Different Triathlon Lengths Vs Different Tactics
I have a question but before I begin, let me give you some history which could potentially not have any relevance to this post but what the hell. I am 40 and started the road to Triathlons at the end of 2013. I have so far completed two Sprint Distances in 2014 and completely loved every second of it. The pain, tears and sweat were all worth it. It is also important to know, this part might have some relevance to my question, that I am not a natural athlete and am certainly not built like one. I am more the Shot Putter build (sorry Shot Putters) and I have to wear a man's Tri suit because the ones for the ladies look like they would fit my daughter and don't tell Greenpeace when I am getting my wetsuit on......it will just save embarrassment later.
So, finally the question is. When you start doing longer distances, do you go at the same speed as you would a Sprint Distance. If taking on an Olympic Distance or Half Iron Man, do you slow your speed down to get through it. More of an endurance approach rather than a Sprint approach. To be honest, I take the more endurance approach when doing my Sprint but that is because I am new to this game and also I have this Shot Putter build...............
I can lap the pool for quite some time at a steady comfortable pace, I can get on my bike and do a few hours at a good cadence (around 80+) so with my ability to endure with grit and determination, would I be able to enter longer distances? Sure you can, you will all shout but I wanted to know the psyche behind it...........yes I have turned into Triathlon bore and potential nerd......
Would my Sprint timings not be so far off endurance at an Olympic event? I am probably not explaining myself well, but for the first stab and not wanting to bore you any longer, thought I would ask.
Thanks for listening.