I know I love all three disciplines in triathlon when I don’t want to skip a workout and miss it when I have rest day. Today is my scheduled rest day, well active rest day. I started the morning in the pool practicing my flip turns. Getting my legs tucked in for the flip has been a challenge. The result has been more of a side roll rather that flip. Today I made good progress. I am even considering a late afternoon practice tomorrow, if I have time. After the pool I made my way to the gym treadmills and walked 2.5 miles. It is so tempting to run, but I know my walking is helping my aerobic base and increasing my fat burning ability.
A friend asked me today if I am growing gills yet with all of the swimming I am doing. That is when I realized how much I love swimming, a sport I was by far the worst at and have struggled the most to improve upon. Cycling has always been my strongest sport, I am on a cycling hiatus this winter while I focus first on my swimming and second on maintaining my running base. With the weather improving and reading more blogs on cycling, I am anxious to get back on the bike in April. Running, like swimming, is a sport I have to work hard at to get faster. I have the leg strength, just lack the God given aerobic strength. But like any other muscles, I am strengthening my lungs and heart and I am seeing the improvement.
When I first took up triathlon nearly 13 years ago, I couldn’t say I loved it. I was enjoying the challenge of running and wanted to get faster. I saw triathlon as a mountain I wanted to climb. Along the way I developed such a passion for the sport, I wanted more. My first half iron triathlon was almost ten years ago. I was so burned out from the training, I hung my bike up for almost seven years. I swam a bit during the time off and continued running. I can not say what exactly changed in me the summer of 2009, but I started with a sprint triathlon, my friend caught the bug too and became my training partner, and we have been on a tear ever since. Having a friend to train with is a big help, but we both are individually motivated and keep to our training if we are not able to meet. Now I can not imagine not participating in the sport. If I hadn’t decided to take on the challenge of three disciplines I was not very good at, I would have never found my driving passion. I saw a couple holding hands walking to the swim start at a race last year. Triathlon body markings include the athlete’s age on the back of one calf. They were both 65 years old. I hope I will be doing this at that age and motivating the younger athletes behind me to keep at it.