To push or not to push, that is the question: Olympic Triathlon

I’ve been wrestling with the idea of whether or not I want to push into a new race distance or just stop training, stay in shape and run the occasional race. Both options appeal to me for different reasons. After my April half marathon I decided I would take the month of May to “hang out” in a sense. My workouts were solely dictated by doing whatever sounded good that day. I told myself that by May 31 I would decide if that was my summer plan or if I was going for something bigger.

I knew I’d do a triathlon this summer because I think they are fun and because it would be a good way to shape my workouts. If you’re training for a triathlon you have to do all three disciplines: swim, bike, run. It’s a great way to mix things up in the exercise department. The big question in my mind was whether that triathlon would be the fun sprint distance or a bigger challenge.

I spent the month of May wrestling with the idea of this bigger challenge. I talked to people who have done it. I borrowed a road bike to test. I swam a mile with no rest to see how it felt. I held plenty of “what if” discussions with people in my life. I did some research. I looked at training plans. I waited until the end of the month to see how I’d feel.

Yesterday, I registered for my first Olympic Distance Triathlon: 1500 meter swim, 24.9 miles on the bike and 6.2 miles of running. That’s 32 miles altogether. I’m a little nervous, but in a good way. I’ve set a training schedule that is certainly going to be a challenge, but I’m ready for it. I picked an event that seems to be a good size and good venue. I officially started training yesterday.

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There will be a day when I’ve reached the limit of what I can convince my body to do. A day where the thought of an intense training schedule will turn me off. Today is not that day.

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13 thoughts on “To push or not to push, that is the question: Olympic Triathlon

  1. Yes! I was wondering if you signed up for it, but I figured you’d share either way. You’ve got this–and I’d love to come cheer you on if you’d like.

    1. Are you kidding me?!? I’d love to have some cheerleaders. Knowing a friendly face is ahead is a good motivator 🙂

  2. Yay!! You’re awesome Barb!

    Can’t wait to toast your success just a few days later! (Will you be able to climb up to those waterslides or are we spending all our time in the hot tub?) 🙂

  3. Yeah Barb!!! You’re going to do great at this distance and you are definitely a braver woman than I am. I could’ve switched to the Olympic distance for my July 20th Tri but I decided to stick with the sprint. Maybe someday I’ll venture into a longer tri.

  4. Yay! You can totally do it. I’ve done 8 tris so far—-6 sprints, 1 Oly, and 1 HIM. I was terrified of the bigger distances. The Oly was hard for me, but I did it! And you can—and will—too. Just put the work in, and you’ll have a successful race day. So proud of you!

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