Wednesday, September 30, 2009

My First Triathlon: The Beaver Freezer

Once I decided that I was going to participate in triathlons I had to pick a race. So I looked for races around my local area and found the first race of the season, the Beaver Freezer, in Corvallis, I was in!

This race happens in april which means lots of rain and cold but I was ready to do it anyway. The swim would be 20 lengths in the pool so that made me feel a little more comfortable. I trained through the winter and before I knew it it was the day before the race. I drove to Corvallis it was a nice sunny day, this must be a sign I thought. Checked into my hotel and it was hard to relax, the nerves were getting the best of me but I kept thinking to myself it will be fine the weather tomorrow will be like today. At around midnight I finally fell asleep.

At 5am I was rudely woken up by the alarm to frost on the cars and then about half an hour later pouring rain, of course. I got to the course watched other people set up and did what they did, the atmosphere was great and everyone seemed friendly so I started to relax.

Once I started to swim that was it, I had started now I just had to finish, all I wanted to do was finish. I left the pool, ran outside into the pouring rain, put on my rain gear rode in the rain, overheated, then ran in the rain and finished right in the middle of the pack. Once I caught my breath I thought to myself not bad! I wonder when the next race is?! Thats when I became a triathlete....

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

How do I get started?!?!?!

Getting started in the sport of triathlon can be overwhelming since there are three sports you are trying to do. It is important to first choose the distance you want to participate in Sprint being the shortest distance and Ironman being the longest. Below I will post some links to training plans. These are good plans and if followed will help you complete your goal in no time.

Good luck, enjoy, and share your thoughts and experiences!

Sprint Triathlon Training Plan:
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Olympic Triathlon Training Plan:
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Half Ironman Triathlon Training Plan:
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Ironman Training Plan:
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How it all Started

Like many people after college an inactive lifestyle and poor diet led to me gaining some extra lbs. I realized I had to do something, so I started to eat healthy, jog once in a while and ride my bike to work. These things made me healthier and helped me lose some wight but then I hit a wall and no more pounds were coming off.

What should I do? What should I do I thought? how can I lose those last few pounds? Then a light bulb went off in my head, triathlon....... Triathlon is going to be perfect I thought, I already jog, I already ride the 1 mile to work, when I was a teenager I was a swimmer. Perfect!

And so the journey began. It was hard and still is but it is one of the funnest things I have done in my life. Its sometimes hard to stay motivated so tell me your story. The goal of this post is to swap experiences and share the best deals.