As you may recall, I am registered for the Pink Power Sprint Tri on Sunday. I have been registered for this event since March or April, with full intention to train for the race (unlike the other two triathlons I competed in). I had a plan and I was going to stick with it. But I didn't. And now, I am two days away from the race and I have not sat on my bike or swam a single lap in over two years.
Obviously, this is going to be a stellar event for me. So, to help you in your triathlon adventures, here are my tips for training for a sprint tri ...
If you are training for a sprint tri, do not ignore that there are three different disciplines on race day. Running 40 miles a week will build your endurance, but it is not going to teach you how to freestyle or do flip turns.
If you are training for a sprint tri, do not ignore the fact that riding a bike is different than running. Sure, they are both cardio activities, but they are not the same.
If you are training for a sprint tri, do not ignore the fact that although it might be hard to get your workouts in, it can be done. Take the bike for instance. Sure, you can't bring three kids on training rides with you, but stop pretending you don't own an indoor trainer. It's not that you don't have time, it's that you're not making time.
If you are training for a sprint tri, do not shift your focus to marathon training. That poor tri that you so wanted to crush will only suffer.
If you are training for a sprint tri, do not let your bike sit in a shed for two years with flat tires. have your bike tuned up. Or at least put air in the tires. That way, you could train if you wanted to.
If you are training for a sprint tri, do not let time slip away. If you are going to use an eight week training program, start it eight weeks out. An eight week training plan will do you no good two days before the race.
If you are training for a sprint tri, do not ignore the fact that you will have to transition from the swim to the bike and the bike to the run. Sure, you have a vague memory of what transitions are like, but someone came up with brick workouts for a reason.
If you are training for a sprint tri, do not rely on the fact that you can "get through it." Yes, you probably can. But, it's likely to be painful or embarrassing or flat out laughable.
If you are training for a sprint tri, do not finish the race thinking you are invincible. You are not. And you most definitely can NOT finish a half Ironman. Even if you promise yourself that you will train, because you won't. And you can't fake your way through that ...
(disclaimer - these tips may actually be less helpful tips, and more a stark realization of how poorly prepared TMB may or may not be for her upcoming sprint tri. It might be best if you do the exact opposite of her when you attempt to train for a triathlon.)