A few years ago when I turned 30 I put together a 40 things(ish) to do before I’m 40 list which I have been slowly plugging away at. One of those items was to attempt an Iron Man triathlon which is quite a big deal because it requires quite a lot of dedication, support, and, of course, stubborn training. So just like most things, I can’t just jump into an Iron Man right away but have to build up to it instead.
I’ve reached a point now where I’ve done a sprint distance triathlon (750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run) and was very excited to have completed it. However, the one thing that I did not enjoy about it was that I didn’t train properly or enough and ended up getting myself injured and out of commission for a month or so with various issues with my ever-present ankle injury from a few years ago and some pulled muscles.
So this time around, when I signed up for the Olympic distance triathlon (1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run) I decided that I would do my damndest to make sure I didn’t repeat the mistakes I made during my sprint distance tri and make sure I get the proper training in place. So I put together a plan and started well in advance of the recommended training times to get my body used to the training regimen. I’ve been swimming 3 times a week, playing squash on and off, and lifting weights to keep my muscles tight and trained up to prevent any injuries while doing the 3 triathlon sports.
When we moved to Kelowna I noticed that there were a lot of seriously athletic people and after getting some tips from my chiropractor and massage therapist, who pointed at the same club, I decided to go have a chat with one of their trainers. The group is called Balance Point Racing and they specialize in training athletes of varying levels from your regular guy like me to elite athletes who compete, and win, at global levels. I figure that if I want to do a good job with my training, this will be a fantastic way of doing it since they put on a multitude of group training sessions every week that each member can attend but I would also get a weekly workout specific to my goals from my coach as well as a weekly discussion on how things are going, etc. I’m not 100% sold on it just yet since there’s obviously a cost to it, but I was also invited to attend a few of the group sessions to see how I liked them and how I fit in to the general scheme of things.
So, tomorrow morning, I’m off to my first swim session with the group to see how I like it. I have a feeling I’m going to enjoy it and, with their help, reach my goals!