Ok, triathlon buddies: even though I haven't yet filed grades, my 15-week training has officially begun.
I'm doing a sprint-triathlon. . .
1/3 mi swim
14.5 mi bike
3 mi run
. . . on Sun. Aug 19, so that feels like a comfortable period of time to get my pathetic self back into shape. Yesterday's inaugural workout was pretty sad -- 2.5 miles of running / walking that took about 30 min. and ended with a lot of walking on the treadmill -- but at least I did the 30 minutes! And I'm sore today but haven't hurt anything.
There is another much more challenging Aqua-Bike event (1 mi ocean swim ~ 25 mi bike) in September that I was really hoping to try this year. But that means coughing up another $100 to register, and the event site is 20 miles away, so that means taking out a few days to drive up and train the bike course and also test out the ocean in that area.
I am hereby committing to a real run workout on Mon (minimum 38 min), and then a swim workout on both Tue. and Weds (since I'll be on campus and can swim for free).
Who else is happily eyeing the calendar for an event this summer -- or just thinking about trying this out for the first time? Lots of friendly and useful advice here -- some of it may even come from me since I'm doing my third event this summer -- and I am *not* a young cat!
So, you have three months or more and your tri run is 3 miles. You don't need to run 2.5 TODAY. Work your way up slowly. Walk/run is a great idea since many folks, even great runners, end up doing some walking in a tri run. But, I know you already know these things. :o)
I'm doing an Olympic distance (1,000 yard swim, 28 mile bike, 6 mile run) in mid-June. Of course, with the plantar fasciitis, running is seeming more and more unlikely (MRI is Friday; I've already had two steroid injections) so I'm hoping to at least be able to walk the run (which is iffy but I'm hoping...). Swimming and biking are going mostly fine, at least.
Next weekend I'm doing a "practice" triathlon at the same location as my real one. Since this is a TNT event to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the "team" is getting together for the weekend to preview the course. Since I don't live anywhere near the team, this will be my first time to meet any of these folks (no TNT triathlon organization in my local area, so I'm doing it with another state/regional group). But, at least the course won't be a total surprise in June!
I'm not sure what will happen if I can't at least walk the run in June. I suppose if I can't, I can't and I'l just swim and bike... It's very discouraging as I worked into my walk/run this year (starting January 1) ever so slowly and was up to about 4 miles walk/run (in late March) when the PF inflammation freaked out. This is my first time with PF.
I love the idea of an AquaBike, tuxedo cat, for obvious reasons
and I've done one before (half iron distance about 6 or 7 years go) but I'm a chicken when it comes to ocean swimming. I worry I'll swallow too much salt water or get pounded by the waves or something. I should suck it up and try one in the ocean someday, though.
Since running (and even serious walking) are off the table for the moment, I'm focusing mostly on the bike and secondarily on the swim. I biked 300 miles last month and am hoping for a bit more this month. I'm very slow, but I do like to get some miles in when I can. Many of my rides on the hybrid in the neighborhoods since I don't have anyone as slow as I am to ride in the hinterlands with me on the road bike.
I have not committed to any other events yet. Partly, I'm waiting to see what happens with the foot. Partly, I just don't want to think that far ahead. I would like to do a longer AquaBike in the early Fall, though, if I can find one not too far away.
I did swim 500 yards as part of a relay in an indoor triathlon a few months ago. It was hilarious as I hadn't planned to participate but one of my swimming friends got sick and her biking friend called me the night before at 10pm and begged me to come do the swim at 830 the next morning (so she wouldn't have to swim as well as bike). I had done a hard swim workout that afternoon, then a bike ride, then ate a huge pile of Mexican food... not ideal pre-race prep! It was funny. But, I had fun and was only about 30 seconds slower than I should have been. And, our relay wasn't last...
PS. I haven't filed grades either, but they are due Tuesday at noon.