“I’m going to do a Triathlon in 2016!” right I have said it, it’s out there, I cannot take it back! So I’m in my 41st year, since my 38th Birthday I have taken up running competed in 5, 10kms half and a full marathon both on trail and road and in the day and at night apart from training harder and trying to get faster I want a new challenge! I have been doing several stints hosting @UKTriChat of late and the seed has been well and truly sowed. It can’t be that hard to switch from just running to Tri? I can ride a bike and swim; it shouldn’t be that hard should it?
So I have said it, now I have to concur it! After a failed attempted at a Duathlon in November due to high winds I think I just need to go for it but it does fill me with some dread. Triathlon is a whole new world, I feel fairly happy and comfortable talking running now and with the experiences I have gained I a short time I feel happy to support others and now call on the same from seasoned Triathletes.
I started my journey to Tri by looking at my options, like running there seems to be lots! Pool, lake and sea swims, Trail, road, track even indoor bike and runs not to mention the many choices of distance! So where do I start? At this stage I’m not truly sure (advice please readers) I have seen lots of statements on races ‘Ideal for novices’ but am I a novice? Should I push myself both in challenge and distance?
Also there seems to be so much kit involved! Running is fairly easy: Trainers, gym kit.. GO. But it’s completely different in Triathlon – Bike, Helmet, shoes, tri suit – one piece or shorts and top, Wetsuit, goggles. I’m hoping the team at wiggle will be able to help me to get the kit that is right for me, not the cheapest, shiniest or trendiest but kit that is right for my level of experience and need.
Then I need to start to look at fitting in 3 types of training. I can no longer fit in runs around the family and work but need to get laps in the pool and miles on the bike alongside the distance in my trainers. It’s not going to be easy but I’ve said it, I cannot go back on it now.
Stage 1 is to get back in the pool!!