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How to Tri?

Posted: September 1, 2010 in Sprint
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Every since the first staging of Iron Man Camsur, it has been at the back of mind to join a triathlon. Why? Simply because it’s the next thing to do after doing a marathon. Yes, some might say, I can chose to be an ultra marathoner but the thing is, running a marathon for almost 5 hours is boring enough for me, what more if I would be doing it for 8 hours? Not a chance.

So why triathlon? First, I think I can swim well. Actually I use to swim even before I started to run! I was forced to swim a lot when I was in college and during those times I was really on the heavy side. I think I was close to 180 lbs. Survival swimming was actually part of the of our P.E. then, together with mountain climbing (what kind of a school would require freshmen to do these, right?). In survival swimming, for us to pass the course, we were tasked to do around 25 laps in the Olympic pool. Then jump from a high board, (which I have no idea how high, but most likely around 3-stories) and then thread for 30 minutes without touching the sides of the pool (once you go near it, you fail and would have to repeat the whole thing next semester, bummer isn’t it) and mind you it was a really deep pool made for high diving. And it does not end there, lastly we would have to swim 50 meters under water without catching breathe, now this one, I did not get to pass. I tell you, it was not a pretty sight at all. You can actually see vomit around the pool,that’s how rigid our class was. However, right after passing the course I realized that I was starting to miss our twice a week swimming training, not to mention I was gaining weight really fast.  So even before the start of the new semester, I was back on the pool. Actually I only stopped swimming when I trained for my first marathon.

Second, I can bike. Not really good with it though because I am really terrible with balance and clumsy as hell. I tell you, I most likely would have the worst hand and body coordination if I would join a triathlon. Case in point, when I was in grade 5 and lining up for our flag ceremony, the high school volleyball varsity was doing their daily practice (yayabang ng mga yun!!!) near the quadrangle. So since I was the class president, I was asking everyone to line up properly, then boom! Right smack in my face, straight from a full spike, a volleyball ball in full collision right at the center. I tell you, I almost fainted right after but to save face, if there was even something left to save, I went straight to the corner and find a seat. My classmates were even suppose to put me on a stretcher because I was really pale (from shame most likely) but I said I was fine. So while seating at the sides, I remembered that I left my bag, so I went back. As soon as I was beginning to reach for my bag, BOOM! Would you believe it? I guess the probability would be at par with being struck by lightning twice, right? So again, right smack in the face, straight from a full spike, a volleyball ball in full collision at the center. I wasn’t brought to the clinic since I declined but now it got me thinking, maybe I wouldn’t be wishing for a rhinoplasty if I had better hand and body coordination (kiddin! but around how much does it cost nowadays? haha..)

Third, I think I can run. No point talking about this one, since the whole blog is basically about this one thing.

Now, why not? Well, that is simple! I don’t know how to and I don’t know anyone who I can ask! All I know is that I have to do all three activities and that I can do all three. Triathletes, seem to have this impenetrable clique, unto which I don’t have any idea how to join and how one works. In running, all you have to do is check out the running schedule in, register, then run! Easy right? In triathlon, I simply have no idea. Another reason would be the fact that I have a mountain bike and not a road bike. Simply because I worry for my life when in public roads since I have very poor balance. But now all this may change, Xterra, an off road triathlon is being brought here by the same guys who brought in Iron man and the distances they will initially offer seems to be simple enough and doable for beginners like me.

So what next? Right after my New York Marathon, I still don’t know but well see how soon I can tri.