Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Calling all Triathletes....

... or triathletes-to-be!

Here's the deal. We all know I have been struggling with running. But, not to the point that I can't run. I just have to take it easy, with more off days and more cross training.

But... I need all the help I can get. I am attempting to switch gears.

PAUSE.

Folks, I am thinking Triathlon.

PAUSE.

I know I will not be participating in any until 2008.... as I will not be ready for anything in the next 5 months.... there really isn't anything 'round here in the winter time ..... and the spring/summer is much more promising for necessary traveling.

(If you know of any good beginner-sprint-triathlons, now would be the time to share! please!)

... But, that is not why I have asked for you presence.

I have done some researching online and reading my Triathlon Training Basics by Gale Bernhardt, trying to figure out a great training schedule. ... .. Somewhere to start.. ... .. Anything. .... .. I don't necessarily need to "really" train just yet, I just want to be able to follow some sort of schedule... something to build a good base.

I need a schedule people. I am a schedule person!!


Anyone got any good ideas? Suggestions?? Thoughts??? ANYONE?

20 comments:

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/Programs/couch_to_sprint_overview.htm


Take a look at the couch to sprint schedules from beginnertriathlete.com. You could use this as a starting point and modify to fit your needs

Randy said...

I'm here on the sidelines..cheering you on...but no help with the training....oh do you need another water....here you go...oh more gu....here's a quick burst of energy...here's a towel to wipe the sweat...not much technical help....but I can keep up with the basic needs....good luck!!!

Wes said...

I have a great beginner's triathlon plan. There are plenty on the web for free. You won't have any problem finding one that suits your needs. If you need a nudge in the right direction, big girl, you let me know :-)

J~mom said...

I made my own. It's linked on my blog on the sidebar. I really merged it all together from a bunch of plans I studied. I have to add bricks to it next month but right now I am adding to my base in all three areas.

There are two great books out there...

Triathlon 101 and I love this book...Slow, Fat, Triathlete..it's funny and realistic.

IronGambit said...

Just do them all ! :)

Jess said...

Well, I was guessing that's where you were heading since you changed your blog -- the new title tells us a lot.

Sorry, I'm clueless as to tris, but there are plenty out there who know plenty -- take their advice.

jahowie said...

Hey when you find a good schedule pass it on to me will ya? :-)

Danielle said...

There is a tri that opens registration on Jan 1 I think it will be, http://www.minnemantri.com/ I think if I was going to do one, this would be the one I would try. My boyfriend is a sponsor of it and we were out there for that over the summer and it was a really nicely done and seemed a pretty easy course with lots of good support.

Marcy said...

Good for you!!! ;D I'm too scared to do tri's, anyone who sings up for one is a bad@ss to me. Sorry can't help on the advice but there are tons of peeps who can ;D I'll be cheering for you!

Makita said...

Here are a few links of potential interest:

Another blogger who struggles with running and recently completed her first tri ....
http://penny-penn.blogspot.com/

A sprint triathlon here in Central Oregon that looks like fun (the swim is all downriver with the current!)...
http://www.freshairsports.com/events/deschutes_dash/index.php

akshaye said...

hehe.. you have the same problem as me!

its great that you're thinking of the tri for now. I may look at one myself in '08. So I would be interested in seeing what kind of plans you use.

Running by.... said...

How exciting! I'm an awful swimmer and I am afraid of being hit on a bike, so tris are not for me....BUT

I am rooting for you and interested in your new journey!

Phoenix said...

You might look around - there are lots of indoor tris during the winter here in the 'Lou - I'd suggest a pool swim for your first, it takes one of the "intimidators" out. Unless you're totally cool with open water, then go for it.

Are you really good on the swim and the bike skills? If not, then I'd take the first few months really slow and just focus on developing your skills - then you have an idea what you're capable of and can better discern which training plan is for you.

I would totally suggest a Master's Swim program - even for a beginner, they are awesome.

Feel free to email me with any questions about being a newb - that's about all I can help you with as I have all of one tri under my belt - I'd be happy to share my mistakes and things that have worked for me.

You are gonna love this sport!!!

psbowe said...

A tri sounds fun, good luck on locating a training that fits you. Sorry I'm no help.

Lance Notstrong said...

Until you have a specific event, I wouldn't worry too much about "training" as far as specific distances or intervals. I would just start doing base miles of everything.....2 days at the pool, 2 days on the bike and 2 days running. Maybe 3-5 mile runs. 45 minutes to an hour on the bike and if you can, find a swim class to join. Do this until Jan 08 and then start with a program.

kelsalynn said...

Unfortunately, I can't really give any advice on tris, but you have my support and encouragement and on those days where you need someone to motivate you, I can at least do that!

I saw on jkrunning's blog you're going to give the September-palooza a try, I am too! And your idea of altering the 3 activities is a great idea for you!
KelsaLynn

robtherunner said...

Good luck finding a beginners schedule that works for you. I'm not ready for triathlons yet so you'll have to test the waters for the rest of us as well.

Annette said...

What? You're crossing over to the other side? Gasp! :) Good luck. This runner can't even fathom adding swimming into the training schedule. Yikes!

Nat said...

Good for you on starting to get in to Triathlons. I just started two years ago and I love them. I don't know of a lot of them around ND but MN has quite a few good ones for beginners, well for anyone for that matter. The University of MN has an indoor one in Feb called the Tri-U-Mah. It was the first one I ever did and was great to get my feet wet and figure out what it was all about. I also have done on in Buffalo, MN for the past two years called the Buffalo Triathlon. I think it's in early June. That one is also a great sprint course. The bike course has a few hills but they're a good challenge. I also have done the Annandale Triathlon which is also a good course - pretty flat. Good luck with picking races, that's the hardest thing. The best advice I can give though is to enter races early as they fill up very fast around here anyway!

WannaBe5Ker said...

Holy cow, you're going to be a triathlete! YES!!

GL GL GL GL GL!!!!!!!!