She Swims

I know I have been posting about my running progress and training plans for some time now but I have something new for you today!

I have been toying with the idea of entering the SheRox Sprint Triathlon race in Philadelphia this coming August. I started reading about it a while back and have been wanting to sign up.

   At first I was concerned that this would interfere with my upcoming Marathon Training, but the more and more I think about it, I believe it can only enhance my training!

Here is what the SheRox Tri distances are:

.8K (.5 mile) swim, 25K (15.5 mile) bike, 5K (3.1 mile) run

Not too bad right?

I was always  planning on integrating some biking and other endurance work into my training regardless.I don’t want to only run, I want to do other things and keep my training fresh. I am concerned about burning out too soon, so I believe the biking/swimming aspect of a triathlon will be beneficial in the long run!

I went out after work today and picked up these bad boys –

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Yes, these are sexy goggles from CVS – what a deal at only $7.99! I haven’t officially signed up for the race, and I don’t want to invest any cash into some of the gear I would need for training just yet.

I want to swim and bike and train for a week or so and see how everything goes with running and give it some time. I don’t want to rush into anything too fast, but I really want to do this race!

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With my sexy new goggles today I decided that a workout in the pool would be perfect for this hot HOT day in Philadelphia. It’s difficult to run outside in this heat, so swimming is such a great alternative to have in my back pocket!

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I swam my little heart out for about 50  minutes with a few breaks in between. The only problem was that I wasn’t sure how many laps I need to do in my pool! It’s small, so I am not sure how many laps would equal a mile. I did about 40 laps and walked the length of the pool, which to me was about 24 steps.

Any idea what that translates to in terms of pool swimming distance? 

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It felt good to swim around on this hot day. It was nice to work out some different muscles I normally wouldn’t hit on a run, specifically my arms! I am sure I will be sore tomorrow!

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It was also awesome to sport these goggles! You know I was working them in the pool!

Swimming those 40 laps today totally made me feel awesome about the tri! I really want to sign up for it! Anyone else in Philly (or out of Philly!) planning on participating?

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What do you think about my triathlon plans?

Have you ever done a tri? Have you done a tri while training for something else? Any words of wisdom would be appreciated!

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10 Comments

  • Reply Meghan@traveleatlove June 23, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    I have never done a tri as I am not a strong swimmer or biker, but I say go for it!!! You will be great!

  • Reply Jen June 23, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    I just did my first tri a couple of weeks ago and LOVED it. I'm now tri training and marathon training at the same time, and also believe it will just make me a better runner.

    You're going to do awesome in the tri! Swimming for 50 min on your first swim is super impressive!

  • Reply Carly June 24, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Well, obviously I do triathlons. 🙂 Check out this post I did awhile back:
    http://carly-makingwaves.blogspot.com/2010/05/triathlon-tips.html
    I think you might find it helpful. Also, trinewbies.com is a great site.

    I think you should go for it and that you'll totally love it.

  • Reply Brittney June 24, 2010 at 1:33 am

    I'm thinking of doing a tri also! My biggest concern is the swim as I don't have a great place to practice, but I agree, those distances are totally doable. Good luck!

  • Reply Lauren June 24, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Weird…I have been seriously considering doing this tri too. My friend did it last year, and is doing it this year, and says it's a lot of fun and a great beginnger tri.
    I just haven't had time to swim, which is why I haven't signed up.

    I need to decide!

  • Reply Kate June 24, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    the sherox is a pipe dream of mine…
    I would need a bike and might have an obligation that weekend… but maybe…
    and Uroc those googles!

  • Reply amanda June 24, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    never done a triathlons…but i've been dying to even since a group of my friends participated in one last year. i love the thought of swimming, biking and running. such a good time!

  • Reply Anne @ the doctor takes a wife June 25, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    How fun!! I would love to do a triathalon, but I am sooo not a swimmer. Maybe I can change that sometime soon!

  • Reply ladypurpl June 27, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    It's good to train differently and work other muscles. I'm sure you will be great!

  • Reply rachel June 28, 2010 at 1:03 am

    i'm doing the philly danskin sherox!!! i did it as a relay last year but it rained and they ended up canceling it half way through. are you going to any of the clinics??

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