So, I’ve never been someone to enter races; I enjoy exercise, but not in a competitive sense. In fact, the only race I have ever entered was a 5k nearly 7 years ago. Here I am now: 3 weeks away from doing my first ever sprint Triathlon!
I only decided to enter 6 weeks ago, although I have been thinking about trying one for a very long time. After I had my little girl, I experienced 15 months of sleep deprivation. To put it simply, I was no good for anything – let alone full-on training! But our sleep has improved, and I had the motivation to give it a go: my best friend’s little boy was diagnosed with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy one year ago. I wanted to do something to raise money and awareness – so here I am!
I am signed up for a 400m swim, 20k bike ride and 5k run … eek!
I must say I was not really prepared in the slightest, and I was probably a little naïve in terms of what I was getting myself into. I didn’t own a bike, goggles or cap; I had never even heard of the concept of a Brick Session; and I was running up to 3k on a good day (without being completely shattered).
Luckily, a lot of our clients are Triathletes; so, it was handy to pick their brains! I started off writing a plan that was sensible to fit around work and our little one (as well as my husband Marty’s training as he is doing the Birmingham Half marathon in October).
I am using a hybrid bike from our neighbour (thanks Gareth) – there’s no point in me spending mega money on my first one; I’ve bought a tri-suit and goggles for comfort and ease through the transitions, but, other than that, I didn’t see the need to look like the pros. It’s not like I’m going to be winning any medals!
I must admit, the thought of training 4-5 times a week seemed daunting, but I have actually really enjoyed the diversity. And I have really found my fitness improve in each discipline from week to week. Over the past 6 weeks, I have gone from only being able to swim 50m of front crawl before spluttering and nearly choking, to now doing over 400m without stopping; I am also running 5k at a comfortable pace now. But the bike (which I thought would be the easiest part of it) is still my biggest challenge. People keep telling me ‘it’s the bike –get a road bike’, and I know that is a part of it. But also, I actually think it’s just really hard, and it’s a completely different type of fitness!
Also, whoever thought up Brick Sessions are evil; I have done 4 so far, and they are so hard, my legs feel like they are cotton wool. Such a bizarre feeling! But I am enjoying it – honest!
So, pop back in 3 weeks and I will be adding an updated instalment (with a well-deserved Gin & Tonic in hand) of how it went – along with any tips I could give to anyone thinking of doing their first Triathlon.
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