One of my bucket list items for this year was to race a triathlon.
I’m not quite sure why I put this on there. Maybe to challenge myself? Maybe because I was high off my first two half marathons and decided I could do ANYTHING? I don’t really know. But I don’t have a bike. I was probably 12 the last time I rode my bike. And I can’t swim.
A few weeks ago I decided to start learning how to swim since that was another bucket list item. But I haven’t really kept it up.
Aaron spends all day in a gym. I think it takes extra encouragement to get him to go to his “workplace” after hours. And I like to make a splashing idiot of myself in front of as few people as possible. I suppose on the upside, our wet area is co-ed, so I don’t have to deal with situations like Jen does in the jacuzzi.
Well, I have found a triathlon in December!
This is an indoor tri that utilizes gym equipment. No bike? No problem. I’m glad I wasn’t more specific in my bucket list requirements!
Basically, you run for 20 minutes on a treadmill as fast as you can, hang out on the spin bike for 30 minutes, and swim in the pool for 10 minutes. Your score is based on distance covered rather than time.
So, I am now forced to learn how to swim (or at least establish a good doggy paddle) for 10 full minutes. That isn’t so bad, right?
I mean, the marathon was scary because I did’t know what would happen at mile 20. But, at least I knew it involved running.
Well, how nice for you, tri person!
This is such a new world for me.
I’ve definitely been inspired by all of you who jumped into tri land and had to do things like swim in open water!!! (OMGSOSCARY).
And indoor tris seem to be a whole different game than like, real ones. I don’t know anything about transitions, especially because I don’t think there is a “transition area.” AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO WEAR!
My swimsuits aren’t necessarily designed for competitive swimming.
Are you kidding me…
Meanwhile, Aaron has done countless tris including 3 Ironmans. These are really where he excels, even more so than running. I think I killed it because he hasn’t done any triathlons since I met him.
I don’t think I’ll be keeping up with him anytime soon, but I have decided that I need to let myself out of my comfort zone every once in awhile. I am truly having to chip away at this triathlon thing from the bottom. If anything, this will ensure that I get some quality cross training in. And maybe next year I’ll be crazy enough to sign up for one outside!