#beaTRYathletecontest: Deciding to Register for my First Triathlon

The expert in anything was once a beginner.

Two years ago I told myself I wanted to do a triathlon.  I dug out my old swimming gear, borrowed a triathlon bike from a friend, and even registered for a triathlon that was about 9 months out.  My triathlon date got closer and closer and while I was swimming and cycling here and there, I never got serious about training.  I wasn't the swimmer I used to be when I was swimming competitively:  my stroke form was off, and my breathing was heavy and labored.  I wasn't great at cycling either, and often got discouraged by my lack of balance on a triathlon bike.  I let my fear for the unknown become greater than willingness to be a beginner.  So my triathlon date came and I did not end up participating.  I continued to do what I knew I was good at: run. I ran two more full marathons, and 5 more half marathons after that.  So I asked myself again, "What's next?!"

It wasn't until vitaminwater asked me to find out what it means to be a TRYathlete, that I decided to commit to start training for my first triathlon.  I decided to start off easy with a triathlon sprint, then possibly do a classic distance later in the year.  I registered for the Pasadena Triathlon on March 17, 2017.  Since this is my first triathlon, I've decided to start training now.

Here is my first 12 weeks of training:
Week:
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Total
1
Swim-15
Off
Bike-35
Run-20
Swim-30
Off
Bike-40
160
Run-20
2
Swim-20
Off
Bike-35
Run-20
Swim-30
Off
Bike-45
175
Run-25
3
Swim-20
Off
Bike-30
Run-25
Swim-35
Off
Bike-45
180
Run-25
4
Swim-20
Off
Run-25
Swim-25
Bike-45
Off
Run-30
175
Bike-30
5
Swim-25
Off
Run-25
Run-30
Swim-30
Off
Bike-45
185
Bike-30
6
Run-15
Off
Bike-25
Run-15
Bike-25
Off
Swim-20
100
REST Wk.
7
Run-15
Off
Bike-30
Bike-25
Run-20
Off
Swim-25
115
Open Water
8
Swim-25
Off
Run-35
Bike-50
Swim-30
Off
Run-35
210
Bike-35
9
Swim-25
Off
Run-25
Swim-30
Bike-35
Off
Run-35
205
Bike-35
Run-20
10
Swim-30
Off
Bike-45
Run-45
Swim-35
Off
Bike-60
245
Run-30
11
Swim-20
Off
Run-25
Bike-35
Swim-20
Off
Bike-55
215
Bike-30
Run-30
12
Swim-20
Off
Off
Run-30
Bike-45
Off
Swim-20
115
Open Water

I decided to train with time instead of distance for the first 12 weeks since it takes a lot of pressure off of completing a certain amount of miles/meters.  (I am a beginner after all!)  I'm on week 3 now and I'm not out of breath in the pool.  Additionally, I'm starting to feel more comfortable on my bike (though sometimes I cheat by doing my "cycling" time in a spin class).

But more than improvement in the pool and on a bike, trying something new and challenging has provided improvements in my personal life as well.  I am waking up early on a consistent basis.  And instead of saying I have to workout, I'm catching myself being excited about the opportunity to get to workout that day.

After running 3 marathons and 14 half marathons, I already know which miles I'm going to feel uncomfortable in and that I want a beer at the finish line.  And training for something outside of my comfort zone has been incredibly humbling.  Instead of worrying about shaving minutes off of my time, I'm more concerned with just finishing alive.

Decide what you want.  Write it down.  Make a plan.  And then work on it.  Every. Single. Day.

Thank you vitaminwater for encouraging us all to be a tryathlete. Be a tryathlete and post video/photo content of your experience to social media for one last chance to win some awesome prizes (including a trip to Rio in February). To see all of the rules go to www.beatryathlete.com.

What has trying a new and challenging activity added to your life? I'd love to know, so tag me in your post in addition to @vitaminwater! @melliecay #beaTRYathletecontest

Sponsored Post Disclosure: I am a proud spokesperson for The Coca-Cola Company in connection with vitaminwater and the “Be a tryathlete” program.

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