As my father-in-law says to me “You’re not the brightest peanut in the turd, are you” I signed up for a Triathlon 4 weeks before the event. Some of you will be thinking…so? I have not ridden a bike in over a decade and the only swimming I have done is at a resort pool – possibly with a cocktail in hand.
I had no idea where to start with training, so as with most things in life that I find confusing I googled it. I did find hundreds of training plans and most of them looked really good if you had a few months. This is when I started to panic. Sitting up at 3am with a hundred tabs open the panic was almost overwhelming. That feeling in your stomach that says “what the hell have I got myself into?” I gave up and went to sleep – where I should have been hours before.
In the morning everything looks better, especially after caffeine. And I decided to put together my own training plan and just give this triathlon the best I can with what I’ve got. Who cares if it is a slow time? Who cares if my bike is not the best? Lets just give it a go.
Step One: buy a bike
I know a few bikers – ultra tough in their Lycra and man onesies. And I know that some bikes can cost more than my car. After talking it over with my wife I decided that I was going to spend $100 and look on Gumtree. I wasn’t sure that I would even like riding so did not want a huge outlay. After looking on all the usual sites one goes to for second hand bikes, I quickly up’ed the budget to $200 and ended up getting a basic but brand new bike off ebay.
Step Two: Race Attire
I put a lot of thought into this and over thought it – like I do with most things. There are way too many options, I feel way too inexperienced and like a lot of people I feel way too self conscience. Bike Shorts, Skins, Onesie, Rashvest, bare chested….what is the etiquette with stuffing your bike shorts out?
As with most things I freak out about I talked it over with my wife and as always she calmed me down with a “you’re being an idiot”. (She also said that short stuffing was not “race appropriate”). So I am going to go with what I feel comfortable in – though I still have not made a final decision.
Step Three: Research
I decided to read a few books to work out how best to train for the event. This book is extremely helpful and I highly recommend anyone participating in triathlons read it however I quickly discovered I would need longer than 4 weeks to use what is outlined in the book. So I decided to set out my own plan.
Step Four: Training Plan
Monday morning: 2.8 km run in zone 3
Monday afternoon: 10 km ride in zone 3
Tuesday morning: 600 m swim in zone 3
Tuesday afternoon: Weight training(I will go into this in more details in another post)
Wednesday morning: 8 km run in zone 3
Wednesday afternoon: 10 km ride in zone 3
Thursday morning: 600 m swim in zone 3
Friday morning: Weight training
Friday afternoon: 14.5 km ride in zone 3
Saturday morning: 5 km fun run race(run like it is the real race)
Saturday afternoon: 900 m swim
Sunday: Rest day: Walk, Yoga, Stretches, Foam roller