Sprint triathlon

Monday, May 07, 2012

hi spark

there is a sprint tri in aug ;p

i really want my hubby to do it ;p

He is soooooo scared. b/c he can't swim well.

it's 700m swim, 12 bike, and 5k run

he doesn't want to do it bc currently he can't swim more than 2 laps without stopping.

it's about 14 x back and forth

so i told him:
(since he encouraged me to do the marathon)

how did i start to run!?????

i didn't just RUN a 5k, 10k, 13.1 or 26.2

i ran 30 secs at a time!

my LUNGS were exploding..... those 30 sec was definitely harder than the marathon!

i had ZERO muscles anywhere ;p oh the aches ;p

i told him just swim 2 more lap each time...... 14 laps is just 14 mins of swimming!

(ok, so he has drowning fear, breathing scares....but who doesn't!)

He said: BUT that's not nonstop! i gotta swim nonstop for 14 laps!!

I said; Yeah, but one doesn't just run a marathon! it took me 1.5 yrs to get here!

He said: true.....

Right now he is 'thinking' about it ;p


just thought I'd share

i know i can do it, but i would have just come back from asia....jetlag
he wants me to do it....

i rather it be him now ;p it's an 'easier' sprint.
in a pool, and parking lot ;p

remember: YOU wIll NEVER know TILL you try!!!

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    Keep encouraging him. I did my first sprint tri last year--swimming was my weakest sport, but once you're in the water you have to finish it--it just takes that first stroke. My friend, who can't swim at all, walked through the laps--she was awesome--and she was strong in running & biking and had a great finish time.

    It's about doing your best, not about winning.
    2713 days ago
    He CAN do it! And you are terrific for encouraging/pushing him to tri! You are right that it just takes little, consistent steps, and perseverence. In 2007, I could not do more than a few laps, but with the help of a few great books and blogs on "Total Immersion" swimming techniques, and LOTS of practice, I managed to do my first tri in 2008 and, despite panicking and doing almost the entire swim leg (500 yards) on my back (so that I could breathe and not panic anymore), I finished without drowning! He CAN do it! Your blog is very inspiring, and your background photo is ENERGIZING!
    2714 days ago
    Good luck! I hope you can convince him!
    2715 days ago
    Also, if he's not qualifying to advance (trying to get a certain time) he can use swim paddles and flippers if it makes it easier with them. I'm using them in mine because otherwise, like him, I'd feel like I'm dying halfway through.
    2715 days ago
    I'm doing my first sprint tri in August too. My partner got in the pool for the first time in 5 years yesterday. Just remind him that he doesn't have to be the fastest! And he can do side stroke, breast stroke, even doggie paddle if he gets too tired going front crawl! He can do it!
    2715 days ago
    Great TRAIN!!
    2716 days ago
    I learned to run the same way you did. Keep us updated on the tri.
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    2716 days ago
    He can do it!!! Just like you starting running one minute at a time, he can learn to swim 700m one lap at a time.
    Way to go, both of you!
    2716 days ago
    I hope he does it. I tried training for a triathlon once. The biking and running were great. the swimming, yeah, not so much. Had a major panic attack in the pool while training and that was the end of that (especially since it was in the ocean). Tell your husband to start now. If he has the basics of swimming, he can do it.
    2716 days ago
    If it is an annual event you could tell him to train up and agree to do it with him next year?
    2716 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    hope he can do it that would be a great start. get him to the pool and just start with laps, 1 at a time. if i am running by then i hope to do it.
    2716 days ago
    A family of firsts...healthy firsts. Great how you encourage each other to push the limits and prove what is really inside you.
    2716 days ago
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