Remember at the start of the year, when I said I was gonna do my first triathlon? Yeah, about that…
I decided not to do it.
Big surprise, I know, given that I haven’t swum or cycled all freakin’ year. So let’s go through my logic.
Why I decided to do a triathlon in the first place:
- I was injured and unable to run. Swimming and cycling became my escape from injury-induced insanity.
- I was missing the social aspect of running, and training with my club’s triathlon group gave me back my social life, as well as a sense of belonging.
- I’d heard rumours that triathletes don’t get injured as much as runners, due to the variety involved
- I wanted something to aim for in case I couldn’t train for the marathon in April
- I wanted a challenge, and I wasn’t going to let a running injury get in my way.
Why I decided not to do a triathlon:
- I was mentally and physically exhausted after the marathon
- I hadn’t done any swim or cycle training all year (duh)
- The logistics of getting my bike to Leeds seemed like too much hassle
- The transitions were already stressing me out
- It was going to cost serious dollar
Essentially, I was woefully underprepared, and had no idea what I was doing. I don’t think I have enough experience with swimming or cycling to actually make a triathlon worth my time. I still want to do more swimming and cycling to balance out my run training (and this weekend I even got out on a cycle ride for the first time all year)- but I don’t think triathlon is right for me at this point in time. I don’t think there’s any point in pushing myself to do something I’m not ready for, and frankly I know I’d beat myself up when my finish time wasn’t what I wanted.
So whilst I’m never saying never to a triathlon, it’s just not the right thing for me right now. I have another big race to train for, and I want to focus on that. There’s only so much one person can do!
Have you ever dabbled in triathlon training? Do you balance out your running with another sport?
Lots of love