How about a triathlon in July ?

I stumbled across the website for the Windermere Triathlon, which will be happening in early July next year. It's what they call an Olympic Triathlon (only just learnt that yesterday) - 1500 meter swim in open water, 45 km cycling around the lake, and finishing off with a 10k run.

The organiser has confirmed that there is no cut-off time. He has promised himself that checkpoints will remain open until the last competitor is back, no matter how long it takes.

With my fitness (or lack of same), it's going to take a whole lot of training. But it's nearly a year out in the future, so there's plenty of time to train. So I'm going to sign up for it. Gives me something to spend those "cross training" days on :)

Anyone fancy doing it as well? It could be cool to have a virtual (or real) team...

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  • Hi! That sounds really great. But maybe the year after that for me...a friend of mine is a triathlete- tried to qualify for the ironman but "failed"... He told me the critical thing is the swimming in the beginning. You should invest some time in a good technique and should try to using mostly your arms. To save some energy for the cycling etc. plus mostly it's open water aswell, so you have to take currents into account. But it should be absolute fun. His girlfriend did a triathlon for the first time this year. She trained for about a year too. And she was absolutely happy and a little bit high for at least a week ... ;) that's partly why I started running... Too many sporty friends with medals .... Good luck for this plan!

  • Wow that sounds an amazing challenge, well done for signing up. I will look forward to reading about your training in due course. Also what a beautiful course I love the lakes, just wished I spent more time there. Good luck.

  • That's hard core! I've heard of having a goal to spur you on..

    but there's so many of you guys going on and doing these impressive things.. I suspect you'll get up to speed for this one.

    Just compare your fitness now ro pre-c25k.. bet there's no comparison!

    Go for it :-)

  • That sounds great and a lovely area, too (I love the Lake District). I've had a plan to do a tri eventually. I was looking at a duathlon first (run / bike) as a taster and then a full tri but a 'beginers one ie shorter run/ride/swim. That one you have signed up for looks to be a full on tri ;o) I'd love to do it though ;o)

  • Urrrmmmm....... nah........... ;-)

  • Good Luck Tomas, I doff my cap to your bravery, unfortunately I have seen the film " Open Water " so Im afraid its a no from me, sorry :-) xxx

  • I will let you know after 31 august I am aiming for my first sprint triathlon. 400m swim, 15km cycle and 5km run. Training is fun and varied and up until now I loved it. It's given my training focus. A couple of things to bear in mind. 1) I miss running three times a week. Only running twice a week at the moment. Most training plans have you doing each discipline twice a week. 2) your least favorite discipline is the one you have to work at the hardest. For me it's cycling. All in all though I would say go for it. I will be doing couch to triathlon in 15 months.

  • That sounds more like what I have been looking at doing.

  • There a quite a few sprints around. I am doing the LCDisability tritogether one. They have one in london and one in Glasgow. There are even a few super sprints as well around. These have shorter distances just for a taster.

  • Thanks for the info :)

  • Yay, great that you have signed up and are in active training. Did you say 31st August this year? Not long to go, and 15 months is impressive! I wish you all the best, and hope to hear a lot about how it all went.

    I can see the downside of only running twice a week, but guess it does make sense to focus on the less favourite areas. And now I have finally started to enjoy running. Oh well, such is life :)

  • Only 22 days and counting. Just two full training weeks left then a taper. The last week is one swim 15min, one run 15 min and one cycle 15 min., all On Different days. I think I am actually going to find that hard, I know I am really looking forward to going back to three runs a week. I will post how I got on.

  • Ooohhh that looks good. And no cut off time either. Brilliant. :-)

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