:: Trumpet Fanfare ::
There haven’t been many updates since my
huge announcement snarky blog post about deciding to join the triathlon scene. I’ve been swimming twice a week, but nothing worth reporting. That’s probably because I’m still “training” for the Austin Marathon coming up
in mid-February. Well, it’s time to put my money where
the race registration my mouth is. I’m all signed up for my first triathlon!
Now, before you get all excited, I should give you some details. First, as you can see in the picture, it’s called the “Rookie Triathlon“, which should tip you off that it isn’t exactly extreme.
Let’s just say that when it comes to official triathlon distances, the “Sprint” is the shortest, and this is a lot shorter. Even less-extreme, there is a
n00b rookie division for those competitors who have never done a triathlon before (like me!).
So here’s what we’re dealing with: a 300m swim, 11.2 mile bike, and 2 mile run. Pssh. You might be asking your computer screen why I’m signed up for this shorty considering all my amazing awesomeness*. Well, I’m mildly confident in my swimming, can surely get through the bike, and running two miles is a given. Where I have no experience is transitioning between them. There haven’t been many opportunities in my brief time in the pool to immediately jump out of the water and hop on my bike. Same goes for discarding my bike and starting to run.
The race is in mid-April, so I have plenty of time to get ready. I’m considering it a learning opportunity to prepare me for my real goal later this year. Once this Austin Marathon is behind me (and the Cap10K and the 3M Half…) I’ll be switching gears to building my tri base. And don’t fret, I’ll keep you updated, as I’m sure you’re dying to find out how it all pans out.
p>*sometimes referred to as awesome amazingness.