My first triathlon - Am I too ambitious??
I have never completed a triathlon but have wanted to do so for some time. Unfortunately the time has not been right to commit to a proper training regime. I now have a fairly narrow window where I can commit and I will be completing at least one triathlon in 2015. I really want to do an Olympic triathlon however the only date that I can do is in mid April. I can therefore commence a 12 week program immediately. I have no issue pushing myself however I am concerned that I am being too ambitious or that I will get an injury prior to the event. I have just turned thirty.
So here is what I have been doing recently;
Running; I completed a half marathon in September in 1 hour 40 mins. I have not done much running since. Once I get back into it my guess is running would be my strongest.
Swimming: Since around October I have been swimming in open water around two to three times per week - around 700 to 900m. My technique is terrible but I guess I can work on that – probably will need some lessons! It would take me around 28 minutes to swim 900m in open water however I would need to change strokes during the swim as I would get too tired doing continuous front crawl.
Cycling: I have not done much regular cycling recently. When I can I go for short cycles – around 12km which I do fairly intensely. Have not been able to do this in around two months but for a few months prior to that I did it around 3 to 5 times per week.
Overall I would say my level of fitness at present is only average at best because I have not been consistently training intensely since I completed the half marathon.
So do you think I am being unrealistic if I aim for a mid-april Olympic triathlon? Regardless of this I will be doing a Sprint triathlon in March which I am reasonably confident I can complete – whether or not I finish in a respectable time is a different matter!!
Sorry for being so long winded…
Thanks for your help