Time to Start Thinking About Doing A Triathlon

Seriously contemplating training for a triathlon. So serious in my contemplation that I am selling my beloved spinning bike for a trainer for my road bike. The one I’m deciding on a very small, local, sprint distance triathlon.

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So looking at several factors… One, training. Two, cost. Three, time.

Training… This is what the beginner schedule worked out to tentatively…
Sunday: Run
Monday: Bik
Tuesday: Swim
Wednesday: Bike
Thursday: Run
Friday: Swim
Saturday: Rest/Races/Family Time

Cost… Not as horrible as I had imagined, at least initially…
Additional gym membership (for swimming), if I go alone, $25/month
Pool Buoy $14
Bike Trainer $70
Bike Cycolcomputer (for using bike inside) $12
Bike Tires (clincher tires and to replace my mountain bike tires) $110
Bike Shoes & Clips $100
Bike tool kit $13
Tri-Suit $93
Transition Towel $25
(And possibly, if I love the first one, a wet suit for the open water triathlon in September)

Time… This seems to be a little more difficult… Maintaining CrossFit, keeping up with my girls, not neglecting my husband, and working…

Sunday, afternoon running group. No problem.
Monday, CrossFit, work from 8am-3:30pm, girls CrossFit, bike trainer at home until Bill gets home. Family time.
Tuesday, CrossFit, work from 8am-5pm, swim one hour for lunch. Home at normal time. Family time.
Wednesday, CrossFit, work from 8am-3:30pm, girls CrossFit, bike trainer at home until Bill gets home. Family time.
Thursday, CrossFit, work from 8am-4pm, running group. Home around the time Bill arrives. Family time.
Friday, CrossFit, work from 8am-5pm, swim one hour for lunch. Home at normal time. Family time.
Saturday, Rest/Races/Family Time

CrossFit maintained ❌
Girls & husband effected as little as possible ❌
Work, 37.5 hours (more than I’m working now actually, ha…) ❌

Now… Just to get back into swimming and not feel like I’m drowning every time… So any triathletes out there, any advice would be appreciated!!

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And this little killer was today’s CrossFit WOD. πŸ™‚ I heart CrossFit Rove.

6 thoughts on “Time to Start Thinking About Doing A Triathlon

  1. Hi. Best advice I can give – at least one full 24 hour block no training per week, one time brick swim+bike & one time brick bike+run (it’s the transitions that will feel the most challenging NOT the distances), for variety make workouts about speed or endurance or technique, decide right now if you will race with food/drink so you learn what makes you puke, mark a next race on your calendar (takes the pressure off to make this one ‘perfect’), sleep enough and most of all have fun –> your kids are learning from everything that you do so show that doing the training and finishing makes you happy no matter what the finish time will be.

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  2. That’s awesome! For swimming, make sure you’re doing drills and short stuff rather than just getting in and swimming (it’s not like running). Technique is more important than fitness in the pool, so if you can get some pointers from friends/fellow swimmers/swim coach it would really help, but work on your short speed before you work on endurance (again, opposite of running) and I’m sure you’ll get faster. You go girl!!
    – Kim @ Two Years to Kona and fellow SPA

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