It’s here, it’s really here! I officially start triathlon training today and I’m kicking it off with a swim in Kailua Bay, the very same place the Ironman World Championships athletes start their 2.4 mile swim. I get chills just thinking about it. I’ll follow it with a bike ride and some strength training.
This year I decided to get a coach. I not only do I want to finish my first olympic distance triathlon this year, I want to successfully train and finish strong. After doing some research, first local coaches then coaches a few hours away then finally national coaches, I decided on QT2 Systems Triathlon Coaching, which is based out of Boston. I took advantage of a killer coaching deal in October that they were offering to celebrate their athletes competing at the Ironman World Championships in Kona. To be honest, there weren’t many local coaches/teams to choose from, which was very disappointing. Next I looked to Richmond and the DC area, but I wouldn’t be able to consistently benefit from what they offered (group open water swims, access to team gyms, social events) due to living 1+ hour away and there were a lot of events happening mid-week, and to me having access to something that is just out of reach is an awful feeling.
Last, I started looking nationally. I came across a few blogs that mentioned QT2, so I checked out their website. THIRTY FOUR of their athletes in 2015 went to IMWC in Kona! I mean, that kind of speaks for itself, but I had to of course look a little closer at what they had to offer to those who weren’t going to Kona anytime soon and I liked what I was seeing. In fact, I liked it so much I decided not only was I going to be coached by them, that I wanted to join their age-grouper team, so I did!
I’m currently training for the Jamestown International Triathlon which is in June. It’s a local race, meaning I get to train on the course so there are no (course-related) surprises on race day.
One last thing before I get off the computer and get back to vacation (don’t worry, I’m not missing out on anything right now, it’s 5am here, and I have some time to kill before the sun comes up). After going back and forth about it for the past few weeks, I have decided that it is not the right time to run the Shamrock Half. Looking at my training schedule, there is just not enough time to squeeze in the kind of distance needed to successfully train for a half. At first I was disappointed, but now I’m very happy with my decision.
Have a great week!