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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.