Preparing for My First Triathlon

I’ve been wanting to participate in a triathlon for years. It’s been on my New Years resolution list for a while now. So this was the year, it’s finally time. I think the biggest thing holding me back was swimming. But I’ve been in the pool for almost a year so far. Am I ready, I have no idea, but less than a week till I’ll find out.

Preparing for My First Triathlon has been a challenge, and still don’t know what to expect. I’ve done a lot of training, and I do feel prepared, however there is a lot of unknowns still.

Swimming, I’ve worked really hard to improve. I still feel like I’m slow, and never got an open water swim practice in. I’ve not swam in a wetsuit either, so these are all factors that might effect the outcome in the triathlon. I do have an idea of what my time will be, so we’ll see how it all plays out.

Biking, I feel confident here. I’ve always been a cyclist and I know that I have the strength here. The course is short and I know I can push hard on the bike. I don’t know what to expect time wise though. I very rarely ride hard and as short. I also am not sure what to expect with other riders on the course.

Running, I’ve been running a lot lately. But mostly slow. I was really surprised when I ran my first half marathon back in May. I was able to really dig deep and push beyond what I thought I was cable of. For a 5K, I feel like I’ll be able to do this again. I’m not quite sure how it will feel coming off the bike though.

While I feel, I’ve done a good job preparing for each sport, combining them is a whole other story. I feel like maybe I should have done some more brick workouts. But with less than a week to go there is not much I can do at this point.

I’m spending the week tapering, doing some shorter workouts and avoiding strength training all together.

We’ll see how it all plays out on Sunday. I just hope I’m able to preform well and that I enjoy myself. My real goal is to get into some longer distance events, but I still don’t know if I’ll even enjoy it.

Bottom line, I’m excited and looking forward to the challenge.


Growing up in Colorado you can't help but love the outdoors. Something magical happens with 300 days of sunshine and the Rocky Mountains in your back yard. My athletic endeavors started on the bike, I would get out and ride whenever I could. In 2011 I moved to Oxford, England for work. I missed the sunshine and mountains, but discovered my passion for running. When I moved back to Colorado I started combining cycling and running, so it was only natural that I started competing in triathlons. I took second place at my first sprint, and caught the bug. Today I'm training for my first Ironman.

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