Off Topic Thursday: Triathlon

28 Jun

I’ve been building to this Off Topic Thursday topic for a while now. Did anyone else notice my last three months were swimming, biking, and running? This month, it’s all about combining the three and talking about triathlons!

I did my first triathlon in 2004 when I was 14. It was a sprint distance race that I did with a friend on my swim team. The joke was on me because that friend was a runner and I was not. It went OK but I didn’t return to triathlon until 2014 after I got married. I looked up my results and all I can say is at least I got faster! I tried on my own through 2014 and 2015. At the end of 2015, I was suffering from bad knee pain when I ran and was limited to about a mile before I had to stop walking. Biking wasn’t so bad but it still wasn’t good. I was about to bow out of my last tri of the season, which I’d already registered for when my husband and a friend suggested we do a relay. It’s the only one I’ve done to date and I have to say it was amazing and I hope I can do another one again.

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Fist place Sprint Relay team! Go Team Bishop!!!

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In 2016, I decided to get serious and hired a virtual coach. I’ve met him in person a handful of times since he lives ten miles from me. He’d send me workouts to do each day and help me increase mileage and intensity of my workouts. With his help, I finished my first Olympic distance triathlon in September of that year.

I continued with my coach in 2017 and also set a crazy goal of doing a race per month. I over-committed and ended up with more than one per month and a total of 5 triathlons (2 Olympic, 3 Sprint). The schedule was a bit too much for me and I didn’t perform very well. However, I got into a great rhythm with my training.

I decided not to retain my coach for 2018, but I’m keeping him in mind for some goals I have for next year (keep reading). I joined a club team this year and last week I did my first tri as a team member. It’s fun to have a community that will push me instead of relying on myself. I’m hoping to participate in more of the workouts now that my class is over and I have a lot more time during the week. I’ve been taking part in weekend swims since January but it’s time to change my focus to triathlon as a whole. I have one more race this year, an Olympic in September on a course that I’ve done twice already and am excited to dominate again.

I do have one crazy goal. Well, half crazy. I want to complete a Half Ironman in 2019. The September race I’ve done has that distance as an option and I think I can do it. I’m doing a half marathon later this year to remind myself how much training this will involve but I really think I’ve got this. School will be done and I can devote more time to biking and running (I think I’m good on the swim).

I want to do a few sprint tris next year as well. I came really close to breaking 1:30 last week and I think I can do it! I just cramp up like I did before. That would be a good way to end my run. I’m thinking of focusing more on open water swims in 2020 along with some road races. I really just don’t like biking, haha.

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9 Responses to “Off Topic Thursday: Triathlon”

  1. Amanda McGill June 28, 2018 at 3:30 PM #

    It’s refreshing to get a non-book post! I’m a big runner, but my husband just ventured into triathlons last summer (2017) and needless to say he got hooked. Really hooked! He will be doing his first Ironman this August in Mont- Tremblant!


    • Sam June 28, 2018 at 9:26 PM #

      Oh wow! Way more hooked than me haha. Glad to talk to another running book worm! I’m excited to audiobook during my run tomorrow morning. Happy running!

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  2. Whimsically Meghan June 28, 2018 at 5:09 PM #

    I swear you are so athletic… you put me to shame! 😝I need the dedication that you have to commit to these things! My goal was to take my bike out every week… but it seems every week I have an excuse, ‘oh it’s raining today’ ‘oh it’s way too hot’ I really need to whip myself into shape, I just have commitment issues. All that to say though, I have all the confidence you will succeed with your goal! 🙂


    • Sam June 28, 2018 at 9:27 PM #

      Thank you! Biking in the rain can be absolutely miserable, to your credit! It’s not as bad on hot days because you keep a steady wind. Good luck getting out and exploring your local area. Happy reading!

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      • Whimsically Meghan June 29, 2018 at 4:42 PM #

        Haha, thanks. We’re under a severe heat alert for this weekend so I don’t think it’s a good idea, but I’ll try if it’s not too hot!

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  3. trithisworld October 9, 2018 at 3:42 AM #

    Great read, thanks for sharing. Love the ‘off topic’ idea. With your background in the sport, absolutely you can do a 70.3! Mind over matter. All the best 🙂


    • Sam October 9, 2018 at 4:48 AM #

      Thank you! I’m really intimidated just thinking of it. My training will change but I think I can be ready. Happy training!

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  4. ZandMninjahealth November 9, 2018 at 12:29 PM #

    Thats awesome!
    I did my first triathlon this past June and was hooked from there on. I did an Xterra event in August in which my bike broke, with 4 kids on a small budget a new bike is a ways away so Im focusing a lot on running and swimming. Im a great runner, and a decent swimmer, kind of.
    Wake up early, go to sleep late, but get the rest you need. Fuel your body with anti inflammtory foods and concentrate on honing in race day nutrition. Practice! Good luck with everything, keep us updated on how you do in everything! YOu got this


    • Sam November 9, 2018 at 12:36 PM #

      Thank you. I’ve been enjoying the sport a lot as well and learning about nutrition. Good luck getting a new bike to keep competing. I’ve never done Xterra because mountain biking terrifies me. Happy racing!


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