Monthly Archives: May 2014

Triathlon training: Tri-ing not to drown, crash, or trip!

Since I registered for the triathlon, I have come up with many reasons this was a bad idea.

1.  I can’t swim

2. I am afraid to take my hands off of the bike handle bars

3. Running – I got that…or so I thought.

 snoopy tri

Swimming:  I have trouble putting my face in the water when I swim.  I have spent lots of time working on this skill.  I can now officially do something that resembles swimming (with my face in the water) for about 25 meters.  The problem – I have to swim 200 meters.  I am going to keep practicing and hopefully get better, but in the mean time, my solution is:  freestyle as long as I can – then switch up the stroke (side stroke, breast stroke, back stroke, etc.)  I have successfully traversed the water for 200m several times so at least I know I can do it.

Biking:  I can bike six miles…slowly.  I have a mountain bike so the bike portion is going to be slow in general.  The issue is I am afraid to take my hands off the handle bars.  In the past, when I needed to take a drink, I pulled the bike over and got water but this is not really and option on race day.  I have been practicing using my water bottle while on the bike and am proud to report that I have successfully achieved this task three whole times (which is three times more than last week).

Running:  Its only a mile – I have run 20 half marathons and 2 full marathons – no problem right?  Well, I have found that running right after getting off the bike is not as easy as one would think.  My run is not going to be as fast as I would have hoped.


My goal for this triathlon: Tri not to drown, Tri not to crash, Tri not to trip!

Tri-ing something new – My first triathlon

I have officially registered for the 7 Bridges Marathon and my first triathlon!  S#!% just got real!

I have talked about wanting to do a triathlon for a while and I finally broke down and registered for the Girls Tri-it-on sprint triathlon in June.  The only problem – I don’t really swim.


I made my first attempt at traversing through the water in a manner that puts life gards on edge swimming today.  The good news – I can drag myself through the water for 200 meters.  The bad news – I SUCK!  It only took 15 minutes and two 30 second breaks.  whomp…whomp…whomp.

I have less than a month to get better at it.  Its a good think I have the bike and run part down…well, if I can learn to take my hand off the handlebars long enough to get my water bottle…baby steps, right?