Hey guys, first of all, I finally purchased my domain name, so you can now find me at http://www.westfordmommy.com. You can update your readers, but everything should for the most part be forwarding you to the correct address automatically.
Danskin has a free beginner training program on their website that I plan on referencing when my 8 weeks until the race begins. For now, I have decided to add an extra spin/bike day and am hoping to get into the pool very soon.
On Saturday, I did my first brick workout. My next marathon is in 4 weeks, so I was supposed to do a long run. I woke up that day and my legs felt dead. There was no way I could run a quality run, so I decided to go for my first bike ride in over a month. Overall, the ride was good. I did 9.5 miles in just over 35 minutes. After I got back to my house I thought I would try my first run off the bike and so I put my bike in my yard and took off for a run. I had no idea what to expect from my legs but I decided 1.5 miles would be my max since I was taking the day off from running. I concentrated on an even effort from my legs and not pace. I looked down halfway through my run and noticed I was running an 8:30 pace. My thighs were definitely burning from the ride so I was happy my legs were able to turn over as fast as they were at that point. I completed the 1.5 mile run in 12 1/2 minutes and I was satisfied with my workout for the day.
The brick workout did leave me a little anxious on what to expect in the future. But it also left me excited to realize my body has so much to learn and I won't always be doing the same thing week after week. I also had a new appreciation for triathletes, especially 1/2 Ironman and Full Ironman participants. I can't imagine running 26.2 miles after having just ridden for over 100 miles on the bike. That is so awesome and I am in awe of you.
While searching around on Danskin's website for the training program I also came across a podcast that is titled Motivate and Inspire. If you are thinking of doing your first triathlon, I highly recommend you listen to it. The podcast is by Sally Edwards, who is a Series Spokeswoman, triathlon legend, and Triathlon Hall of Famer. She will have a series of podcasts on the website, and in this first one she encourages you to realize that you CAN be a triathlete, no matter who you are. She also offers tips on how to get started on training for your first triathlon.
And finally, the winner of the Danskin Triathlon race entry is:
She Rocks Fitness, please contact me and I will pass your information on in order to claim your race entry to a Danskin Race.
If you didn't win, I really do hope you decide to sign up for a Danskin Race this summer. For girs, ages 14-21, they do offer a discounted rate of $60, so please check that out here. For the Webster race there will be 3 opportunities to pick up your packet which makes it even more convenient to race especially if you are driving in. I hope to see you there!
*I was not compensated for this post. The Danskin Triathlon Series has given me a race entry as well as one race entry for my readers in exchange for me posting about their event. All opinions are my own.