I Need to TRI Harder

So I have a triathlon in 3 weeks. Truth. I have done next to nothing in terms of training. Now, this is not a race I am trying to win and I am confident I could go into it without much training and still finish. But I would probably finish last, and I don’t want to do that either.

triathlon set up

I’ve competed in the Brickman Tri before so I am familiar with the super flat course and I know what to expect during the swim too because its a pool swim. So now it’s time to buckle down and get to work training.

Here is my plan for this week – please by all means, if you are reading this, HOLD ME TO IT! I am still in summer mode and therefore snubbing the idea of a schedule…but I need to schedule more, I just need to.

Monday (today): R.I.P.P.E.D. (I just signed up online so now I have to go)

Tuesday: Run 30 mins.

Wednesday: Bike 45 mins.

Thursday: Run 30 mins.

Friday: Swim 30 mins.

Weekend: Cross train (aka do fun active things!)

Now, time to buckle down and get to work!


Tri Me!

I signed up for another triathlon! I have seriously needed to start training for something again and the Brickman Triathlon is a great race to do just that.

Brickman Triathlon

This race is not new to me as I competed in it back in 2010. Yikes, I can’t believe it was 4 years ago. But yes, I have done this race before and I remember it being a chilly morning but a quick race. Perfect for ending the triathlon season (for me.)

triathlon set up

The Brickman is a sprint distance triathlon which means short…and great for first timers or peeps like me who enjoy training but have a real life as well. I would love to live in triathlon training world where I had hours upon hours each day to swim bike and run but alas, I live in the real world and have to go to work every day.

The swim is in a pool…yay! This means warm and quick. I do LOVE swimming but I also enjoy the ease of starting the swim portion of a triathlon staggered so I don’t have strangers kicking me in the face.

The bike is 3 loops around a flat, 3.4 mile course. Unlike the Triathlon by the Sea, this course isn’t particularly scenic but that’s ok, it just means I’ll have to concentrate on pedaling faster. Zoom!

The run is a super flat, 4.5 loop course around the town common for a total of 3 miles. Nothing much by the way of scenery. I remember it being really cold 4 years ago and feeling good running. I was cruising along, minding my own business and I saw a MAN doing a walk of shame home carrying HIS HEELS!! Yes, a cross-dressing-walk-of-shame!! If I can only be so lucky this year to see such a sight.

I thought it would be fun to look up my results from 2010 and see how I did…

Swim – 5:17 (10 laps)

Bike – 43:56 (13.9 mph)

Run – 28:37 (9:23min/mi)

TOTAL Р1:21:49

Not too bad. But I would love to beat it. Look at that run time though…great min/mi for a tri!

Now time to create a training plan and stick to it. Because this course is super flat, I will focus on doing some speed work on the bike and on the run. I honestly do not remember one single hill on this course so no real need for a ton of hill workouts (which I actually enjoy more than speed workouts.)

I’ll post the training plan later this week for anyone who is interested (but mostly for me so I know where it is at all times.)

Happy Tuesday folks!

Does anyone else have any fall races they are gearing up to train for?