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Jess after 2nd Triathlon

{an inexplicably fuzzy photo of me after my 2nd ever tri}

So yeah, I’ve totally been bitten by the Triathlon bug.

I just did my 3rd tri yesterday (funnily enough, the shortest one so far – 250/6/2 in 31.13 min) and I’ve already booked 2 more this summer, with the longer view to completing one or two full tri series next summer!

Up to this point, my training has been pretty haphazard – swimming 2-3 times a week with no real structure, running and cycling once a week (if that!) plus for the last 5 weeks I’ve been doing a boot camp 2 hours per week. Throw in a little bit of yoga and that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing. Also – been eating WHATEVER I want, and that is starting to show. Whoops.

So, I’ve done a little mind voodoo on myself and signed up for my first ever full sprint distance tri on April 7. That gives me exactly 2 months to get serious with my training in preparation!

I’m going to be honest here and say I am kinda terrified by the thought of doing a full sprint tri – most especially the swim (my weakest sport). I know I can swim 750m – I swim 1k a few times a week – but I want to be able to do it 1)all freestyle and 2)in a decent time! So that is my focus. That, and I want to increase my running pace, because it is woefully slow. Not sure if I need to look at my gait (I don’t get much knee lift – my Dad was watching my tri yesterday and he compared my run to a powerwalk!) so not quite sure how to go about that.

I’m also getting serious about keeping records – weekly weight and measurements, as well as keeping track of what I eat – thinking about going back and using My Fitness Pal again for this. Nick and I are doing another 30 Days of Paleo in March, so that will be really helpful to drop a few extra kilos of fat. I’ll have to make sure to eat a LOT of sweet potato for energy, though! 😉

I found this awesome site today – Beginner Triathlete. They have heaps of fab info – especially helpful are the training programmes. I’m starting on Month 3 of the Sprint Tri 2x Balanced plan as of tomorrow.

Doing that + 2-3 strength training sessions per week will be just what I need to whip myself into shape for that April sprint tri. I’ve got 2 months to prepare. Wish me luck, people!