|Sweet SWAG from Endurance House today|
Sometimes Kevin would call me ADD and ask why I had to always be doing something, chasing some new goal. Well I don't have to, but trying new things, learning new things, having new experiences just for the sake of having them; that's all fun to me. Kevin just wasn't wired that way, so he didn't understand.
I don't know much about triathlons and I'm not a very strong swimmer so I definitely will have to work hard if I decide to do one. Endurance House was having an informational session on their tri training program today, along with viewing the Kona Ironman Championships, so I went up there to check it out. I talked to the program director and I came away pretty impressed.
The training program seems kind of expensive, but it also looks like you really get a lot for your money: training program targeted to your goal event, group training (including open water swims), bike fitting, videotaped swim analysis, 15% store discount, practice on transitions, team support at all the local events.... If I decide for sure I want to do a tri next year, I will also do the training. That way I know I will be prepared and will enjoy the event.
The tri I'm considering is the Go Girl at Eagle Creek in August. It's just a couple miles from home and I'm familiar with the park; and I hear from lots of people that it's a really good one for first-timers, with lots of support. If you've been reading our blog for a while, you'll remember that my friend Kathy did this tri as part of a team last year. She and the rest of her team guest blogged about it for us too: Team Badass Librarians. Very inspiring!
I know I've already mentioned that I might try an Ultra next year, but I don't think these goals are incompatible. The tri is in August, and if I did an Ultra it would probably be late fall/early winter. Also, if you've been reading our blog since year one you will remember I did a month-long Ironman challenge and felt like the biking and swimming really improved my running. So I think I would come out of this event strong and ready to train for a 50K.
All fun stuff to think about. I'll let you know for sure what I decide around the end of the year. And roll your eyes if you want to Kevin, but I hope you're proud of me too.