I’ve been asking myself that question for several years now. Having added cycling to my arsenal of sports activities, which already included swimming and running, I just couldn’t ignore the idea that I should do a triathlon.
Most people fear the swimming portion the most. But in my case, that was my first entry into distance sports. It goes way back to the days of a country club swimming pool, being a little squirt on the swim team, and spending years doing laps to get my 100 mile trophy. When I put on the Freshman 10 (or so) in college, I turned to swimming to slim down again. And I’ve kept it up ever since. So in theory, I have that bit licked, as I regularly swim 1 3/4 miles for my workout. But those are laps in the pool. A whole lot different from open water swimming in a lake surrounded by a lot of flailing arms and legs. Hmmm.
On to running. I took that up when the kids were little and I could squeeze in a run on my lunch hour without giving up family time. Naturally 10Ks quickly led to a half-marathon, and on to marathons. Running has become my primary sport. So I’m not at all worried about that.
That leaves cycling. Since taking up cycle touring a couple of years ago, I have logged many a mile on my bike. And on our trips I tote 26 pounds or more of gear for days (sometimes months) on end. Yeah, I can manage the distance on a bike.
The components are all there. I just haven’t taken the plunge to put them all together. Yet.
That’s all about to change. I might have procrastinated forever, but my son, Erik, called my bluff when he gave me the “entry to the triathlon of my choice” for Mothers’ Day. So come July 12, I will be out there swimming-biking-running at the Lifetime Tri in Minneapolis. Wish me luck. I’m going to Tri my best.