First – thank you so much for all of the support after my big confession last week. I’m sure many of you are secretly thinking “not another one!” (and others not so secretly…) but I hope you’ll join me for the journey as I explore this whole new world of training and racing! I particularly enjoyed all of the “told ya so!” comments. Crazy to think that just a couple weeks ago I would have said “No way. Not me. Ever.” and look at me now. Did it happen this way for anyone else?
I mentioned that I had my eye on two triathlon events for this season: Toronto Island “Give-it-a-Tri” on August 27th and Wasaga Sprint on September 10th. I must have given the impression that I was trying to decide between the two because many of you offered your suggestions – the truth is, I am planning to do both. Surprised?
I’ve also decided to add an earlier duathlon to the mix to get some practice with transitions and test my cycling legs in a race situation.
I’ve been juggling the schedule around a bit and doing my best to merge my current marathon training plan and this newly added tri training. Running will undoubtedly remain the focus and for the most part I will incorporate swimming and cycling to accommodate that. Running is what I love and I still have some big goals to accomplish, so I am not ready to put it in the backseat just yet.
I do, however, realize that running is my strength and swimming/cycling are my weaknesses [for now] to work on, so it is a matter of deciding how much I am willing and able to devote to each in order to get the most out of this season. And I haven’t quite figured that part out yet.
What I do know is that I am having a lot of fun with it. I look forward to my swims, I love riding my bike and I can’t wait to start incorporating some brick workouts. What I also know is that this sport can get expensive. I’m trying my hardest not to go crazy buying everything out there, at least not before I “test the waters” – but you need a lot more than just a pair of running shoes in triathlon!
What’s your best advice for a noob? And for all the nay-sayers out there: never say never! 😉