Four years ago, I had never run longer than 8 Km. Suddenly I had the running fever and I signed up for my first marathon ever. I trained during the cold and snowy months, and finished with this beautiful race in the Parisian printemps. I was hooked!
Now, as Britney Spears would say: “Oops, I did it again!”, although this time it’s not running. I signed up for a 70.3 Ironman in Panama, without having done any shorter triathlon ever. Some may think that is crazy, but somehow I find it easier to find motivation to train when I have a clear goal in mind. Plus, I couldn’t find any local Sprint or Olympic triathlon.
Triathlon… This is a surprise even for me. By the beginning of the year I was so focused on training for the San Francisco Marathon in July, that I would have never imagined that I would get interested in triathlon. By May, following my coach’s advice, I started swimming to do some cross training and take off the pressure of my legs. After the marathon in August, I started cycling a bit, just to do something besides running.
And little by little I was doing the three sports which made me wonder… triathlon, why not? So here are the reasons why I decided to sign up for a 70.3 Ironman.
- Average goals are not for me. I have the discipline to set my mind to do something great and fight for it. Well, that and a bit of stubbornness.
- Practicing one sport needs cross training. Triathlon has the diversity that I need, in which you rest from one sport by training the other two. And… it is hard to get bored since you are all the time mixing it up.
- I can swim, cycle, and run. Well, swimming and cycling are new to me but I know that I can build them up. I feel that with the proper training I will be able to do the three sports for the distance needed on race day. And considering that I have been able to run 42.2 Km in the past, 1.9 Km Swim + 90 Km Ride + half a marathon shouldn’t be that different in terms of effort.
- I need a goal to train. Now that I signed up for an event, there is no turn back. Or well, I could decide later on not to race, but races are expensive. Having signed up makes me follow a training plan without taking shortcuts, since training is the only way not to suffer during race day.
- Chances are that all those calories that I will be burning need to be refueled. This will be a good way not to gain weight during the holidays!
- And finally, some friends of my team in Colombia are going to the race as well, and who doesn’t like catching up? I will be happy to be competing next to them.
So stay tune to follow my training in these three months prior to my first race on January 31st!