt the 4 they are asking if I feel like I can fit it in and if my husband will let me get away with signing up for so many races!
The benefits of being a part of this team are numerous. For starters it will get my butt motivated. I haven’t stepped foot in a pool for exercise since I was pregnant…that
is until this morning. I was able to get a quick swim in due to some late afternoon meetings that allowed me to come in later. I swam 30 laps (750 yards) so it’s a start! There will be several training runs, rides, and hopefully open water swims to participate in with the team. I’m hoping someone that is similar in pace will also join because I saw several men who I can guarantee I won’t be keeping up with!
So I have my sites set on 1 or more of the Tri Indy Series races and I will for sure be racing the Go Girl Triathlon in August which previously was the only sprint triathlon I’d ever completed in! Oh and did I mention I was also 6 weeks pregnant at the time?! There is only room for improvement right? My weakest link is and probably always will be swimming.
I’m not a huge fan of swimming, for sport. I’m more of the lay on a raft in the ocean type. I mean who wouldn’t want to jump in a chilly gym pool at the ass crack of dawn when it is negative nothing outside (if you are from Indy you know what negative nothing feels like right now). Getting out of my toasty bed and putting on a slightly too tight swim suit is not on my priority list. Also, goggles and swim cap, not sexy and not comfy. Just saying. It’s clearly my least favorite sport but I also like a good challenge so… I find myself in the world of srpint triathlons. I will do just fine on the running and biking portion as long as I incorporate a few brick workouts in here or there. I was amazed at how heavy you legs feel when you jump off that bike and start running hence the term BRICK.
I will keep you all posted on my progress. I will probably also complain A LOT about swimming…until it gets warm at least. So you’ve been warned.
Have you ever considered doing a triathlon? Why did you or didn’t you go for it?