Over the weekend the kids and I signed up for the local YMCA’s Busy Man Triathlon 2015, which requires you to swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles and run 26.2 miles over an eight-week period ending April 26.
I committed to doing a double – twice those distances — which should force me to get in the pool and on the bike once in a while in addition to my usual running. (Happily, the mileage doesn’t all have to be done at the Y.)
I took a baseline ride on a spin bike Saturday to see how long it took me to ride 6 miles. The results were somewhat humiliating: 31:30, which translates to more than 5 minutes a mile and a speed of less than 12 mph.
According to the computer, I burned less than 200 calories in the process. I can do that in about 16 minutes on the treadmill, given a decent ladder workout.
But this isn’t about the calorie burn. Not yet, anyway. Right now it’s about pushing me out of my comfort zone, because I almost have to trick myself to swim and ride at times. I’d like to do at least one sprint-distance triathlon this year, though, and it would be nice to see some improvement rather than just more of the same.
Even if I didn’t care about triathlons, though, swimming and biking should help me meet my running goals this year. Cycling should make me faster in my efforts to win my age group in three 5k races this year, and swimming should help with endurance for the half marathon I’ll attempt to age-group win Labor Day weekend.