Triathlon Training: Second Impressions
I completed my first triathlon yesterday. “Triathlon” was an intimidating prospect as a whole, from the idea of stringing together three separate race-effort events, to the planning of the training leading up to it, to the actual training process, to the equipment preparation. Now that the triathlon is behind me, I feel extremely confident and excited to plan, train, and race another!
The training leading up to the race was a challenge from both a planning perspective and an execution perspective. One can’t practice race distances and conditions like one might for a running or biking race. Logistically and time-wise it’s not practical, but also its not an efficient use of your training time, post-recovery alone would suck up many potential training days.
On top of that, throw in family obligations, a summer vacation, work crises, and training was a challenge.
I guess it would be easy to prep equipment-wise by just throwing money at the problem. Get a list and buy everything on the list. There are a lot of vendors who would be glad to sell you all there triathlon specific trinkets and gadgets. Triathlon is an equipment/gadget intensive sport. But, that is not a viable solution for us beginner-budget-minded competitors.
Then there’s the question of what is the minimum set of equipment and supplies I’ll need just to finish. My goal was to not finish last.
More thoughts on training in my after action report: First Triathlon–Done!
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