Friday, February 14, 2014

Olympic Distance Triathlon

Last summer I trained for and participated in 2 Sprint distance triathlons. A sprint triathlon usually consists of a half-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride, and then a 5k run. My goal for this summer is an Olympic triathlon, which doubles all of those distances. 1-mile swim, 24-mile bike ride, and a 10k run, in that order.

I have some work to do to get ready. My winter training has not been nearly as intense as when I was preparing for the triathlons at the end of summer 2013. This last weekend I did a mile swim followed by a 5k run and felt like I could go no farther. I will need to add an entire bike ride an additional 5k run to complete a full Olympic distance race. Lots of work ahead, but it will be worth it.

I officially signed up for the Daybreak Triathlon June 7, 2014. This will be my first Olympic distance event. There will be many there to win. I plan to finish, and enjoy the training required to prepare. For the next four months I will be swimming 1-2 times/week and biking at least twice per week, sometimes as many as four times per week. I enjoy the bike the most of all the sports, so I tend to over-train in that sport. Plus, I plan to do a century ride sometime in summer 2014.

I am the most susceptible to injuries when I run, so I will keep running to once per week, maybe twice per week on very rare occasion, and I will very rarely run an entire 10k at one time. To make up for the under-training in the run, I usually over-train in the other two sports by swimming more than a mile and biking over 24 miles each session.

I'll drop occasional updates on my progress on the blog, and I'll share a race report after I complete my first Olympic distance triathlon.