2019 I’m doing it again – I’m tri-ing all the things – Swimming . Biking . Running.
I completed my first sprint distance triathlon in 2010. The Ramblin’ Rose triathlon series is a women-only sprint distance triathlon here in the Carolinas. The 200 yard swim is in a pool. The 8 mile bike ride is open road. The 2 mile run is just what it says it is – a long 2 miles after your exhausted and your legs are lead.
I’ll volunteer that running is my nemesis. I run/walk now and that’s been an evolution. I want to be a runner. The kind of runner I was pre-kids where I could go out and run 7 miles with no walking, enjoying the day. I was slow, but I felt accomplished. Fast forward 2 kids, a full-time job and a lot of life later – I run/walk and can do that 4-5 miles, but it’s different. It’s frustrating. I remember every outing what it was like to take off with just my thoughts and some water and knew my run would be great. I’ve not gotten back to that same level of endurance and running just isn’t satisfying any more. I’m working it out and hope to one day be back to running 5+ miles on a whim. But…..
I don’t quit. Instead of wallowing in the self-loathing of not being what I consider to be “a runner” I decided to swim and bike too. All 3 in the same day. I’m no fish, but I love swimming laps. There’s something distracting about the monotony of laps in the pool. I LOVE my bike. I love everything about riding my bike. Well, except for traffic I share the road with. Now that I’m a mom, there’s this constant fear of being hit by a car and leaving my kids behind or making life harder with an injury – but alas – I LOVE LOVE LOVE my bike and I feel that’s my strongest area out of this trinity.
So, in 2010 I finished the Ramblin Rose Tri (Rock Hill, SC) in 1 hour 15 minutes. I didn’t come back to the triathlon scene until 2017. I completed the South Charlotte course which is hosted by our local YMCA and I took 12 minutes off my 2010 time. I was so proud of myself and there was something very special about 2 small heathens…I mean my beautiful children…cheering me on at the finish line with signs and hugs. Being a positive example for my kids is deeply important to me and that’s the topic of another blog post, but I was proud of myself and I was so happy they were there to see me accomplish something like that.
2019 I’m coming back and my goal is to finish the entire thing in under 1 hour. Training started this week. Here’s my 12 week training plan:
|1||Bike 5 miles||30 min walk/run||300 yard swim||30 min walk/run||300 yard swim||Bike 5 miles||Rest|
|2||Bike 8 miles||30 min walk/run||400 yard swim||30 min walk/run||400 yard swim||Bike 8 miles||Rest|
|3||Bike 10 miles||30 min walk/run||2 x400 yard swim||30 min walk/run||2 x400 yard swim||Bike 10 miles||Rest|
|4||30 min walk/run||30 min walk/run||Rest|
|5||Bike 12 miles||45 min walk/run||2 x500 yard swim||45 min walk/run||2 x500 yard swim||Bike 12 miles||Rest|
|6||Bike 12 miles||45 min walk/run||2 x500 yard swim||45 min walk/run||2 x500 yard swim||Bike 12 miles||Rest|
|7||Bike 12 miles||60 min walk/run||2 x500 yard swim||60 min walk/run||2 x500 yard swim||Bike 12 miles||Rest|
|8||30 min walk/run||30 min walk/run||Rest|
|9||Bike 15 miles||45 min walk/run||2 x700 yard swim||45 min walk/run||2 x700 yard swim||Bike 15 miles||Rest|
|10||Bike 18 miles||60 min walk/run||2 x800 yard swim||60 min walk/run||2 x800 yard swim||Bike 18 miles||Rest|
|11||Bike 15 miles||60 min walk/run||2 x800 yard swim||60 min walk/run||2 x800 yard swim||Bike 15 miles||Rest|
|12||Bike 45 min||30 min walk/run||500 yard swim||30 min walk/run||500 yard swim||Bike 30 min||RACE DAY|
This training plan is designed to allow me to take it slow getting in the work to meet my goal. I also purposefully added extra of everything so that in my workouts I know what it’s like to ride 15+ miles which on race day will make the 8 miles seem manageable. [Aside: I never understand the marathon training plans that top out at 18 miles or 20 miles. I think to myself there are 6 more miles your body knows nothing about.]
So this is me. Tri-ing to live my best life in 2019 and I’m really looking forward to this challenge.