|Does anyone remember Sigmund the Sea Monster?|
I know I can cover the distances, and the bike and run will be flat...but I think I've taken that fact for granted and have been less than diligent with my training. OK, I'll confess that I haven't even followed a training plan! I just focused on swimming three times a week, and I'd run and bike on the other days depending on what I felt like doing. That plan doesn't work out so well, it turns out. Seems like most weeks I've swam 2-3 times, run once and biked once. Bad triathlete! (On the plus side, I've got in quite a bit of golf lately - and golf makes me very happy.)
I think it had to do with going straight from training for one event (Moraga) directly into training for another without a break - training burnout coupled with overconfidence...I will be happy just to cross the finish line at the Mermaid Tri. But you know what? I'm OK with that. I do these events for fun. (Well, except for the sheer open water terror!) I do these events because I love the atmosphere. I do them to keep from becoming a huge couch potato. And I do them to challenge myself not just physically, but mentally. The fact that I'm even willing to do this swim is a huge accomplishment in my book!
This year is all about just getting my feet wet in the world of triathlon...learning if I can even do it (I can!), seeing if I enjoy it (I do!), but also seeing how much time I'm willing to commit to it. At this point, I think I've struck a pretty good balance.