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Triathlon Training – The Road Ahead

On August 5th, 2012, I will be participating in the Philadelphia SheRox Sprint Triathlon. What is a sprint triathlon? A shorter distance triathlon, and it is composed of three sports: swimming, cycling and running – .6K (.37 mile) swim, 25K (15.5 mile) bike, 5K (3.1 mile) run. The three sports are completed in succession with without any time outs.

As many of my readers know, I’m solid regarding running. Cycling and swimming fall into my ‘needs improvement’ category.  My swimming background consists of an advanced open water (PADI) SCUBA certification and occasional laps in a 25 meter pool. Definite improvement needed!

Bicycling, that is a different story.  I’ve loved bicycling since I was a kid.  I can still picture my first bicycle – white banana seat bike with multicolored frills hanging off the handle bars. I logged many miles on that bike. Over the years my bike grew as I did – from a candy apple blue 10 speed to a Trek Hybrid 7100. Unfortunately, 3 years ago while returning home from bike ride in Pennypack park, I was sideswiped by a motorist making a right hand turn. The rear view mirror on the passenger side whacked my knee nearly knocking me to the ground. The motorist continued on their way and I hobbled home, iced my knee and never took the bike out again.

My Tri Bike - Lexa S

I signed up for the sprint triathlon partly to get over the gut clench reaction every time I thought about taking the bike out for a spin. It took a while, but I decided not to let this incident dictate my fitness activities, especially one that I love. I still have the hybrid because it is still a great bicycle. I’ve invested in the Trek Lexa S as my triathlon/fitness bike. I have to say, it feels right and good to get back to cycling.

Oh yeah, I’ve so much to learn about bike maintenance – seriously! It took 20 minutes with assistance to figure out how to release and reattach the front tire. A tire change is a complete mystery to me. This is completely unacceptable. I’m determined not to be in the dark about basic bicycle care and plan on attending numerous maintenance workshops.

P.S.: The new bike needs a new name, submit your suggestion in the comment section. Oh, it is a girl bike :)

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3 responses to “Triathlon Training – The Road Ahead

  1. Trevor Hilton

    I was gonna suggest calling it the General Lee, but that ain’t no girlly name. :)

  2. Jack Rackim

    Tania, I admire your spirit. Good luck with your training for the triathlon.
    Nice bike. I think the proper name for it is Cinderella.
    I have no particular reason for the name other than that is what came to me while looking at the picture.
    Please write about your triathlon training experiences.
    Thank you.

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