Always having fun
As a runner, I train with a running group on Saturdays but do most of my weekly mileage alone. I make my own goals based on what races I’ve signed up for, do the workouts, and log them into my training log. Very much about me, not we. Training for TRI’s and it’s the same thing except 3 venues instead of 1. I swim sometimes with BRF’s who are also training for a TRI, cycle, and of course run. However it’s all about me not we. Being an athlete can be so solitary sometimes. Not complaining, just a fact.
A new beach Tri came to town, and things changed dramatically. Okay, let me start off by saying, I am no swimmer. However with lots of work and being taught by two expert swimmers(Chris and Connie) and reading a lot and using what I read, I became a bit more comfortable in the water. Specifically the pool. Open water…it’s scary. Have I swam in the ocean? Yes. Did I like it? Uh…when it’s calm. Lake? Much better. However this beach TRI is not a lake, so I’m going to need a swimming friend. And luckily this TRI has a relay option.
Jax Galloway TRI team
Well now I have training company. So Chris will swim and I’ll do the bike and run. So time on the bike is needed with an emphasis on Wonderwood bridge since that’s the bike course. Okay for all you helicopter parents out there…let your kid experience stuff . My parents(my mom really) we’re always worried of me being hit by a car, drowning, kidnappers so they sheltered me in a big way. It was so bad, I could only ride my bike on the back lanai. The first time I got grounded for life, I rode my cousin’s bike to the park(2 blocks over). Yes, that bad. So I’m okay with flat and fast, but not down and fast. So I practiced with friends to gain confidence. And practice. Long story, I did better than expected because I trained with my BRF’s.
Why yes, biking can be fun if I don’t take out a cone.
So day of the race is here, Aquaman is ready. The ocean looks rough and I’m so thankful I am doing that part. Chris on the other hand loves it! 800m(½ mile) is no joke. So when participating on a relay team, part of the race is out of your control. You are hoping your teammate(s) have a good portion in their race and just wait to be tagged. All the relay teams around me were long gone when Chris(aqua man) showed up. He wanted to be out there as long as possible-go figure. Now it was my turn to race and his turn to wait and snap pictures. The bike was glorious! Thank God no jitters. Then the run. That’s when 90/30’s came in handy, September in Florida is still hot!
Now I’m doing a part of the race that comes natural.
Then I’m done! Next year more TRI’s and Chris wants to even try HOT! I think these TRI’s are starting to become part of the Smith’s healthy regime. Hope to see you out there too! Start small.
Remember it’s not about the destination it’s about the journey,