CHARLES TOWN – Say the word “triathlon,” and many people think of the suffer fest called Ironman –a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike race and a full, 26.2-mile marathon, a trio done back-to-back-to-back, with no break.
But there are ways to put the triathlon with reach. A mini-triathlon means a shorter pool swim, a bike ride of just six to 10 miles and a one- to two-mile run. Other versions call for a 1500-meter swim, a 40K bike ride and a 10K run.
What if you can’t swim but still want to enjoy the thrill of a multi-sport race? A duathlon is run, bike, run event with distances from mini to long course just like triathlon. It’s just as much fun as a tri without the water combat in the beginning. There are some locally put on by RacineMultiSports.com that are perfect for all fitness levels. For events close to home including ones designed for kids, go to LocoRacing.org.
Another way to tackle a triathlon is to cover the distance as a relay team. Your dream of doing a triathlon does not have to be dissolved because you can’t swim or you hate riding a bike. Get your runner friend who never bikes or your swimmer friend who doesn’t even own sneakers and compete as a team!
Being a part of a team is rewarding and motivating. Having people count on you is great motivation to stick with a training plan and push yourself a little harder.
The best part is you get to play outside all summer and call it “training.” Re-capture your youth and find an energy and excitement about health and fitness that may have been dulled by the monotony of your current workout program.
Of course I’d be happy to help you get started through my business, Core Connections Coaching. We take an injury-prevention approach to training so you may enjoy a healthy lifestyle for many years.
Already dealing with an injury? Come and see me at Capitol Rehab in Charles Town for a free evaluation and I’ll see what we can do for you to get you back in action.
—Laura Bergmann works at Capitol Rehab and Gold’s Gym in Charles Town.