I have decided to challenge myself physically, and I am planning to do a sprint triathlon in early June. What is a sprint triathlon, you ask? I don’t know if all of them are the same, but the one I am doing is a half mile swim, followed by a 12 mile bike ride, then a 5k. Finishing with an awesome time is not my goal; just to finish is. I’m excited, scared, and nervous. It should be a very interesting experience for me on a lot of levels. I’m a fine, if not super fast, swimmer. I can walk/jog a 5k in a reasonable amount of time. But when I was 14, I was riding my bike in a parking lot and was hit by a car. It wasn’t a huge deal, I just got knocked over, my bike was banged up, and I had a few nasty scrapes. But it was very traumatic, and I haven’t really gotten on a bike since.
There is a training program that I am following. I’m very comfortable with the swimming portion, I’m working on getting faster with the 5k part, and, well, I got on my bike for the first time in 15 years this past weekend. Training for walking/jogging is pretty easy, even on the road. Training for swimming is certainly doable. But training for biking? Should be interesting. The only thing I can come up with is to ride my bike as much as possible while home, and train on stationary bikes on the road.
I do yoga while traveling for work all the time, but that requires almost no extra stuff and minimal space requirements. Packing for this trip (Florida), for the first time I spent more time figuring out my workout clothes than my work clothes. Plus, in order to keep to my three pairs of shoes rule I only brought ONE pair of work shoes! Wow. The hotel where I am staying has a large pool and a workout room. Hopefully I can find time in between meetings to make use of them!
Does anyone have tips for me for training for a triathlon on the road?