While I was sidelined indefinitely from running I did a lot of biking and swimming to try to replace pounding the pavement. During this time I realized a few things:
1. Biking makes me feel hardcore because I can get in a lot of miles in a short amount of time. Even though I know this logic is severely flawed, I compared my biking mileage to my running mileage and it made me feel a teensy bit better.
2. I really missed swimming. I grew up always on a swim team and I love being in the water. Swimming makes me feel powerful in a way that is different than running and I love the fluidness that comes with flip-turning at the end of each lap and flowing into the next. Swimming is something that comes effortlessly to me.
That being said, I was asked many times, especially by my dad, if all of that swimming and biking I was doing was going to turn into a triathlon.
None of these people are me. But you probably knew that.
The answer, right now, is no.
I know that it seems like a natural progression, however I just have no desire to do one. I can’t even really pinpoint why I don’t want to, I just don’t.
I also haven’t been swimming or biking in weeks. The biking I am iffy on as it is, but the swimming I really did intend on keeping up. But for one reason or another (ok, it’s so I can run) I’ve skipped out on any swims I’ve scheduled into my planner during the week. I want to eventually pick it back up again, but for now I want to just love that I can run again. I want to build up my mileage and I want to focus on slowly gaining back all of the speed and endurance that I lost.
Here I am running fast! And I am happy! And I love running!
I am also inherently lazy when it comes to working out. This probably sounds like a contradiction, because it takes a lot of motivation to not only find the time to work out, but also to actually do it, so how can I be lazy? To put it simply, I have to go to the gym to swim or bike. I own a treadmill so I can just walk to a room in my house to do that. When my alarm goes off in the morning and the option is to walk to the other side of the house or drive to the gym guess what always wins?
And then there’s the fact that I just don’t want to work out that much. Right now I’m in a bit of a lull when it comes to working out (if you follow me on DailyMile then you know that my strength-training has been virtually nonexistent) and I’ve kind of enjoyed just taking it easy and only working out for 30-45 minutes a day. After rigorous two-a-day workouts for weeks, taking it a bit slower has been divine. I feel like triathlon training would result in one thing for me: being burned out. And I don’t want to be burned out, I want to run.
My hat is off to everyone who does triathlons. I am in awe of your ability to keep up with three sports. However I just don’t see myself competing in one any time soon. Though I did say the same thing about never doing a marathon and we all know how that one turned out. So we’ll see. But not this year.
Any triathlon junkies out there? How on earth do you manage all 3 sports?!