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Getting the distance bug...

prhimby prhimJun 24th 2010
Getting the distance bug...
When I first contemplated the notion of 'getting into Triathlon' last year, I was firmly of the opinion that while I was enticed by the idea of a three-sports-in-one-race sprint, there was no way I was ever, ever going to do an ironman. Or even half-ironman!

However, having recently completed my first 3,800m ironman-distance swim (at the Waterland lake, at Cotswold Water Park) in 1hr 1min, I have to admit that the thought of a 400m or 750m just doesn't cut it any more!

So I now find that I'm surprising myself with thoughts of a 70.3 next year, even though just a few months ago the idea was not in the least bit appealing.

As much as I may have no pretentions about turning Pro or anything like that, the modicum of success I have had already has definitely gotten me excited about doing well in triathlon - but at what distance?!

Maybe a good coach is the way forward; or maybe the majority of triathletes find their 'natural' distance through trial and error. Right now, I don't have the experience or contacts to tell.

What is sure is that it's pretty much impossible to get bored! There's so many races and distances to choose from that there's no reason to fall into a rut - or indeed fail to experiment and mix it up a little.

At least... until you find the distance you really want to excel at. And then the game changes, again!
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