Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Triathlon Training and Danskin Entry Winner

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.

I am 12 weeks away from the Webster, Massachusetts, Danskin Triathlon so it is time to start thinking about training.  Since I still plan on training for longer distance run events, I don't necessarily plan on following a triathlon plan as much as adding swimming and biking to my current schedule.  Based on what I have been reading, 8 weeks is a good amount of time for a beginner triathlon training program.  

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.

5 comments:

Laura said...

Congrats on purchasing your own domain! I'm seriously considering the tri on June 3, although it's 3 hours away in Austin, which makes things a bit more complicated. But I think it would be a blast! Nice job on your brick run... I've only done one, but they are harder than they sound!

Meaghan said...

Eek! You're going to have SO MUCH FUN doing your first tri - I bet you'll get sucked into the longer distance triathlons in no time!

Misszippy1 said...

You're going to love triathlon! I really like triathlon races more than running races--more fun. But I don't love the cycling training anymore, which is why I am pretty much just a runner these days w/ a little cross training thrown in. And on the IM distance--I did it and here's the thing: when you finish 112 miles on the bike, your body is actually pretty darn happy to switch up muscle groups!

Jess said...

I can't even fathom how hard a brick workout must feel on those legs after the bike. You are so strong, clearly, based on that pace, post-bike! You are my hero, seriously :)

Jolene said...

Brick workouts sound so so intense!! I am excited to hear how your training goes!