The message came through Facebook from my best friend. “When are we doing a triathlon?”
My response was fairly straight-forward. “A tri? How about never? Does never work for you?” I have to live up to the Reluctant Hubby “brand” after all. His reply back came through quickly. “If you can run a 5K, you can do a small tri. The swimming isn’t as bad as you think.”
My friend has completed at least three triathlons in the sprint distance, which is a 750-meter swim (just shy of a half mile), 20K bike ride, and 5K run. He’s right. Individually I could do all of those without much difficulty. I used to ride 10K a day when I’d commute to and from my office on my bike. I’ve started running 5Ks. But swimming …
I used to spend weekends with the same friend’s family on their boat. We’d go all over, drop anchor, and take a dip. I’d more than likely jump in the water and immediately swim as fast as I could straight back to the boat. I’ve never been a water person. When I was little I used to go to my grandparents’ beach house and race towards the water only to stop on a dime and race back up the beach as the waves came in. If I got a toe wet it was a good day swimming.
And yet I’m also intrigued by the idea. The sprint distances aren’t really that intimidating after all. I’m not looking to set the world on fire with my pace, just complete the experience and say I’ve done it. Perhaps this goes back to the Ironman Triathlon, the one time a year I’m guaranteed to well up as I watch the race on television. I’ve never been to Hawaii but want to travel and experience the race as a spectator. I am always amazed that these average people (and the pros, but more so the Jane and Joe Publics) can accomplish this athletic feat of 2.4 miles in the ocean, 112 miles on a bike, and then run a full marathon.
The challenge, of course, is training. I can run. I can bike. But can I swim? I don’t know, and the time management necessary to do all this is something that would have to be discussed with the family. I think, for now, I’ll put “triathlon” in my theoretical bucket list, in the maybe category next to run a marathon once and kayak 20+ miles.
But I’d love to hear of any successful stories of readers who have gone down this path and what your experience was like. Thanks.
Previously on The Reluctant Hubby: “A Weighty Topic”
photo credit: Micheal Foley