So, last week in a cycling class, the teacher gave a shout out to a group of people in the class who had done a triathlon. It sort of set off a light bulb in my head that swimming has always come pretty easily, and now I am biking a lot. The missing piece is the hardest part for me: running. I am not built for it, I never did it as a kid and I just generally don't enjoy it very much. I trained and ran a 5k the summer after my sophomore year of college. Then I stopped and didn't start again until I had Django as a puppy who needed to run off some energy. So, at my peak, I could run about 7 miles (two laps around Prospect Park in Brooklyn). That was 2008 though. I irritated my ilio tibial band during lunges after running and was in a lot of pain, even months after I stopped running.
So, this weekend I thought, what the hell. I am going to try to run. I know I could get back into swimming easily, and the biking is going well. I got on the treadmill and said to myself, I will stop running when I can't do it anymore. The goal was 5k, but I thought I might only get halfway there before I had to slow down and walk.
I made the font bigger on my Kindle and started reading the complete Sherlock Holmes which I downloaded for free. (Booya.)
I did it. I walked .25 kilometers to get warmed up and then ran 5 kilometers. Hot damn. I was tired and I wanted to quit all through the first mile or so and then the story got good ("A Study in Scarlet"). I think this has everything to do with cycling.
I was in a fair bit of muscle pain on Monday and Tuesday and I took a cycling class last night (Tuesday) and I was hurting. But, the possibility is there.
So now I am trying to decide if this is worth it. The Music City triathlon isn't at a good time for us, but the Race the Bridge Triathlon is. I would do the "sprint" length, which is 750 meters swim, 20 k bike, 5 k run. The swimming is in the river!
I like the idea of having this tangible goal to motivate me and by which I can measure my progress. But, I feel like maybe I am taking on more than I can handle. I have until May to get the current registration rate, so I am going to think it over. I only have 3-4 days a week to "train" so I don't know if that is enough. I think I could easily do any of those things by themselves, but perhaps all in a row is too much.