Triathlon from scratch
I hate cardio, no I REALLY hate cardio.
I've never been good at anything where endurance is needed.
So it makes sense to do a triathlon right?
Last year I drunkenly agreed to do a 10k run with a friend. The ba5tard thing nearly killed me. I had about 6 weeks to go from couch potatoe to a position where I could drag myself the distance.
That was over a year ago and I can safely say that doing something similar has not crossed my mind not even for a split second.
Fast forward to me waking up with a hangover on the Sunday before Christmas to the sigt of 43 WhatsApp messages.
All my mates were killing them selves because apparently I had agreed to to a triathlon in April. We had all the heart attack, stroke jokes, oh how I laughed......
This is like a bad version of Groundhog Day but instead of Bill Murray getting the girl he spends the next few weeks torturing himself. I need to stop drinking because I can't guarantee what I'm going to agree to next.
I played along until midday expecting the old 'fishing' image. That never came. Instead a video was posted which had me bang to rights.
I fecking hate cardio, did I mention that? Worse than cardio though is making a bet/deal that you don't go through with so feck it, I'm going balls deep into this thing.
I Spent the rest of Sunday nursing a sore head and researching the s4it out of things.
750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run. I was a little daunted but I have over 3 months to work up to it. Swimming was always a strength as a youngster 25 years ago , I'm sure I must be able to still swim reasonably. The bike, hmmm that's going to need some work. I have an older bike but haven't ridden it for 3 years, time to get the oil out. Run 5k, piece of piss in isolation but after the swim and ride, oh the joy.
Then I was a little bit sick in my mouth. I had been reading up on Sprint Triathlons. That would have been the sensible thing to agree to but no, n0bhead here has to act all billy big balls and agree to
Run is 1k less than Olympic distance but bike is 5k more. Swim is a short swim. Absolutely bl00dy typical, the only thing I'm ok at and they strip that back and add in a longer ride, behave!
I've put this to the back of my mind and said I will begin in earnest after New Years. Well that came around quick, things you are fearing have a habit of rolling round fast.
I sat down with a pen and paper and scribbled a rough plan. Ride, run and swim as much as I can during the week and actually do gradually increasing Tri's on the weekend. Basically I have worked backwards from Race Day and deducted 10% each week from the distance the week before. This will work in reverse so this weekend coming will be the shortest training Tri and will increase by 10% each week, building up to full distance and allowing a deload week at the end. Oh and I'm also going to run a push/pull weight routine 3 times a week (1.5 a fortnight frequency per muscle group)
No idea if it's going to work but it makes sense in my head.
These 3 months are going to see me get in the best shape of my life.
That or kill me.
post edited by billy2shots - 2018/12/31 12:25:57