Woah, six weeks into triathlon training already! It has been several months since I took the plunge and joined the Iron North Triathlon Club and only several weeks since I committed to completing a 70.3 Ironman race rather than an Olympic Distance, either of which is a challenging endeavor. How is it going you may ask? What challenges have I faced? What have I learned?
Let’s start with the highlights so far. Number one on my list of triathlon related accomplishments is my new relationship with swimming. As many of you who may know me personally, or have read my previous blog post, swimming just isn’t my thing. I used to groan at the mere thought of having to go to the pool. The whole process was a drag; packing up my stuff, getting into my swim gear, showering, the actual attempt at swimming, and then the whole shower and pack up process after. Simply put, I DID NOT WANT TO DO IT. Let’s fast forward a few months later where I follow, as close as I can, the training plan Iron North has laid out for us and I am attending weekly swim sessions with Geordie McConnell from the Ottawa Triathlon Club (OTC). Not only has heading out to a swim workout 2-3 times a week just become a part of my weekly routine, I honestly don’t dread it anymore. I just do it, and sometimes, I even catch myself enjoying it. Secondly, in just six weeks, I already feel stronger and confident that if I were to complete any of the smaller triathlons I participated in last Summer, tomorrow, I could do it, and I would totally rock it!
Alright, so, it has been six tough and enlightening weeks. Here is what I have learned and found works for me when it comes to balancing training with all that other life stuff. Continue reading