Last Monday, I did something that I had never planned to do. My usual forms of exercise include the gym where I use an elliptical machine or the stationary bike, some weights and the mats. My outdoor activities usual consist of running, walking the dog, a neighborhood bike ride or playing golf. Imagine my surprise when I looked at my workout schedule provided by coach Sami. The workout for the day included biking outside and swimming laps in a 25 yard pool.. My plan showed a bike ride to the fitness center where I would do a 1000 yard swim workout followed by another bike ride home. Tom actually suggested I take the car because my swim workout the prior week was not great. In fact, I felt sick to my stomach for the better portion of it, and actually fell short by 100 yards of the workout.
The bike ride was just 2.5 miles and mostly downhill so I arrived at the pool feeling ready to tackle my swim workout. The pool was so warm it felt like bath water, but despite that, there was a workout to complete and I was determined to get this one completed, every last yard! Any outdoor activity done it heat and humidity will take longer and of course this swim was no exception.
My workout consisted of a warm up with arm and leg drills followed by some sets of 50's, up to 200's at certain speeds based on feel. I really enjoy the shorter quick swims followed by a brief rest. However, my speedy time, is probably like a turtle for most swimmers. However, a turtle makes it to the finish line too! Post workout, I got on my bike and completed my brick workout in approximately one hour. I haven't peaked at my workouts for this week, but I feel certain there will be another brick in my future.
Now the big question, will I enter a triathlon? This is such a tempting thing, except I do not own a proper road bike. A few weeks ago, several of my teammates and Sami raced a sprint triathlon called 3 little pigs. This is the one and only triathlon I would be interested in because of the age group awards. Sami earned her third "little pig" trophy this year and it is adorable. So.....if I ever try a tri, it will be this one. Oh and yes, there was only one person in my age group this year!
Have you done a triathlon? What is your favorite event of the three?