Sunday, June 20, 2010

Tri Time!

After my crazy year of marathoning (two marathons less than 6 months apart equals crazy to me), I am finally ready to make myself a triathlete.  Last weekend, I biked the 2 miles from our house to Pure Fitness and then tried to hop on a treadmill for a run.  Very difficult!  I felt tired in the first 10 minutes.  Running a marathon, I feel, makes me overconfident.  Since I can run 26.2 miles, my mind takes on the superwoman mentality and thinks any other athletic task involving running will be easy.  Not so!  From last week's trial, I decided to start with the very beginner triathlon program.  So I found a book from Barnes and Noble and my 8-week plan begins tomorrow. My goal is the Nathan Tempe Triathlon, a sprint triathlon (750m swim, 12.3 mile bike, 3.1 run) on September 26.

Since there are over 8 weeks until the actual triathlon.  Once I finish my 8 week plan, I will be starting the book's 12 week plan for an Olympic Triathlon.  I won't finish that plan in time for the race, but I figure it will give my something to do in the meantime.

A very deserving shout out goes to my cousin (in-law) Stacie who will also be completing her first triathlon in a few weeks.  She's tackling the half-ironman distance (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run.)   Stacie also started a blog about her training experience.  Check her out at


  1. Hey Jo! What book did you get? I'd like to check out the plan...possibly even join you at the tri....I failed at my first attempt to train.

  2. I'm doing my first tri September 25th - also a sprint. Yay!

  3. I bought "The Complete Triathlete's Training Manual" by Oliver Roberts. Yes, Heather, do it!! It would be awesome to do our first Tri together!