Yesterday, I watched my sister compete in her first ever Olympic triathlon. It was such a fun experience to be a part of as I cheered on all the competitors. Watching the race yesterday made me want to push myself to try to do a triathlon, especially since I have started running.
Feeling motivated, I have decided to sign up for my first ever triathlon! I’m doing the Commonwealth Sports Medicine Pink Power Triathlon. It’s not an Olympic like my sister’s, only a Sprint but it will still be a rewarding experience. The race is August 18th, which is only 54 short days away so I have quite a task at hand to prepare for it. It will also be my first race that I will be doing without my hubby- sad face 🙁 but he will be in charge of holding my pump while I swim :).
In case you don’t know what a sprint triathlon includes, it’s a 400 meter swim (some are 750M or 800M), an 11 mile bike ride (some are 12 or 13 miles) and a 5k (3.1 miles) run. An Olympic triathlon is 1.5 k swim (0.93 miles), 25 (or 26) mile bike ride, and a 10k (6.2 miles) run. There are also two other triathlons-Half Ironman and Ironman which are even crazier. Half Ironman is 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1mile run and Ironman is double that-2.4 mile swim, 110 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run-YIKES!
August 18th is less than 8 weeks away. I’ve been looking for training plans online to prepare for the race and they are all at least 8 week programs so I guess I will be beginning yesterday ;-). I have been running so I’m not too scared about running a 5k, but I haven’t swam in quite a while, still getting over the fear of wearing my CGM sensor in the pool, and while my husband gave me an awesome bike as a birthday present last year, I have probably only biked twice in the last ten years. So I really need to step up my training for the bike and swim portions.
I have been researching training plans and they are pretty varied in terms of what to do. Some plans have you doing either a run and a swim on one day or a run and a bike ride the same day or only have you doing one sport per day. I’m going to try creating my own plan. I have already planned to run 3 miles on Tuesdays, 2 miles on Thursdays and 4 miles on Saturdays (although I haven’t been running the last three weeks). So I am going to stick to that “routine” but switch it up by 1 day (M,W instead of T,R) and just incorporate swimming and biking. Here is my plan:
Mondays-Run 3 miles and Swim
Wednesdays-Run 2 miles and swim
Each week I plan on increasing swimming and biking distances and maybe the week or two before the actual race I will try to do all three sports together. I’m not sure if this is a great plan or not. I may even switch it up some. I will also have to pay close attention to how swimming and biking affect my blood sugars. Since swimming and biking are things I have not done much of recently, I have no idea how they will affect my blood sugar.
I also have the added disadvantage of traveling for three weeks in July so that will alter my training plan a lot. Hopefully, I will still be able to train while I’m away. This will be my first ever triathlon but hopefully having trained and ran a 10k and 8k race in the past few months will aid in my preparation for the tri. Here’s hoping!