Earlier this year, I completed my first triathlon.
(And all I got was this banana.)
I’d been thinking about triathlons for a while before that, but a guest post from Katy on how to do a triathlon inexpensively finally convinced me. I didn’t want to spend a lot on a bike I might not use much when I could spend that money on beer or more running sneakers.
I got a nice tax refund and ended up spending about $600 on a pretty lightweight hybrid.
I used Katy’s post as a guide to not get sucked up into buying stuff I really didn’t need, so I didn’t do anything fancy like aero bars, a bike calculator or clip-in pedals. Unless I get really serious about cycling one day, I don’t know if I’ll ever do clip-in pedals. They terrify me, and I foresee myself tumbling to my death and getting run over crossing the West Side Highway.
I got a freaking flat tire during the race and got a slower time than I was hoping for, but it was still a fun experience.
So, will I do it again, and which do I like better?
One question at a time!
Yes, I’m going to do the Wyckoff/Franklin Lakes Triathlon (my hometown triathlon) next June and maybe some more triathlons next summer. There’s a ton of tris down the shore, and I’m not really afraid of the idea of open water swimming.
Which do I like better?
Marathoning, for sure.
I’m slightly ADD. The jobs I’ve liked the best are ones where I work on a whole bunch of different projects using varied skills. A job in D.C. that I had and loved had me doing: writing for the magazine, proofing pages before we went to press, editing web stories on a daily basis and laying out and editing a weekly newsletter–and I loved it! Using all those different parts of my brain kept me interested and no day was the same.
So I thought that would apply to workouts, but not only do I absolutely thrive on a training schedule, but I love marathon training because I love honing in on a goal time and crushing it. Aiming for three goal times and to improve in three sports sounds overwhelming to me, and part of the reason I train for races is to compete with myself, so I wouldn’t not aim to improve my times.
What about you? One sport or three? If you’ve done both marathons (or half-marathons) and tris, which do you like better?