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Me – A Triathlete?

Dec 13, 2006 |

As a semi-normal 20-year-old guy, I try to keep in reasonable shape. I spent a lot of time this last summer sprinting and jogging. I dislike running in the cold, so as the northeastern winter came I decided to lap swim in the town pool on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, the only two mornings it opens to the public

Not only do I happen to live with my brother-in-law Dan (and my sister- his wife – and their baby girl Mikaela – my niece), but also he happens to work as a swim coach. He comes down with me and coaches me by writing my swim workouts and providing motivation. From what he tells me, when he finds his swimsuit or buys a new one, he plans to start swimming on Tuesdays and Thursdays too.

The other day, on our way back home from the pool, he suggested something that would have probably never crossed my mind. He asked me if I wanted to do some triathlons, after extensive training of course.

In case you don’t know, a triathlon is an athletic event involving swimming, cycling and running, in that order. In most modern triathlons, these events are placed end-to-end in immediate sequence and a competitor’s official time includes the time required to transition between the individual legs of the race, including any time used for changing shoes and clothes.

I like the idea. I’m going to do it.

I’m completely new to triathlons, in that I’ve never even seen one. I know how to run, bike, and swim, but not with expertise. My endurance needs a whole lot of work.

It’s going to be a long hard road to become a bona fide triathelete. I’ve got a ton of constant training and research to do. I started this blog so I can share what I learn as I learn it and share my story as it develops.

Posted in: Becoming A Triathlete, My Triathlon Story

4 Responses

  1. Sounds like your well motivated for this one. Saw your add on the uk.running news group on google so thought I’d have a read.

    I’ll be following your story so keep it interesting :)

    I have only just started running (2 months ago) and plan my first 10K race in feb, so it’ll be good to follow someone who is training up to goals and tagets to.

    Keep it up


  2. Is it Scott?

    Well, good luck to you on your new endeavor! I got into triathlons in my 20s too and am now 30 and have done 3 the last year. They are so fun, I can’t even tell you. The training is the hardest part and then you get to race day and it all falls in to place and you find that you don’t want it to end.

    My only suggestion to you is to really look in to your nutrition. As you stated, you are a vegan, but will you be getting all the necessary proteins and vitamins to train at such an intensity? It is one thing to have your nutrition at one level as a semi-active person and completely different when you are in training, especially for a tri. It’s intense and if you aren’t nutritioned properly, you’ll bonk.

    Have fun and good luck! It’s the best!

  3. Hey there , Scott. My first triathlon , I was 48.
    I won a gold medal , since I was the only female
    in age category I joined : 800M swim , 4 Km bike
    and 2 Km run. At 50 , I joined an all-female
    adventure race, which was even better than
    S-X! My partner, a first-timer, and I finished
    in 9 hrs! My 13 year old son has more
    competitions to his life since he has began
    swimming competively since 7 years old, and
    triathlons and aquathlons since 3 years
    now. Good luck in your youthful energies!

  4. Best wishes, Scott.

    It’s amazing what you can achieve if you set your mind to it. I did my first tri and my first Du last year and it was great, albeit a little slower than I hoped.

    It’s true that you will get better with lots of research on technique and may get faster with better equipment. But there’s only so much reading and preparing you can do. Just get out there and do it.

    And doing it by yourself won’t cut it. I found when I trained alone I just got slower and slower. It is easy to go slowly, it doesn’t hurt as much!

    Go out, run with friends, swim with buddies, or some grannies – the one’s I swim with are smokin’ fast! Join a spin class. Do some charity runs. All of it will help you get ready for your first event. That event will both terrify you and thrill you.

    It’ll be the best thing you ever did. Just don’t go crazy buying everything before you need it.

    I’m curious to see what you come up with from the Vegan angle. I’m tired of hearing that “you can only get the protein and minerals you need from a good steak.