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Clarification: There is no such thing as a “mini” triathlon
I feel the need to stand up for anyone who chooses to take on any triathlon, regardless of the length. I have heard folks referring to “mini” triathlons lately. I assume they are referencing a sprint distance triathlon. This distance typically includes a 1/2 mile swim, a 12 mile bike and a 3 mile run. There is nothing “mini” about this. Granted, it is the about the shortest version of a triathlon you’re likely to find around Seattle (with the exception for the Mercer Island Escape From the Rock Triathlon, which is slightly shorter.) But racing any triathlon distance physically and mentally DRAINING! If you’ve done any longer length tri’s, you know the short ones can really get you, as you feel the need to actually sprint each of the legs since they are not so long. Again – this is NOT a “mini” feat!
So, in honor of every sprint distance triathlete who swims over and under hundreds of flailing arms and legs, runs on sea legs to their bike, pedals until their legs are numb and then runs 3 miles on legs that feel something like drunken jello, let us all recognize these efforts are HUGE and not for the faint of heart or head.
So you do not get your head bitten off in the future by a triathlete much meaner than me, please note the correct term for a “mini” distance triathlon is a sprint triathlon. Also note that anyone who completes a sprint triathlon is a badass .
Ok, stepping off my soapbox now !
Who wants to be a TRIATHLETE?
Wouldn’t you love to add triathlete to the end of your name? It looks good – check it out: Sara Dean, Triathlete. Pretty, huh?!
If you’ve never done a triathlon and think you maybe, kinda, sorta, might want to try one, we MUST talk! I won’t try to talk you into anything you don’t want to do, promise! I would love to sit down and talk to you about options, though. There are some GREAT triathlons right here in the Seattle area. I’ve done most of them and I know something about all of them. I love to sit down with first timers to pick out which race might be best for you.
Then there’s the training… If you’ve never done a tri (that’s what you get to call them after you’ve done one, fun, right?!) now is the time to get started with the training. That doesn’t mean training has to be crazy intense just yet, but you want to start getting swimming, biking and running into your weekly workout schedule. I can help you put together a triathlon training program that will detail all your workouts between now and race day.
Ready to go TRIATHLETE-TO-BE ?!
Kirkland Triathlon 2008: GO BRENDA AND AARON!!
Congratulations to Brenda and Aaron who finished the Kirkland Triathlon yesterday! This was Brenda’s first triathlon – and she did amazing! I’ve been training Brenda and Aaron for a few years now…and what fun they’ve been. Aaron and I started working together when he was training for his first triathlon. He dragged Brenda along to one of my bootcamps shortly thereafter, and the rest is history. They have both made such incredible improvements over the years. They are regulars in all my classes. When they can’t make it to class it is obvious something is missing. There energy and drive is admirable. I am so proud to work with this great TRIATHLETE couple!
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