Initially, I mentioned the idea of a Triathlon, believing it to be a pipe dream. Mainly, I was under the impression that training for a triathlon would pretty much downsize every other part of my life – social life, degree, writing life.. I saw them all being squashed into a tiny corner of my triathalonated brain. Having considered the idea a little more carefully, I am beginning to wonder if this decision might have been a little hasty.
Here’s the deal – it’s 13th December. I have until 11th January before i’m back at uni. In these 4 weeks, I cannot get a job (i’ve tried – believe me!), I may be doing some voluntary work, and I have to finish off my dissertation. In an entire month, that isn’t a lot to achieve. My best friends do not have every hour of the day in order to entertain me, and it’s likely i’ll see them mostly in the evenings. All this leads me to the conclusion I can comfortably fit in 1-2 hours training a day, without letting it interfere too much with my life… My ‘fear of compromising the rest of my life’ excuse has thus been exorcised.
The idea of competing is also one that sometimes fills me with a little dread. However, the dread is mingled with excitement. Following any sort of competition, I always tell myself, and everyone around me, not to let me forget the feeling that follows a successful competition.
When it comes down to it, there’s no harm in trying something out. At the age of twenty, i’ve got so much ahead of me. I’m sometimes struck with the realisation that in many ways, I have total freedom. In September, I will (hopefully!) be beginning an incredibly intensive course in Journalism. Those 10, or 20 (still deciding!) weeks will probably be the busiest of my life. If I want to give a triathalon a go – now is the time to do it.
Quite obviously, I will be aiming for the shortest triathlon, which consists of this:
Swim: 750 METRES / Cycle: 20 KM / Run: 5 KM
Obviously, running is going to be a little tricky for a more weeks, but I can work up to it. Right now, it’s my swimming that needs the most attention. Now, I have no idea what is reasonable to achieve, what is expected, or anything really! But, tomorrow i’m going to give this a go:
WARM UP – 150 M – EASY SWIM TO GET USE TO THE WATER
LEG KICK – 4 X 25 M – USE A FLOAT IN FRONT FRONT CRAWL LEG KICK
DISTANCE – 2 X 200 – AIM TO WORK ON YOUR BREATHING @ STEADY PACE
DRILLS 6 X 25 – CONCENTRATE ON HAND ENTRY AND LEG KICK
SPRINT 4 X 25 – WORK TO INCREASE YOUR SPEED FRONT CRAWL ONLY
COOL DOWN 100 M – EASY SWIM FOCUS ON YOUR BREATHING
I’ll give it a go, assess if it’s too much (likely), or too little (v. unlikely!), and then adjust.
The Internet really is a beautiful thing. Granted, it has its drawbacks. I’m sure Waterstones is feeling a tremble in the knees with the introduction of Google books, and the Internet porn industry has a lot to answer for in making porn disgustingly easy for little boys and girls to spoil their ideas of intimacy with. However (before I go off on a tangent), it has made it very easy for people to gain new intrests, and to truly develop new skills, with the advice of those who know what they’re talking about. Without the Internet, it would be so much harder to know where to start, and I think I might just give up altogether!
Anyway – i’m taking a deep breath, and preparing to take this Triathalon idea seriosuly. At least, until next term… or maybe just til September… or… maybe i’ll try and keep it up later.. let’s wait and see..