I’ve been interested in doing a triathlon for a while now – the combination of swim, bike and run is an excellent test of fitness, endurance and skill. Last week I finally pulled the trigger and signed up for the half-ironman distance triathlon on Martha’s Vineyard in September. It’s a beautiful course (the bike is basically a tour of the whole island) and will be a good event to focus my training on over the next few months. I think this is a good event for me for a few reasons:
- 70.3 will be a challenge but not impossible with training. That’s a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run. I’m more interested in the endurance aspect than how fast I can finish the course.
- It’s over six months away. I plan to train seriously for four months. This will give me plenty of time to work out the kinks in my training and do a sprint/olympic tri to practice.
- Training will happen in the summer. It’s tough to find a pool to swim in around Boston, so I’m planning to do a lot of my training in Walden Pond, Upper Mystic Pond and the ocean when I’m back on Cape Cod.
I plan to start training for the 70.3 in May. Until then I’m focusing on lifting and seeing how far I can push my squat, bench, deadlift and press. It’s fun to set goals and see your progress! You can follow me on the blog and Strava.