I have done a few triathlons. My first one was an Olympic distance and I did it in the summer of 2007 in Boulder, Colorado. Since then I have done several different variations of triathlons. I have done another almost Olympic distance triathlon, a half iron man and a 6 and 12-hour adventure race.
Adventure racing is similar to triathlons but you have a 2 or 4 person team that you have to stay with and the added challenge of navigation is included. The swimming is replaced with kayaking, the road biking is replaced with mountain biking, the running is replaced with trail running and there are other fun outdoor activities sprinkled in. In the 12-hour race I did we got to rappel, ride an alpine slide and go caving. With that being said I have some experience but I am by no means an expert at triathloning.
As I have mentioned in my previous post, I am currently training for an Xterra Triathlon, which is kind of a cross between a regular triathlon and an adventure race. There is no navigation component but you get to trail run and mountain bike instead of road run and bike. Which is kind of perfect for me because I am horrible with the navigation piece and I enjoy mountain biking and trail running over the road biking and running.
I have found that when training for events, it is good to start early but give yourself breaks or cross train with other activities so that you don’t burn out with the training. My Xterra triathlon is going to be at the beginning of August and I have already started training but I took a week off in February because I needed a break from the routine and I frequently substitute snowboarding or snowshoeing for workouts to change things up. Because my motivation for doing these events is to have fun, challenge myself and stay in shape – with more of an emphasis on having fun and challenging myself. I have tried to come up with workout plans without an end event in mind and I never end up following through. I think it is because I have commitment to doing the event. If my goal is to ‘stay in shape’ solely there is no climax and it is a never-ending process to ‘stay in shape’ which is very de-motivating for me.
The training book that I use to get workout plans is called “Essential Week-by-Week Training Guide: Plans, Scheduling Tips, and Workout Goals for Triathletes for All Levels” by Matt Fitzgerald. I have looked at several books and cruised the Internet and I like this book the most. It includes workout plans from a sprint triathlon all the way to a full-blown Iron Man with 7 levels of training intensity for all the distances. It also has heavy and light ‘off season’ training workout plans which is what I am doing right now since the triathlon I am doing is months and months away. So right now I am ‘suppose’ to be working out 6 days a week. I am doing one swim, bike and run and on the other days I am doing strength and flexibility training.
Current weight: 140.5
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I really like that it is important to you that the training and the events be fun too. Life is short, make sure that you are enjoying how you spend your time.