There. I said it.
It was about two years ago when I started thinking I was ready for another challenge. I had finished some mud runs and distance races and had two thoughts:
1.) I do not want to run another marathon for a spell.
2.) I want to do something else fun and challenging.
But I haven’t had the courage to come out and say it to people until recently. Well, here it is folks: I don’t know where or when, but I want be a triathlete. Soon.
Of course, there are a few things in the way – there always are. There’s the tiny fact that I don’t know how to swim, for starters – I can make swimming motions when I find myself in water, but I was never taught to actually swim and I have no idea what a mile swim looks or feels like. I’ll learn.
I used to bike a lot for transportation, and I’ve been known to take a recreational bike ride here and there, but I don’t know what a bike race looks like either. I also have a second-hand Walmart bike, which I’m not sure will work or not. I’ve been told that whatever your bike is, it’s good enough, though I told this to a friend recently and was interested by her look of horror.
And then there’s running. I ran a 5k a few weeks ago that was awesome, but I don’t really run anymore since I began my 6-day-a-week power yoga practice. I am signed up for a 10k on March 16, so that’ll hopefully give me the kick in the butt I need to start running again.
Ok, so when you put all those together, I sort of sound insane. I credit all of this insanity to yoga, which increases your comfort level with (and even helps you to seek out) intensity. Yoga says to me, “Oh, you work crazy hours at your job, go to grad school, work as a yoga teacher and practice? Eh…there’s some space there. Do more.”
It also encourages you to test your edge, which is what I’m really after. Ryan said recently that falling is how you get better at poses, and it really is – if you’re scared of falling in a pose, you’ll never reach your potential. Your inner voice will be left unsatisfied. It will nag. If you do allow yourself to fall, again and again, you’ll experience growth and authenticity. You’ll discover space in your body and mind you didn’t know was possible.
That is how I feel about learning how to swim and ride a bike – I’ll probably fail, and then fail again. But that second fail is going to feel better, and then eventually I’ll succeed at something. Right?
That being said, I am ready to jump in. I do have a few initial questions, however, for any triathletes reading:
1.) Are you wet the whole time?
2.) How long does it take to transition? Are you supposed to rest, or do you frantically try to pull on socks over wet feet?
3.) Where do I find a training plan?
4.) I’ve ever been to a spin class or a swim class. Should I do that, or should I train on my own?
And any other advice or thoughts would be great. Thanks in advance and happy March!