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One New Thing: Sprint Triathlon

Alright, people. It’s time for this month’s One New Thing post, in which I choose one activity I’ve never done before, and/or is also a teensy bit out of my comfort zone, in the spirit of author Spencer Johnson’s quote below. Past entries have included rock climbing, making a vase out of molten lava (some just call it glassblowing) and returning to hot yoga.

one new thing triathlon

For January, I’d been mulling over signing up for some sort of race for a bit of time. In the past, I’ve trained for half marathons with varying degrees of gung-ho-ness – and I was tempted to do the same since it’s been a little while since the last one, and I was fairly confident of what to expect. But then I thought, no, what is the point of One New Thing if not to choose the thing that I would do if I weren’t a leetle afraid.

And so, after some encouragement from a friend who has raced before, I chose to sign up for a sprint triathlon, which is something I’ve had my eye on for a while… but stopped short of every time I remembered how long it’s been since I’ve hopped on a bicycle or swam, and where would I locate said amenities, and… I know, it’s called a gym, there’s really no excuse. A sprint triathlon is like a triathlon for newbies, and consists of a 750-meter swim, 20k-bike ride, and 5k-run. It’ll involve several weeks of training, locating a badass swim cap, and biking some trails as the weather (hopefully? finally?) warms up.

If you’d like to join me in training – or even just show up at the end of each session with a Capri Sun and fruit snack (at least that’s what I remember from sports practice as a kid…) – drop me a message! I would love your company on this very new thing. Here’s to always taking the course we’d choose if we weren’t afraid to do so. : )

{Top image from Polyvore on Etsy. Thumbnail from Training for Life Tumblr.}

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • JoAnne January 30, 2014, 7:39 am

    Jess! Great idea! I just started with a Masters swim team here in Fort Collins and hope to find another team to practice with when I move (which is now set: I leave Feb 25 and will be in town March 1)! Let’s do some swimming and biking (and running too!) together! Triathlon training is a hoot and I’m sure you’ll love the experience.

    • Jessica January 30, 2014, 7:02 pm

      Yay! I’m so excited you’ll be here soon! Definitely up for swimming/biking/running adventures :)

  • Marivic Weathers February 15, 2014, 1:25 pm

    Hi Jessica! I’m signed up for the Rainman Indoor tri @ Evans Pool in mid March. I figure this is good training for the real thing. I’m also signed up for the Chelanman in July. Good luck on your training. I’ve just started & I’m constantly sore. Nice work on Heart-Swell!

    • Jessica February 19, 2014, 9:55 pm

      Oh wow, I am definitely going to check with you for some training tips! You’re a pro!

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