Sometime in early January I decided, for the third time in my life, that I was going to train for an Olympic distance triathlon. This is a weird decision to make once, let alone three times, since I despise swimming and cycling.
Now, 3.5 months later, I’m looking at options to train for a full Ironman Triathlon between now and June 3, 2020 when my 50th birthday hits me like a brick.
I still truly suck at swimming, but I hate it less. I can’t say I enjoy cycling alone, but it’s wonderful with the right company.
One month from now I’ll update on how that first Olympic distance attempt has gone. Or, if I fail, I’ll delete this post and cover my tracks and never mention it again.
I’ve tried this before. I’ve decided I want to do a triathlon. I bought ‘Triathlon Training for the Time-Crunched Athlete’ and never found time to read it.
Now, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I simply don’t have time to do this. I don’t have time to train properly and develop the necessary swimming and cycling skills to effectively complete a triathlon.
It’s amazing how, sometimes, realizing how futile and impossible something is…makes you dig deep and find determination to pull off the impossible.
This time, I’m going to make it happen. I am going to complete an Olympic Triathlon to start, and make it to a Half Ironman in the first half of 2020. One way or another, this will be the time that it happened.