I mentioned that I had my eye on two triathlon events for this season: Toronto Island "Give-it-a-Tri" on August 27th and Wasaga Sprint on September 10th. I must have given the impression that I was trying to decide between the two because many of you offered your suggestions - the truth is, I am planning to do both. Surprised?
I've also decided to add an earlier duathlon to the mix to get some practice with transitions and test my cycling legs in a race situation.
5km Run | 20km Bike | 2.5km Run
I've been juggling the schedule around a bit and doing my best to merge my current marathon training plan and this newly added tri training. Running will undoubtedly remain the focus and for the most part I will incorporate swimming and cycling to accommodate that. Running is what I love and I still have some big goals to accomplish, so I am not ready to put it in the backseat just yet.
I do, however, realize that running is my strength and swimming/cycling are my weaknesses [for now] to work on, so it is a matter of deciding how much I am willing and able to devote to each in order to get the most out of this season. And I haven't quite figured that part out yet.
What I do know is that I am having a lot of fun with it. I look forward to my swims, I love riding my bike and I can't wait to start incorporating some brick workouts. What I also know is that this sport can get expensive. I'm trying my hardest not to go crazy buying everything out there, at least not before I "test the waters" - but you need a lot more than just a pair of running shoes in triathlon!
What's your best advice for a noob? And for all the nay-sayers out there: never say never! ;)