Although as short a time as 6 months ago it would have been shocking news especially to me. I have never been a swimmer. I learned very late and never got good at it. Doing a duathlon last summer was way outside my comfort zone and as far as I thought I would go. Yet I remember well when a marathon was unthinkable. I can also remember a time earlier than that when I admired my friend, T, because she raced! My life has changed drastically in the last 10 years and it seems as though there are yet some major things I am willing to try in the athletic part of my life.
Yes, I will attempt a tri next summer. I hope to attempt at least 2 so I can see some improvement. I am already scouring the Internet looking for tris with very short swim portions in my area. And they are out there - many many more than a simple duathlon which is part of my motivation. I just plain like to race! There are even some with the swim portion in pools. A coworker told me about someone she knows my age who recently started doing triathlons. This woman is very athletic looking, in fact MJ told me she was the athlete of the year for New Jersey at one time. Well, guess what? She came in next to the last in the results of one tri I was looking at. Good God! If she came in next to the last I will be last for sure. That is why I have to do at least two. I hope to at least see some improvement as I do a second one.
I am not great at any of the disciplines and super bad at one of them. I could wait until I turn 60 and do my first tri in my 60s but I am too anxious to give it a try.
I am also hoping to get a road bike but not just because of this goal. I ended up doing a lot of cycling this summer and hope to do even more next year. I could see a distinct difference between those with road bikes and those without. I didn't feel the difference was based on fitness as much as the bikes. I want to rack up even more miles next summer and I don't want to be held back by my bike. Of course there are many levels of road bikes you can get plus I really will have to learn to change a tire but it will all be worth it as I explore new and old routes all over my beautiful state and beyond. I am thinking if I want to get one anyways I should certainly do it well before my first tri so I can have it and learn to use it including those foolish clipless pedals.
When I do something new, I always like to read about it. Any recommendations for Tri books out there esp. for first timers?
And waaaaay before next summer when I try to tri, go over to Run With Jill's blog for the second annual bloggy gift exchange. Last year it was a lot of fun. Join in the fun!