After spending the last year reading other people's blogs and finding them inspiring, I decided it was time to start my own! I was using Runner's World log to track my workouts but it wasn't quite the same.
I started doing Triathlon 2 years ago, in 2008, with my first race at the Strathmore Women's Triathlon. My hubby had done a sprint triathlon the year before after sort of falling into a triathlon training group at the YMCA. After seeing him do the Vulcan Triathlon I knew that I could also do it- I just had to learn how to swim, bike and run!!
I had never been particularly athletic- didn't participate in sports growing up, no gymnastics, soccer, dance or anything. The only thing I had done in my teens was ride horses. I had no idea how to "train" my body to do something.
So in January 2008 I decided that I was going to train for a triathlon. I liked the idea of a women's only triathlon so I knew that Strathmore was the race for me, and it gave me 8 months to train since it was held in August.
I signed up for a triathlon swimming class at the YMCA that was twice a week. I also joined a Learn to Run clinic at the Running Room. As for the bike, I bought a cyclocross (pretty much a road bike with more clearance for knobby tires) off ebay and went for rides in Fish Creek Park. My training was pretty basic but I had pretty low expectations. I couldn't even do front crawl at my first swimming class! I hadn't been on a bike in years, and the 12 minute run in highschool was brutal!! I was determined to do this though!!
My first triathlon was an amazing experience. There were lots of first-timers like myself, as well as many seasoned runners/triathletes. My sister and her family came out to cheer me on. The swim went relatively well, the bike would have been good had I not had a mechanical malfunction (my brake rubbed on my tire for the 1st 10 km which slowed me down!), and the run was well... running! Overall I was pretty happy with myself and knew that I wanted to do it again!!
For the 2009 race season I knew I would need more training- so hubby and I joined the University of Calgary Triathlon Club (UCTC). It is a great atmosphere with all sorts of experience levels of members. We trained about 4-5 days a week and we both improved greatly from the previous year. We both did the Tri-This-Try in May, and the Vulcan Triathlon in June. Only hubby ended up doing the Foothills Charity Triathlon in Okotoks because I got sick a week before the race and was still not feeling well enough to race. I did the Strathmore Women's Triathlon for the 2nd time and I was about 13 minutes faster than the previous year!
I definitely need to work on my running so this winter that is what I am focusing on. We ran a 5km race in November- Jingle Bell Run, so that kept my motivation up in the fall. Once Daylight Savings Time kicked in, I didn't run much due to it never being light outside! Thankfully Santa brought me a treadmill for Christmas so I will have no excuse to not run now!!
That brings us to the present- hubby and I are signed up the UCTC again which starts January 11th. Hubby has signed up for Calgary 70.3 (Half Ironman) and I am strongly considering signing up. That means lots of training for 2010!!
My cheering section from my 1st Triathlon, 2008.